Become a Host Employer


Why hire a BFY student

By investing in a 5 to 7 week employment term, you can:

  • Identify potential future employees & invest in your own company’s succession plan
  • Receive publicized recognition for supporting the BFY program
  • Support local youth in their pursuit of a career in the construction industry
  • Establish lasting relationships with schools, teachers, students & their families in your community
  • Gain a summer employee who is prepared to work
  • Receive CANS member incentives such as web advertising, education credits, printing services, member events & many more
All BFY students
  • Are pre-screened through a rigorous application process
  • Have their own PPE (safety boots, hard hat, safety glasses & vests)
  • Have NSCC Construction Safety Awareness Certificates, which include Fall Protection, Scaffolding, Electricity, Confined Spaces, Traffic Control, Tool Box ID, Hand & Power Tools, Documents/Drawings, Trades Match and more
  • Have Construction Safety Nova Scotia certificates in Fall Arrest Worker & Scaffolding Awareness
  • Are certified in OH&S, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Fall Protection, and Staging and Scaffolding training
  • Are educated on confined spaces & traffic control
  • Are at least 16 years of age with a valid SIN
  • Are registered as a pre-apprentice & must maintain log books
  • Are issued temporary work permits by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for compulsory certified trades
  • *Students do not count towards your journeyperson/apprentice ratio
Your commitment
  • You have the option to attend student interviews, or you can save time by letting the BFY team match you with the right candidate
  • Hiring a student from early July to mid-August (5-7 weeks)
  • Hourly wages are the decision of the employer; we recommend fair market wages for an entry-level position
  • Add the student to your WCB – they are also covered by the School Insurance Program (SIP)
  • Select a mentor for the student & provide feedback to the student’s co-op teacher
Wage Subsidy Program

We recognize that some companies have the desire to participate in the program but lack the resources to become a host employer. As a result, BFY has initiated a Wage Subsidy Program to provide financial support. If funding is an issue for you, contact us to find out how we can help.




If you're interested in becoming a host employer, please contact:

Lori Rogers
Tel: 902-468-2267 ext 710
Email:  lrogers@cans.ns.ca

If you would like a peer referral, please contact Lester Buckland:

Tel: 902-499-2484
Email: LBuckland@BlackandMcDonald.com