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Attract more people to skilled labour program for the restaurant sector

Updated training will support people working in the hospitality and restaurant sector who want to refresh their skills and help to attract additional labour force for when business levels return to normal.


Current Stage


    Discovery & Scoping
    To advance to the next stage, the project concept must be developed.

Next Stage


    Development of further training opportunities for existing talent and Red Seal Chefs


    Post-pandemic review for the attraction of new talent for a full return of business


Halifax is known around the world for being friendly and welcoming – it comes as second nature to us. This stands out the most in the hospitality and food services sector. Halifax can build on this strength with additional training that supports our aspiration as a world-class destination. The designation of world-class will help to attract skilled staff to a sector that competes for the most sought-after talent and provides highly-transferrable skills and an employment lifestyle that suits the needs of many, including first-time job opportunities. Skilled labour in the restaurant sector should be promoted and the workers celebrated for their contributions to our community and destination.

The current focus is on the development of Red Seal Chefs as this approach builds overall capacity. It will also support other initiatives within this plan.

See related ITMP initiative #7.

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Key Players



    Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS)

Partners & Potential Partners


    Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)


    Black Business Initiative


    Mi'kmaq communities


    Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS)


    Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency