Budget Talks 2021-22

We want Nova Scotians to help shape government’s budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and future budgets. Send us your ideas by Thursday, 31 December.

Letter from the Minister

Dear Nova Scotians,

Over the past several years the province has focused on building a strong fiscal foundation that enabled government to invest in the priorities, programs and services of Nova Scotians.

We saw many signs of success - Nova Scotia ended 2019 with one of the strongest economic performances in recent memory. Employment grew at the fastest pace in 15 years and wage growth outpaced all other provinces. Unemployment rates were the lowest in decades.

Nova Scotia now faces a difficult economic situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial and federal governments, along with the Bank of Canada, implemented extraordinary measures to stabilize the economy so that we can emerge from this downturn as quickly as possible.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Nova Scotians of all ages, and from all communities and backgrounds and many are feeling uncertain about the future. Our upcoming budget will be shaped by this new reality, taking steps toward economic recovery while continuing to support Nova Scotians.

During the next few weeks, I am inviting Nova Scotians to help inform the 2021-2022 Budget and future budgets. Hearing the thoughts and priorities of Nova Scotians is always an important part of the budget process, but especially in the current context. Not every idea can be realized in this year's budget, but every voice matters.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Karen Casey
Minister of Finance and Treasury Board

How to participate:

  1. Do your research

    Read the Nova Scotia Budget Primer to understand how the budget process works.

  2. Send us your ideas

    You can send us your ideas for the budget via:

    • Twitter
    • Email
    • Mail—address your letter to:
      • Send a letter to: Budget Talks - Department of Finance and Treasury Board
        Mailing address: PO Box 187, Halifax NS B3J 2N3

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, 31 December.