Who We Are
Who We Are
The Association of Industry Sector Councils (AISC) is a collaborative effort dedicated to growing a competitive Nova Scotia by attracting, retaining, and training the strongest workforce possible. The Association was formally established in 2000 with nine Industry Sector Councils. It has since grown to include 14 Industry Sector Councils and organizations who collectively represent almost two-thirds of Nova Scotia’s employers and workforce, and half of the province’s GDP.
- Atlantic Home Building & Renovation Sector Council
- Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
- Digital Nova Scotia
- Forestry Sector Council
- Health Care Human Resources Sector Council
- Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association
- Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
- Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture
- Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council
- Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council
- Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia
- Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic
The Atlantic Home Building & Renovation Sector Council (AHBRSC) was established in Halifax in 1991 as a regional industrial training committee and became an industry sector council in 2000. The AHBRSC is a federally-registered, non-profit corporation and a key strategic partner for builders, renovators and trades workers in the home construction and renovation industry in Atlantic Canada. We provide a forum for partnerships, research, planning and programming to meet the current and future labour market needs of our industry. We believe that properly skilled workers build and renovate quality homes and create better communities for all of us. Working with a variety of public and private industry partners, our goal is to ensure that there is an adequate supply of fully-trained and highly-skilled trades workers to meet the needs of the home building and renovation industry in Atlantic Canada.
The Automotive Sector Council of Nova Scotia (ASC) is an independent non-profit organization responsible to a board of directors. We are the trusted hub for information and access to resources and industry intelligence for automotive service and repair businesses, employees, apprentices, and students. The respected voice of workforce development and labour market information for Nova Scotia’s automotive service and repair industry. We build relationships and collaboration among industry, Federal and Provincial Governments, the Nova Scotia Community College, community organizations, career practitioners, and the trades.
Leadership makes the difference. Advocating for manufacturers and exporters. Building a more competitive business environment. Providing critical and timely intelligence. Strengthening leadership through best practices and leveraging networks for success. We are Canada’s largest trade and industry association. We are Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Digital Nova Scotia (DNS) is the industry association for Nova Scotia’s ICT and digital technologies sector. Engaging industry stakeholders and over 240 members, we strive to connect our digital community through impactful programs, networking opportunities, industry events and innovative initiatives. DNS proudly supports business growth, skills development and capacity building, celebrates sector successes, facilitates connections between industry to talent, and drives the province’s digital economy.
Cultivating a workforce like our forests—sustainable, diverse, and growing. The Forestry Sector Council collaborates with partners to develop a skilled and professional workforce for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector. The industry-led, non-profit organization works to identify and solve labour challenges through commitment to inclusivity and innovation, human resource planning, talent attraction and retention, and skill development.
The Health Care Human Resource Sector Council (HCHRSC) addresses human resource planning and development within the Nova Scotia health and community care sectors. By providing resources, training and expertise, the Council contributes to a viable, well trained sector workforce. We maintain close ties with sector stakeholders such as employers, employees, industry organizations, regulatory bodies, educational institutions and government departments.
Impact Organizations of Nova Scotia helps build organizational capacity within the non-profit and voluntary sector. We also act as a non-partisan voice for the Community Sector, to help tell Nova Scotians about the contributions that the Community Sector makes to our province. Our current priorities include increasing access to training opportunities, to help build capacity within the Community Sector, improving management and planning of human resources, developing strategies of attraction and retention of staff and volunteers, and fostering a sense of identity as a sector with an enhanced ability to work collaboratively and play a role in consultation and decision-making.
The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association was established in 1998 to represent the business interests of boatbuilders, boat repairers and servicers. The NSBA does this by promoting the sector to potential customers and employees, providing technical and market advice, representing the sector at all government levels, supporting Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician apprentices, and by encouraging and facilitating certification.
The Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council (NSCSC) is a not-for-profit organization that partners with industry stakeholders to provide human resource solutions, labour market information, training, education and other services to support the development, responsiveness, and sustainability of the Industrial-Commercial-Institutional construction sector in Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture has been the voice of Nova Scotia farmers since 1895. Representing the interests of over 90% of all agricultural production across the province. The NSFA supports farm families and businesses through lobby and advocacy efforts and the delivery of programs and services. The NSFA works in the best interest of our members.
The Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council (NSFSC) has established itself as the key fisheries human resource and training organization in the province. Our work directly reflects the needs of employers and workers and has contributed to major advances in labour force development and planning in Nova Scotia. We are dedicated to planning and implementing human resource development strategies to attract new entrants to aquaculture, fish harvesting and processing careers, and promoting competitiveness and higher quality standards for seafood products.
Developing a strong, competitive and sustainable tourism workforce is what we do! We offer a range of programs that include emerit National Certification; training programs; career development, and much more. As the Sector Council for tourism we work closely with thousands of businesses and employees all across Nova Scotia to ensure they have the tools and resources to be successful. Tourism is Nova Scotia’s #1 Service Export and we know our competitive advantage is our workforce. We support business growth through workforce development thus ensuring the continued growth of the Nova Scotia Tourism Industry.
The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) is an industry association representing the Ocean Technology and industry sector in Nova Scotia. In addition OTCNS actively promotes Ocean Technology related careers as a career choice for Nova Scotia youth.
The Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic is a not for profit organization who works with the trucking industry and key stakeholders to address human resource needs of the trucking industry in Atlantic Canada. We are guided by our vision to educate, support and develop professional and rewarding careers in Atlantic Canada’s Trucking Industry. THRSC Atlantic is the “go to” resource for HR in Trucking.
If workforce development is a priority for your business or organization, and the audience at our annual WorkForward conference is one you would benefit from interacting with, refer to the PDF below to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available. ...
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Our WorkForward Conference brings together our 14 Industry Sector Council Members, 16 Nova Scotia Works Centres, and organizations that focus on and are interested in the workforce development of the province. Together we are fusing both the supply and demand sides of...
This year, AISC has been focused on the development of training materials in the following areas; Strategic Workforce Planning, Project Management, Mental Health First Aid, a CHMA workshop series, Working Mind workshops and Media Training. See our Advanced Training...