Budget 2017-2018

Budget 2017–2018 focuses on providing opportunities for all Nova Scotians no matter where they live.


Government maintains the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and 4,100 bridges.

  • Undertake planning, design and construction of three new twinned highways over the next seven years, plus construction of four new interchanges
  • Provide new and upgraded healthcare facilities in Halifax, Dartmouth, and Hants County to support the QEII redevelopment project
  • Repair and rebuild gravel roads — $10 million each year of new multi-year program
  • Build new schools in Spryfield, Tatamagouche, Bridgetown, Bible Hill, Sheet Harbour, Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, Halifax, and Yarmouth
  • $40 million for municipal clean water and waste-water projects
  • $38 million for affordable housing, including creating new affordable housing units and improving affordable housing options, in partnership with the federal government


New ideas for a better economy

Nova Scotia had a banner year of exports in 2016, reaching $1.8 billion in fish and seafood exports, and record tourist visits, up 8 per cent.

  • Reduce taxes for 1,800 small and medium-sized businesses by increasing the small business tax threshold to $500,000 from $350,000
  • $14.5 million for rural high-speed Internet
  • $1.3 million to increase opportunities for more export and trade, including a new export accelerator program
  • $4 million to support innovation initiatives, including a new rebate program and more support for business start-ups
  • $500,000 in additional funding to double the Small Business Development program
  • $2 million to revitalize the province’s key tourism sites
  • $2.1 million to support the new Culture Action Plan


Healthy people and communities

More than 14,000 Nova Scotians receive home care services on any given day. Since 2013, more than $64 million has been added to the home care budget.

  • Reduce taxes for more than 500,000 people in the middle class and people who need it most by increasing the basic personal amount by up to $3,000 for taxable incomes up to $75,000, effective January 1, 2018
  • $6 million to advance new collaborative care teams across the province, increasing access to family doctors, nurses, and other primary care providers for thousands more Nova Scotians
  • $1.2 million increase to help foster parents meet the day-to-day needs of the children in their care
  • $440,000 more for the Maintenance Enforcement program to help more families get the money owed to them
  • $2 million to create and begin to implement a plan to address poverty in Nova Scotia
  • $2.4 million more to support recruitment and retention of doctors
  • $5.1 million more for home care, including increases for the self- managed care and the caregiver benefit programs
  • $3.7 million more to provide additional orthopedic surgeries and offer prehabilitation services
  • $3.2 million to enhance mental health programs
  • Advance plans for satellite dialysis units at hospitals in Bridgewater, Kentville, Digby, and Glace Bay, and expand dialysis services in Halifax and Dartmouth
  • $3.9 million to support more people with disabilities to live independently in the community
  • $1.1 million to continue work to address sexual violence


Youth and jobs

Over the last two years, the province’s youth programs have helped more than 4,500 young Nova Scotians stay and work here.

  • $1.7 million increase to the Graduate to Opportunity program and $1.7 million to fund a new program for employers to hire recent Masters and PhD graduates
  • $1.3 million to eliminate the tuition apprentices pay for technical training
  • $3.7 million to add 30 new pre-primary sites with early learning programming for 4-year-olds
  • $2.1 million for coding and computer skills and to continue to expand Reading Recovery to 73 more schools
  • $1.8 million to increase community and mental health supports for students, through the SchoolsPlus program
  • $1.4 million for additional school psychologists and speech-language pathologists
  • $800,000 to support families with children with autism through a new pilot program and regional centres


Support for an aging population

By 2030, more than one in four Nova Scotians will be aged 65 and over.

  • $395,000 to establish a social innovation lab focused on aging
  • $50,000 for a community internet/digital literacy training project
  • $30,000 to promote entrepreneurship for older adults
  • $3.2 million to increase food budgets and enhance recreational programming for residents in long-term care facilities
  • $250,000 more for the Seniors Safety and Age-Friendly Community grant programs
  • $7.9 million to meet the needs of Nova Scotians age 65 and older enrolled in the Seniors Pharmacare Program
  • Increase access to affordable housing for older adults, and invest in home repair programs for low-income home owners