Enable and Reward Work


  • Investing $863,000 in Employment Support Services to help finding and keeping a job. 
  • Increased the minimum wage to $10.15 on April 1, 2012. 
  • Investing $12.5M to improve the student assistance program .
  • Developing Careers Nova Scotia to better support career planners, job seekers, and employers.
  • Investing $79.6 M in training for individuals EI qualified through the LMDA and for non-EI eligible client the LMA will invest $19.1M.
  • Investing 1.58 M in expanded workplace education programs to increase essential skills of workers and human resource skills of hiring managers.
  • Investing $100,000 to support work of community-based temporary foreign workers support/navigational services administered through the NS Office of Immigration.
  • Expanding co-operative education opportunities.
  • Expanding Options and Opportunities (O2)   for students to regain interest and excitement in school and find their post-secondary and career path.


  • Implemented a flat rate wage of $150 per month in addition to the current exemption of 30% for working income assistance recipients.
  • Doubled flat rate exemption for disabled clients from $150 to $300 per month
  • Increased Minimum Wage in Nova Scotia to $10 an hour.
  • Increased basic personal income tax exemption by $250.
  • The three-year, $7.5 million pilot program Skills Up! helped approximately 300 African Nova Scotians returning to school under the LMA to get the training needed for good jobs.


  • Expanded One Journey programming for income assistant participants across the province, spending $1.2M in LMA funds.
  • Employment Assistance Services funded 62 community agencies to deliver employment services to unemployed persons ($21 million to 62 agencies).
  • Expanded number of Nova Scotia high schools offering co-operative education to 84.
  • Increased Minimum Wage to $9.65.
  • 2,500 IA households had additional income of $676,345 from income tax refunds
  • Invested more than $400,000 through the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning, resulting in 100 new Continuing Care Assistants certified and working


  • Income tax refunds received by income assistance recipients no longer treated as income.
  • Increased Minimum Wage to $8.60 per hour.

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