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Economist 1-2



Competition # : 35667 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/30/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible. 


We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and invest.

Finance and Treasury Board

About Our Opportunity


The economist provides specialized professional economic analysis for the Department as well as internal and external clients.  The economist is specifically responsible for collecting and analyzing economic and social statistics as well as for preparing economic impact analysis of government investments and policy decisions. 


The economist delivers analysis of economic and social conditions in the province that are comprehensive, timely, reliable and accurate.    These services support decision-making by government’s senior management, particularly in the development and delivery of the provincial budget, provision of government assistance or investments and implementation of fiscal and economic policies.


This position reports to the Senior Economist.

Primary Accountabilities


The Economist primary accountabilities also provides analysis through written publications, briefing notes, reports as well as through response to direct phone and email inquiries.

Qualifications and Experience


To be successful in this role you have a bachelor’s degree plus two years related experience or a bachelor’s degree (Honours) plus one-year related experience or a Master’s degree.  Your degree should be in a relevant concentration such as economics, statistics, or mathematics.  An equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.



You must be knowledgeable in econometric analysis, input-output modelling, analysis of current statistics and cost benefit analysis techniques as well as the current context for the economies of Canada and Nova Scotia.  Your application should explain how you meet these requirements.


Working knowledge of the Nova Scotia Statistics Act, Federal Statistics Act and Finance Act would be considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.



Based on the employment status and union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.

Additional Information


This is a term employment opportunity with an anticipated end date of October 23, 2023. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department specific flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  PR 10 - PR 13  

Salary Range:  $2,588.45 - $2,913.59 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to