News release

Community Conversations About Healthcare Begin Next Week

Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson, Deputy Minister Jeannine Lagassé and Nova Scotia Health CEO Karen Oldfield will hold community conversations with Nova Scotians about the work underway to improve healthcare in their area and across the province, starting October 19.

“Healthcare is Nova Scotians’ most pressing concern. We’ve been doing a lot of work to address those concerns and improve care for Nova Scotians,” said Minister Thompson. “We want to have a dialogue with Nova Scotians about the healthcare system, our progress in improving it and the need to do things differently if we want better results. It will take time, but we are focused on improving our healthcare system so it’s reliable, responsive and ready when Nova Scotians need it.”

Over the next two months, sessions will be held in:

  • Antigonish
  • Dartmouth
  • Digby
  • Glace Bay
  • Halifax
  • Inverness
  • Kentville
  • Lunenburg
  • New Glasgow
  • Port Hawkesbury
  • Sheet Harbour
  • Shelburne
  • Springhill
  • Tatamagouche
  • Truro
  • Windsor
  • Yarmouth.

People who are unable to attend in person can submit questions online for discussion at the session. A video recording will also be posted online following each session.

The first community conversation will be held in Windsor. Details on times and locations for the sessions and instructions for submitting questions can be found at:

The tour has been scheduled so all three officials can be part of each community conversation. However, there may be times when unforeseen circumstances mean one of them cannot attend.


It’s about being accountable to Nova Scotians. These conversations are an opportunity to candidly discuss the challenges we are facing and the actions we are taking to improve health services across the province. Karen Oldfield, CEO, Nova Scotia Health

Additional Resources:

Action for Health, the government’s strategic plan to improve healthcare in Nova Scotia: