Are you facing workforce challenges and thinking about succession planning? As an employer in Nova Scotia’s construction industry, you realize the need to develop and retain our future workforce.

Building Futures for Youth (BFY) is a competitive paid summer Co-op program that offers grade 10 and 11 students across the province the opportunity to safely explore careers in the construction sector through paid summer work, so that they can make informed career choices regarding their future occupations. Co-op placements provides academic credit for structured job experience with a mentor and provide the support of a supervising teacher. By simultaneously hiring students as a paid employee, they are immersed in a more authentic learning experience and are motivated to stay engaged.

Why You Should Hire a Building Futures for Youth Student

As an employer in Nova Scotia’s construction industry, you realize the need to develop and retain our future workforce.By investing in a 200-hour employment term, you can:
• Identify potential future employees and invest in your own company’s succession plan
• Support local youth in construction industry career exploration
• Establish lasting relationships with schools, teachers, students and their families in your community
• Receive publicized recognition for supporting the BFY program
• Gain a young summer employee who is vetted, safety trained, motivated and prepared to work
• Receive CANS member incentives such as web advertising, education credits, printing services, member events, and many more

All Building Futures For Youth Students Are Ready To Work

Before a BFY student starts work with your company. They will be:

• Pre-screened through a rigorous application process
• Motivated and well prepared towork safely
• A minimum of 16 years of age with a valid SIN
• Registered as a pre-apprentice and will not count towards the Journeyperson/ apprenticeship ratio at your company
• Issued temporary work permits by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for compulsory certified trades
• Provided safety training at NSCC and have their own PPE (safety boots, hard hat and safety glasses)
• Certified in OH&S, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Fall Protection, and Staging and Scaffolding Awareness.

Your Commitment

• You have the option to attend student interviews to meet with potential employees, or you can save time and trust BFY to match you with the right candidate.
• Students are available to work in July and August, and the program is a 200-hour commitment.
• Since the program is also a Co-op, there will need to be a Mentor assigned to supervise the student, and a Teacher will be checking in periodically.
• We suggest fair market wages, but salary amounts are the decision of the employer. The student must be added to your WCB but is also covered by SIP (School Insurance Program).
• The student is subject to the same rules of work as all other employees. Employment can be terminated at any time if expectations are not being met

Wage Subsidy Program

Recognizing that some companies may have thedesire but lack the resources to become a Host Employer, BFY has initiated a Wage Subsidy Program. Our goal is to help provide meaningful career-related work experiences in the construction industry. If you would like to offer a summer position but funding is an issue, talk to us about how we can help.


Since its original pilot in Halifax in 2008, there have been more than 200 BFY Host Employers who have helped youth on their journeys towards a career in construction.
Whether your company has hosted one student or more, hosted for one year or more, we’re thankful you’ve given youth in Nova Scotia the chance to explore a career in the construction industry.
Our Champion Host Employers are those companies who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the BFY program – some have been Host Employers for 12 years, while others have taken more than 40 students over the years!

Dexter Construction Company Ltd.

Bird Construction Group

Lindsay Construction

Black & McDonald Limited

Strait Regional Centre for Education

rcs Construction Inc.

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education

Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal

Ocean Contractors Limited

Halifax Regional Centre for Education

Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education

Flynn Canada Ltd.

Graves Electrical Ltd.

Roscoe Construction Ltd.

Aluma Systems Inc.

NSCC Lunenburg

A.B. Mechanical Limited

Abco Industries

Aberdeen Paving Limited

Advanced Polymer Coatings

Affordable Quality Plumbing

Alex MacNeil Electrical

All County Renovations

All East Mechanical Contractors

Allstar Rebar

Aluma Systems Inc.

Alvin Company

AMD Landscaping

AMEC Envirnmental

AML Painting Ltd.

Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Appollo Masonry

Arsenault Bros Construction

Asbestos Abatement Ltd.

Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc.

Aucoin Renovations Ltd.

Axeman Landscape & Construction

B Richardson Construction Ltd

Backman Vidcom Integrated Technology Solutions

Baker Mechanical & Plumbing Systems

BCL Buildon Construction Limited

BCS Controls Systems Ltd

Betty Ann Design

Bird Construction

Black & McDonald Limited

Blueline New Holland

Blunden Construction

Boyle Excavating Ltd.

Brewster Well Drilling

Brian Richardson Contracting

Brilun Construction

Burke Construction

Cabot Links Golf Course

CADtech Computer Drafting Services Ltd.

Calvin MacDonald Formwork

Cape Breton Drywall & Paint Ltd.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board

Caribou Island Electric Limited

Carman Construction Inc.

Central Equipment, Inc.

Charles Stewart Electrical

Cherubini Metal Works Inc.

Chignecto-Central Regional School Board

Chute’s Carpentry

CKG Group

CME Group

Comeau’s Sea Foods Limited

Costin Paving & Contracting Ltd.

D’Ambroise Painting

Defense Construction Canada (DCC)

Delmar Construction Ltd.

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Dexter Construction Company Ltd.

DF Beaton Service Centre

Digby Pines Golf  Resort & Spa

Digby Public Works

DJ MacLean & Sons Carpentry Ltd.

DKT Turbo Electrical

DND Fleet Maintenance Facility, Cape Scott

Eagle Crest Golf Course

Eassons Transport Ltd

East Isle Construction Ltd.


Elmsdale Landscaping  Ltd.

England Paving & Contracting Ltd.

Evangeline Transport Ltd

Fairline Electrical

Fire Stop Enterprises Ltd.

FJ Boyle Construction

Flynn Group of Companies

Fowler Construction Services Ltd.

G.C. Baxter Plumbing & Heating Limited

G.J. Cahill and Company Ltd

G3 Galvanizing Ltd.

Garian Construction Ltd.


Gillanguy Construction

Gil-Son Construction Ltd

Global Firestop Services

Good All Round Renovations

GoodFellow Incorporated


Graves Electrical Ltd.

Greg Burke Electric Ltd.

Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax Regional School Board

Harbour Foundations

Harlow Construction Ltd.

Hart’s Service Centre XTR

Higgins Construction Ltd.

Hilltop Electrical & Plumbing

Hiltz & Seamone

Hodgson’s Chipping Ltd.

HRM Parks and Open Spaces

Ice Man AC & Maintenance Ltd.

Ideal Electric Ltd.

Irving Equipment

Island Machining Ltd.

Island Steel

J.W. Bird & Company Ltd

Jetco Contracting Inc.

Jim Wilkie Mechanical Inc.

Jim Winfield Carpentry

Joey Poirier Construction

Joneljim Concrete Construction (1994) Ltd.

Josh Lynch’s Contracting

JR Eisner Contracting

JT Van Zutphan

Just Add Color

KAL Construction

Kelly Villneuve Salvage

Ken Flett Roofing

Kent Building Supplies

Kevin McCully Properties


L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd.


LaHave Paving Ltd.

Land & Sea

Lenihan’s Paving (2014) Ltd.

Leonrad MacPhee Construction

Lewis Mouldings

LIG Construction

Lindsay Construction

Lloyoll Custom Building

LP Electric

MacNeil Electrical

Mahon’s Mechnical Ltd.

Marener Industries Ltd.

Marid Industries Ltd.

Marine Atlantic Corporation

Mark Bevis Construction

Markland Associates Ltd.

Maxim Construction Inc.

McCarthy’s Roofing Ltd.

McDonald Brothers Construction

McLeod Safety Services Ltd.

McNally Construction Ltd.

Moore Enterprises Ltd.

Municipal Group of Companies

Municipal Ready-Mix Ltd.

Municipality of Chester

ND Muise Construction

Norm Smith Electric Ltd.

Northair Windows & Doors Ltd.

Northeast Nutrition

Northern Contracting Ltd.

Nova Construction

Nova Millwrights Ltd.

Nova Wood Products Ltd.

NSCC Burridge

NSCC Kingstec

NSCC Lunenburg

NSCC Marconi

NSCC Shelburne

NSCC Waterfront

Ocean Contractors Ltd.

Orchard Creek Construction


Pinaud Drywall & Acoustical Limited

Plyform Construction

PMC Roofing

PNL Communications Group

Point Michaud Construction Ltd.


Portable Welders

Precision Concrete Services Ltd.

Pro-Tech Electric Ltd.

Quality Machining

RCCL – Ralph Conner Co. Ltd.

rcs construction

Rendan Fabricators Limited

Retire-Well Renovations Limited

RKO Steele Ltd.

Robert Archibald Construction

Rocky Knoll Farm

Roclan (Dora Construction)

Rod Christmas Plumbing

Rodney Enterprises Millwork

Roger Chandler Homes and Renovations

Ron Chisholm Hydro-Seeding

Roscoe Construction Ltd.

Royale Floors and Services

RPH Distributors Ltd.

Sancton Group

Scotia Sheet Metal

Scott Elevator Manufacturing Ltd.

Shep-Com Construction Ltd.

Smith Family Farms

South Shore Glass Ltd.

Spar Marine Limited

Steve MacKin Construction

Stone Brothers

Strait Regional School Board

Sunrise Enterprises

Super Truss

Superior Roof Truss

Superport Marine Services Ltd.

SystemCare Cleaning & Restoration

T Coady Alarms Ltd.

Target Hydraulics & Machine Works

TG Welding & Fabrication Limited

The Links at Brunello

TN Trenholm Construction

Tony Coady Alarms

Town of Shelburne Public Works

Town of Truro Public Works

Traditional Cabinetry and Woodworks

Trailsmen Motel Maintenance

Transit Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

Tri-County Diesel & Marine Inc.

Tri-County Regional School Board

Trifos Design Consultants

Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.

Turf Masters Landscaping Ltd

Twin City Painting

United Rentals

Van Oirschot Builders

Ven-Rez Products

Walker’s Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Wassink Home Improvements

Weeks Construction

Whitestone Developments

Will-Kare Paving  & Contracting Ltd.

Willow Lodge Maintenance

Windsor Sales & Rentals


Withrow’s Farm Market

Woodsmith Construction Inc.

Wycobah Band Council

Zinck’s Mechanical Insulation

Zutphen Contractors

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