News release

Supporting Community Efforts in Doctor Recruitment and Retention in Antigonish

St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation is receiving a $10,000 grant through the new Healthy Communities Stream to support community-led initiatives around doctor recruitment.

The foundation will use the funding to welcome doctors and their families to the Antigonish area through a series of cultural excursions and programs, from ceilidhs and theatre to hiking.

“Government is pleased to support community groups and organizations stepping up to promote what their area has to offer,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “This complements recruitment efforts by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and government in attracting doctors and their families to the province.”

Government launched the $200,000 Healthy Communities Stream in August. It was developed with input from community groups, municipal leaders, health professionals and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.


We look forward to working with our local physician partners to undertake this exciting project focused on supporting the integration of new physicians and their families into our community. For us, it’s about sharing cultures and traditions and making everyone feel welcome. Wayne Ezekiel, chair, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation

Quick Facts:

  • the project seizes the opportunity to show new doctors and their families the unique experiences available to them in the area including fossil digging, touring farms, exploring Keppoch Mountain, taking in Theatre Antigonish and participating in a Ceilidh
  • municipalities, museums, libraries, social enterprises, First Nations, communities and community groups and cultural organizations that are registered Nova Scotia not-for-profits may apply
  • funding is available through the program to a maximum of $25,000
  • the next round of applications for the program closes Dec. 1

Additional Resources:

For more information, visit:

Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan:


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