About Us


Since 2003 the Employment Development Centre has provided employment enhancement services to unemployed individuals facing multiple barriers to employment in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Our mission is to assist employment disadvantaged individuals to overcome attitudinal, social and educational barriers to employment by enhancing and increasing their employment potential within the community.

The Employment Development Program is one of six Work Activity programs located across Nova Scotia. Individuals wanting to participate in the program can be referred by agencies in the community or the individuals themselves.

The Employment Development Program is governed by the Horizon Achievement Centre and jointly funded by Employment Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services via the Canada Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement.

what we do

We offer individuals training in the following Marketable Skills: Food/Hospitality Services, Janitorial/Environmental Services, and Retail/Sales (read more info on the Marketable Skills page). We also provide instruction in the following Essential Skills: Life Skills/Pre-Employment, Employability, Academic Upgrading and Computer Skills, and Workforce Technology (read more info on the Essential Skills page).

“The Employment Development program provided excellent guidance on how to become better at finding and keeping employment.” – Justin R.