Tap Into New Skilled Worker Markets

Tap Into New Skilled Worker Markets with the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration

Do you need help filling persistent labour gaps? Are you looking for new skilled workers to help your business grow? The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) can help.
Right now, we're planning events for March and April 2018 to attract skilled workers to Nova Scotia from key international markets such as Ireland, England and Morocco.
Join us at our upcoming event April 4th : Atlantic Immigration Pilot
You and your business can take advantage of these events by sending a job posting with us, or by joining us in person.
For more about this opportunity, contact us directly. Our team is ready to answer your questions and help you learn how immigration can benefit your business.
Email [email protected] or call (902) 424-5230 and ask for Emma.

Panel on Automation

Chamber to host Automation Discussion Panel

TRURO - A panel discussion on automation will be held in Truro on Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marigold Cultural Centre, 605 Prince St., Truro.

The event is being hosted by the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce and is open to everyone.

The demand for higher productivity, improved quality, cost reduction and efficiency is driving the introduction of automation in all sectors, industries and markets.

“Businesses in our region are already managing the impacts and benefits of automation, and have been for a number of years,” said Alex Stevenson, President of the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce.  “Going forward the scope and pace of automation will increase, as will the resulting impacts on business, customers and workers.”

The seven-person panel representing business and industry organizations will discuss how the implementation of technology is already having an impact on business and organizations.  It has already changed the way businesses engage with customers while evolving the workforce with many advances to be realized in the future.

A study by McKinsey Global Institute, A future that works: Automation, employment and productivity, reports that with current demonstrated technologies, less than five per cent of jobs are candidates for full automation. However, the report says almost every occupation has partial automation potential, further estimating that about half of all the activities people are paid to do have the potential be automated.

“The panel the Chamber has assembled will offer varying perspectives on the anticipated impacts of automation and how it will transform how business is conducted going forward,”   said Stevenson.

The panel will be moderated by Michele Bursey, Senior Account Manager with BDC Truro, and will feature guest speakers Abid Ahmad P. Eng., Academic Chair for Mechanical and Industrial Technologies, the Aviation Institute and the Design and Innovation Center, NSCC; Maxine MacLean, P.Ag. Policy and Communications Coordinator, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture; Michel Raymond, Executive Director, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Stephanie Jones, Owner, McDonalds Restaurants; Keith Gillis, Owner, G & G Computers; Eric MacKeen, General Manager, Tri County Ford; and Craig Paul, Director Business Solutions and Information Technology, Halifax International Airport Authority, Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.

There is no cost to attend this event sponsored by Halifax International Airport Authority. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided following the discussion.  To register for this event contact the chamber office 902-895-6328 or email [email protected].

Media Contact:

Sherry Martell, Executive Director

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

902-895-6328, [email protected]



The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education is pleased to invite you to come and meet with us and talk about workplace safety- what is happening and to help inform our work. This is a continuation of our efforts to meet with individuals, employers, employees, safety professionals and others that wish to advance health and safety in their workplaces.

When and Where

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

8 am to 4 pm


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia

8 am to 4 pm

Program Highlights

The day will be highlighted by breakout sessions on such topics as:

  • Continuing our conversation on challenges, prioritizing and next steps
  • Focused conversation on setting priorities for inspection and outreach planning
  • An interactive session on the Workplace Safety Strategy and the future direction

Information and Registration

  • Plan to attend one session only
  • Same program will be offered at both
  • This Symposium is being presented at no charge to stakeholders
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Registered attendees will be advised of any schedule changes or cancellations due to inclement weather

To Register or more information, please call 902-422-1886 or email [email protected].

These Symposiums are presented by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education in partnership with the Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP)

Join us for an information session on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project (AIPP) with presenter Lena Metledge Diab, Minister of the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration. Learn more about how the Pilot can help your business address current labour gaps!

Wednesday, April 4th from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St
This is a FREE event open to our members and the community. A hot breakfast will be provided.
To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected].

The Annual Federal Budget Luncheon

Please join MNP for a Luncheon and an analysis of the 2018 Federal Budget and how it affects you and your business.
Date: Wednesday, February 28th
Time: 11:30 am for lunch 
Presentation from 12 noon - 1 pm
Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St
Please RSVP to Debbie Cox by
Monday, February 26th, 2018
Email:    [email protected]
Telephone: 902-897-9291

Lunch with CEO of TCPEP, Brennan Gillis

Join the Chamber as we welcome the CEO for the newly established Truro & Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity (TCPEP), Brennan Gillis. There will be an open discussion on economic development in our community.

Thursday, March 1st from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Marigold Cultural Centre lobby.

This is a free event open to our members and the community. A light lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected]

BUSINESS BUILDER BREAKFAST: Riding the Social Media Wave

 Join us Tuesday, February 20th from 8:30-9:30 am at the Marigold Centre for a presentation by Michelle McCann from Bold & Italic Social Communications on building your online presence with social media!
This event is free and members and community are welcome to attend.
Light breakfast will be provided.
Please call 902-895-6328 or email [email protected] to RSVP.
Our Business Builder Breakfasts are sponsored by White Leblanc Wealth Planners/Hollis Wealth.

Call for nominations!

Call for nominations for our 128th Annual Awards and Dinner Gala

The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations to recognize outstanding business leaders at its 128th Annual Awards and Dinner Gala.
Two awards will be presented: the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Business Person of the Year Award and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award.
Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline to submit completed nominations is March 16, 2018.
They may be submitted electronically to [email protected], through the links below, by mail to Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, 605 Prince St., Truro, N.S. B2N 1G2, or at the Chamber office.

Printable nomination forms:

Online nomination forms:

Lunch with the President and CEO of NSBI, Laurel Broten

Hear what's new, trending, and impacting the cross-border focused businesses of our province with Laurel Broten, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc., recently recognized as a trailblazer and trendsetter as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100.

Friday, February 16th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St from 12-1 pm.

$20 members/$25 non-members *Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

Please RSVP by Feb 14th, by calling (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected]

128th Annual Awards & Dinner Gala

128th Annual Awards & Dinner Gala
Join us Thursday, April 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Best Western Glengarry as we present two prestigious awards to businesses in our community. Our guest speaker this year is Senator Daniel Christmas. Enjoy a night of networking and celebrating local achievements!
$50+hst for members and $60+hst for non-members
Please call (902) 895-6328 or email [email protected] to reserve your seat.