NOW Guiding Principles

Accountability: Ensuring that project activities and measurable aspects are met builds program integrity.

Collaboration: Encouraging government, business, and community to collaborate successfully for the best interests of Nova Scotians.

Diversity and Inclusion: Demonstrating diversity and fostering inclusion of participants, employers, partner organizations and proponents creates a stronger province.

Engagement: Engaging employers and industries will ensure immediate and longer-term labour market attachment and integration. The active and safe involvement of participants, employers, trainers, and proponents is essential for successful program design and implementation.

Evaluation and research: Conducting a developmental evaluation, as well as identifying other emergent research, as a component of program implementation will help determine best practices for future programs, including adjustments to the NOW program.

Innovation: Fostering inspiration and best practices that generate new approaches for effective labour force attachment creates a more resilient and effective workforce.

Life-long learning: Promoting life-long learning and self-sufficiency benefits both individuals and the whole community.

Mentorship, Training and Support: Linking training and employment adds value for both participants and industry. Individuals want to work but many require training and support. Mentoring, follow-up, and evaluation are vital to continued achievement and long-term labour force attachment and integration.

Person-centered: Working with participants to develop supports that enable them to successfully engage in sustainable and meaningful employment delivers a more effective program.