Budget 2017-2018

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

Infrastructure

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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