How is the Halifax Connector Program improving talent retention in Nova Scotia?

October 6, 2015

Connecting people doing business in Halifax with talented professionals looking for a reason to stay in the area is of the most important aspects of the Halifax Partnership’s work.

As of May 2015, when the Halifax Partnership’s most recent annual report was published, the Partnership’s Halifax Connector Program had attracted more than 120 new business Connectors during the 2014-2015 period – as well as 320 local and international graduates and business professionals, known as Connectees. All in all, the initiative now numbers over 760 business Connectors and 1,000 Connectees, and the Partnership has proudly found employment in Halifax for around one-third of Connectees. Moreover, the Partnership also got involved with communities across the nation and even the globe, helping them set up their own programs to match qualified personnel with business opportunities in Canada and beyond.

“Improving job prospects for Nova Scotian youth may
heighten retention.”

Improving job prospects for Nova Scotian youth may encourage more of the students who attend Halifax’s highly acclaimed postsecondary institutions to stay in the area following graduation. Currently, according to a special analysis conducted by the Halifax Partnership, a net annual average of 1,300 individuals between the ages of 20 and 29 leave Nova Scotia each year, in part due to a dearth of entry-level positions for new grads in the province.

Without concerted retention efforts from organizations such as the Halifax Partnership, the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future, especially given the recent release of figures from Statistics Canada. As CBC News reported, the data agency revealed that as of July, Canadians under 15 years of age composed just 16 per cent of the nation’s population. Meanwhile, the 65-and-older group – which made up 16.1 per cent of the country’s residents in July – is set to grow fast. In light of these statistics, initiatives such as the Halifax Connector Program are more important than ever.

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