Centre for Employment Innovation

The Nova Scotia Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) provides leadership, fosters best practices, conducts research, and encourages collaboration in the development and delivery of employment services across Nova Scotia. The CEI strives to ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the core of all of its work.

Operating within, and supported by, the StFX Extension Department and working in partnership with government, service providers, community agencies, and researchers, the CEI brings people and knowledge together. Together with its partners, the CEI aims to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of employment services across the province in order to foster a skilled, resilient, and productive workforce.

The work of the CEI will help change the socio-economic development narrative in communities, shifting from a focus on weaknesses and deficits to an emphasis on strengths, opportunities, and assets. Further, the CEI will complement the innovation and enterprise efforts currently underway within the StFX Extension Department that aim to encourage social innovation, entrepreneurship, and enterprise activities across Nova Scotia.

The work of the CEI is defined by four key areas: