Education - Nova Scotia Employers Take Steps to Bring Former Nova Scotians Home to Work



    HALIFAX, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - Some of Nova Scotia's largest employers will be
in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., next week to recruit former Nova Scotians
and other job-seekers for positions back home.
    Opportunities Nova Scotia has scheduled networking events in Toronto on
Nov. 5 and Mississauga on Nov. 6 to showcase available positions and establish
and maintain connections with potential employees. Similar events will take
place in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton between Nov. 7 and 15.
    "We're expecting an average of nearly 13,000 new job openings annually
over the next five years, and we want to get out there and tell Canadians
about them," said Premier Rodney MacDonald. "By bringing together some of Nova
Scotia's top businesses, which are prepared to win employees in a very
competitive climate, we can demonstrate the strength of our economy and show
that there are high-quality jobs available right now in Nova Scotia."
    Some of the employers taking part in Opportunities Nova Scotia include
Halifax Regional Municipality, Maritime Forces Atlantic, EastLink, Dexter
Construction, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Capital District Health Authority and
the Public Service Commission. These organizations employ about 30,000 Nova
Scotians in key sectors in all regions of the province.
    A virtual recruitment campaign has been created to accompany the
networking events, giving expatriates and other job-seekers living across the
country and in Nova Scotia the chance to connect with employers through
on-line job postings at www.opportunitiesns.ca .
    The Nova Scotia government has hired human-resource consultants The
People Bank to facilitate the events and run the online recruitment campaign.
The People Bank will host Opportunities Nova Scotia offices in each city for
five months around the events, enabling employers and job seekers to connect
over the longer term.
    "Nova Scotians no longer have to settle for less when they move back to
the province. Employers recognize we need to offer comparable salaries,
benefits and working conditions, and we're prepared to go the extra mile to
recruit talented employees," said Don Rankin, director of human resources for
EastLink. "The quality of life in Nova Scotia has always been exceptional. Now
we're closing the gap to make it more appealing to work here as well."
    Kristen Rector is an expatriate Nova Scotian who recently made the
decision to move back home. She left Nova Scotia in the mid-1990s to complete
her post-secondary education diploma and start her career in Toronto. She was
living in a rented apartment in downtown Toronto with her husband and twin
three-year-old daughters when she realized she wanted to come home to Nova
Scotia. She and her family moved in 2006 and have since bought a house in
downtown Halifax.
    "Now we can walk to work and visit with my mother more often. My
daughters get to grow up knowing their grandparents and living by the ocean.
My job is very challenging and I don't have to work as many hours as I did in
Toronto. Generally, the move home has resulted in a better quality of life for
me and for my family. It was definitely worth it."
    The Toronto Opportunities Nova Scotia event will take place at the
Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade. The Mississauga event will take
place at the Novotel Toronto Mississauga Centre, 3670 Hurontario St. Both
events will run from noon to 8 p.m. local time.

    For more information on Opportunities Nova Scotia, see the website at
www.opportunitiesns.ca .




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Holly Dunn, (902) 424-8786,
cell: (902) 221-3615, dunnha@gov.ns.ca

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