About BFY



The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) developed Building Futures for Youth (BFY), in partnership with the Department of Education, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Nova Scotia Community College, local school boards, and in consultation with Industry representatives. The program is designed to increase the number of youth safely exploring careers in the construction industry. 

Since its original pilot in Halifax in 2008, BFY helped more than 720 students delve into a variety of construction-related fields. The program also expanded to now include nine Nova Scotia school boards.


A competitive application and selection process

Safety Training with NSCC faculty and Construction Safety Nova Scotia

A five to seven-week paid summer work placement with a host employer in the construction industry

Students can Earn

Up to three full high school co-op credits

Paid summer work for up to seven weeks

NSCC scholarship opportunities

Up to 300 Construction Trades “Pre-Apprenticeship” hours

Safety training and certification tailored to the construction industry

Exposure to the construction industry and related occupations

Check out the below video to hear about several student experiences!