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 320 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

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education

Graves Electrical Ltd.

Ocean Contractors Limited

rcs Construction Inc.

Strait Regional Centre for Education

Aluma Systems Inc.

Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education

Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal

Flynn Canada Ltd.

Halifax Regional Centre for Education

NSCC Lunenburg

Roscoe Construction Ltd.

A.B. Mechanical Limited

A.F.Theriault & Son Ltd.

AAA Plumbing & Heating

ABCO Industries Limited

Aberdeen Paving Limited

Able Electric

Access Contracting Ltd.

Acker & Doucette Surveying Inc.

Advanced Polymer Coatings

Affordable Quality Plumbing

All County Construction

All East Mechanical Contractors

All Star Rebar (Nova Scotia) Ltd.

All Steel Builders East Ltd

Allsteel Coatings Limited

Aluma Systems Inc.

Alva Construction Limited

Alvin Co. Ltd.

AMD Landscaping

AMEC Environmental

AML Painting Limited

Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education

Apollo Masonry

ARCP – Atlantic Road Construction & Paving Ltd

Argus Renovations

Arsenault Brothers Construction

Asbestos Abatement Ltd.

Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc.

Axeman Landscaping

B Richardson Construction

B.D. Stevens Limited

Backman Vidcom Ltd.

Baker Mechanical

Balodis Inc.

BCL-Buildon Construction Limited

Beaton Mechanical

Bernie Smith Electric

Betty Ann Design

Bev’s Carpentry

Big Sky Builders

Bird Construction Group

Black & McDonald Limited

Blueline NewHolland

Blunden Construction (1995) Limited

Bower and Son Carpentry

Brad Goodsell Design Build

Brewster’s Well Drilling

Brilun Construction Limited

Burke Construction

Butt’s Auto Service

Cabot Links Grounds

Cadtech Computer Drafting Services Ltd.

Caledonia Electrical Services

Calvin MacDonald Formwork

Cape Breton Drywall

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Cape Breton West Construction

Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education

Caribou Island Electric Ltd.

Carman’s Construction

Carvery’s Construction Ltd.

Central Equipment Inc

Ceres Halifax

Charles Stewart Electrical

Cherubini Metal Works Limited

Cheticamp Welding & Machine Shop Ltd.

Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education

Chute’s Carpentry

CKG Elevator Ltd

Clearwater Seafoods LP

CME Group

Comeau Refrigeration

Comeau’s Sea Foods Limited

Costin Paving & Contracting Limited

CP Distributors

Cunnigham Construction

D-MAC Construction

D.J. MacLean & Sons Contracting Ltd

D’Ambroise Painting

Defense Construction Canada

Delmar Construction

Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal

Dexter Construction Company Ltd.

DF Beaton Service Station

Digby Pines Golf & Resort

Donegal Masonry Limited

DORA Construction Limited

Doug & Daughter Welding

DTK Turbo Electrical

Duncan’s Plumbing Heating & Filtration

Eaasons Transport Group

Eagle Crest Golf Course

East Coast Metal Fabrication

East Isle Construction

Eastern Welding Ltd.

Ed’s Hydraulic & Marine Services

Ellis Don Corporation

Elmsdale Landscaping Limited

England Paving & Contracting Ltd

ENJ Millworks

Enslow Electric

Evangeline Transport Ltd

Fairline Electrical

Fire Stop Enterprises

FJ Boyle Construction

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott National Defence

Flynn Canada Ltd.

Fowler Construction Services Limited

Fridays Concrete

  1. Veinot Metal Fabrication Ltd.

G.C Baxter Plumbing & Heating Limited

G.J. Cahill & Co. (1979) Ltd.

G3 Galvanizing

Garian Construction Ltd.

Gary Belliveau Construction & Excavating LTD

Gary Scott Elevator

Gaudet Building Contractors Ltd. (GBCL)

Gil-Son Construction Ltd.

Gillanguy Construction

Glass Brothers Construction Inc

Global Construction (Maritimes)

Good All Round Renovations

Goodfellow Inc.

Graham Construction Ltd.

Graves Electrical, Plumbing & Mechanical Ltd

Greg Burke Electrical

Guildfords (2205) Inc.

Halifax International Airport

Halifax Regional Centre for Education

Harbour Foundations Ltd.

Harlow Construction Limited

Hart’s Service Centre XTR

Hazeldale Milling & Trucking

Hearthstone Hospitality

Hercules Machining & Millwright

Higgins Construction Ltd. (a division of Lindsay Construction)

Hilltop Electrical & Plumbing

Hiltz & Seamone

Hodgson’s Chipping Ltd.

Horton – Boyd

HRM Parks Department

HRS Industrial

I love renovations

Ice Man AC & Maintenance Ltd.

Ideal Electric Limited


Iron Dog Inc.

Irving Equipment Limited

Island Jax Construction

Island Machining Ltd

Island Steele

  1. Peach Masonry Ltd.
  2. R. Eisner Contracting Ltd.
  3. W. Bird & Company Limited (Bird-Stairs)
  4. Wilkie Mechanical Inc.

JETCO Contracting Inc.

Jim Winfield Carpentry

Joey Poirier Construction

John Morrison Contracting

Joneljim Concrete Construction

Josh Lynch’s Contracting

Just Add Color

KAL Construction

Kel-Greg Enterprises Ltd.

Kelly Villneuve Salvage

Ken Flett Roofing

Kent Building Supplies

Kevin McCully Properties

Kona Cranes

L & B Electric Ltd

  1. I. G Construction

L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd.

Lafarge Canada Inc.

LaHave Paving

Lahey Glass

Land & Sea

Leigh Weare Wiring Services

Lenihan Paving

Leonard MacPhee Construction

Lindsay Construction

Links at Brunello

Lloyoll Custom Building

Lnuey General Contracting

Logan Drilling Group

Lorne Aucoin Renovations

LP Electric

LRD Excavating and Welding Ltd.

Lunenburg County Shipwrights

M & M Sheet Metal

M.R.S. Construction Ltd.

MacNeil Electrical

Mahon’s Mechnical Ltd.

Manzer Construction

Marener Industries

Marid Industries Limited

Marine Atlantic

Mariner Forge Enterprises Ltd

Mark Bevis Construction

Markland Associates Ltd

McAdoo’s Landscaping & Excavating

McCarthy’s Roofing Ltd.

McLeod Safety Services Ltd.

McNally Construction Inc.

Monk Renos

Moore Enterprises

Municipal Ready Mix Limited

Municipality of Chester

Municipality of the County of Inverness

Munroe & Gillespie Contracting Ltd

Murray Hatt Electrical Services

ND Muise Construction

New Minus Sheet Metal

Norm Smith Electrical Ltd.

Northair Windows & Doors

Northeast Nutrition

Northern Contracting Limited

Nova Construction Company Ltd.

Nova Millwrights

Nova Wood Products Ltd.

NSCC Burridge

NSCC Kingstec

NSCC Lunenburg

NSCC Marconi

NSCC Shelburne

NSCC Waterfront


Oblique Construction & Design Ltd

Ocean Contractors Limited

On Deck Construction

Orchard Creek Construction

Oxford Frozen Foods

Paramount Electric

Parsons ICF Construction

PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Peter Langille’s Plumbing & Heating

Peter S. Conrod Construction Ltd.

Peter Watson Construction

Pinaud Drywall and Acoustical Ltd.

Plyform Construction

PMC Roofing Limited

PNL Communications Group

Point Michaud Construction

Pomerleau Inc.

Portable Welders Ltd.

Porterbuilt Carpentry and Construction Services

Precision Concrete Services Limited

Pro-Tech Electric

Quality Machining Services Ltd

RA Jamieson Contracting

RCCL- Ralph Connor Company Limited

rcs Construction Inc.


Rendan Fabricators

Retire-Well Renovations

Rhyno’s Ltd.

RKO Steele Ltd.

Robby’s Tractor-Trailer Services Limited

Robert Archibald Construction

Rocky Knoll Farms

Rod Christmas Plumbing

Rodney Enterprises Ltd.

Roger Chandler Renovations

Ron Chisholm Hydro-Seeding Ltd

Rondeau Refrigeration Ltd.

Roscoe Construction Ltd.

Roymar Builders Ltd.

RPH Distributors Ltd.

Ruggles Contracting

Sancton Group Inc.

Scotia Metal Products Inc.

Seacrest Electrical

Shep-com Construction

Smith Family Farms

Sorensen Electric

Sorenson Electric Ltd

South Shore Glass Limited

South Shore Regional Centre for Education

Spar Marine

Steve Doyle Construction

Steve MacKin Construction

Strait Regional Centre for Education

Sunbuilt Contracting Ltd

Sunrise Enterprises

Superior Truss

Superport Marine

System Care Cleaning & Restoration

Target Hydraulics & Machine Works

Tate Plumbing

TCB Riverview Construction

Terra Firma Development Corporation

TG Welding & Fabrication Limited

TMC Contracting

TN Trenholm Construction

Tony Coady Alarms

Town of Digby Public Works

Town of Parrsboro Public Works

Town of Truro Public Works

Traditional Cabinetry and Woodworks

Trailsmen Motel Maintenance

Transit Plumbing & Heating

Travis Kaizer Contracting

Travis Mills Construction

Tri-County Regional Centre for Education

Tri-County Truck & Marine

Trifos Design Consultants

Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.

Turf Masters Landscaping Ltd.

Twin City Alarms Limited

Twin City Painting (1979) Limited

Ultra Alarm

United Rentals

Van Oirschot Builders

Ven-Rez Products

Verge Technologies

Versatile Ventilation

VistaCare Communications Services of Canada Inc.

  1. Weeks Construction Limited

Wagmatcook Band Council

Wagner’s Refrigeration

Walker’s Electrical Construction & Maintenance

Wallace Construction

Wassink Home Improvements

Waterview Machine Works Limited

Waycobah First Nation Band

Weeks Construction

White Rock Mechanical Services Ltd.

Whitestone Developments

Will-Kare Paving & Contracting Ltd.

Willow Lodge Maintenance Department

Windsor Sales & Rentals


Withrow’s Farm Market

Woodsmith Construction

Zinck’s Mechanical Insulation Limited

Zutphen Contractors Inc

Zwicker Masonry

Looking for more information?

Tanya Reddick

BFY Program Lead

Tel: 902-456-6444

Email: treddick@cans.ns.ca

Adam Gilbert

BFY Program Lead

Tel: 902-809-2297

Email: agilbert@cans.ns.ca