News releases from Community Services (Page 1)

Services Enhanced for Former Children in Care

Community Services

People who were in permanent care as children can now access the Province’s Disclosure Program online to request their personal information and documents that may be needed by post-secondary institutions and other organizations.

Les changements aux dossiers d'adoption entrent en vigueur le 1er mai

Community Services

L'accès aux dossiers d'adoption en Nouvelle-Écosse sera modifié le 1er mai, permettant aux personnes adoptées, lorsqu'elles auront 19 ans, et aux parents biologiques d'accéder aux renseignements s'ils le souhaitent.

Changes to Adoption Records Take Effect May 1

Community Services

Access to adoption records in Nova Scotia will change on May 1, allowing adopted people, once they turn 19, and birth parents to access their information if they choose.

Applications Open for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grants

Community Services

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an opportunity to take an active role in sexual violence prevention, educate about consent, debunk myths and stereotypes and create awareness of the resources available to support victims and survivors.

Overnight Shelter in Halifax Extended

Community Services

The Province will provide $195,000 to extend an emergency overnight shelter in Halifax until June 30 to ensure that people experiencing homelessness have a safe and warm place to sleep as cold weather continues.

Government Committed to Child and Youth Commission

Community Services

Good government puts people at the centre of all that we do. This commitment will be at the heart of the creation of a Child and Youth Commission in Nova Scotia.

Additional Financial Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

Community Services / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Province will provide $13.2 million to vulnerable Nova Scotians to help them address the immediate impact of rising fuel prices on the cost of living.

New Overnight Shelter in Halifax Open Until March 31

Community Services

In partnership with Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), the Province will operate a temporary overnight shelter at the Pavilion on the Halifax Common until March 31.

Ouverture des dossiers d'adoption le 1er mai

Community Services

Les dossiers d'adoptions seront ouverts en Nouvelle-Écosse à compter du 1er mai.

Adoption Records Open May 1

Community Services

Adoption records will become open in Nova Scotia on May 1.

Addressing Homelessness in Rural Nova Scotia

Community Services

Emergency interim funding will stabilize rural emergency shelters run by seven organizations across the province and ensure more access to housing and services this winter.

More Supportive Housing in Halifax

Municipal Affairs and Housing / Community Services

Seven African Nova Scotian men will soon have a place to live in a new supportive housing facility in Halifax.

Activity Options Expand for Nova Scotians Living with Disabilities

Community Services

Nova Scotians living with disabilities will have more options as they move into a community to pursue their interests, develop life skills, access employment and connect with friends and neighbours.

New Homes for People Experiencing Homelessness

Community Services

The Province is taking action to help people experiencing homelessness by working with the Government of Canada and Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) to create 65 new permanent supportive housing options.

New Adoption Records Privacy Tool Now Available

Community Services

Adoptions can be an emotional, sensitive issue. People who have been adopted or birth parents may want to control how their identifying information is shared or may wish to protect their adoption record information.

Nouvel outil de protection de la vie privé dans les dossiers d’adoption

Community Services

L’adoption peut être un sujet délicat et chargé d’émotions. Les personnes adoptées ou les parents biologiques peuvent vouloir déterminer comment leurs renseignements identificatoires sont communiqués ou peuvent vouloir protéger les renseignements contenus dans leur dossier d’adoption.

Minister's Statement on the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Community Services / L'nu Affairs

I am deeply saddened by the decision of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to close the North Park Street shelter on December 31. The centre remains a valuable partner.

Minister’s Statement on the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Community Services

Our first concern as a Department is always the safety and well-being of the clients we serve, and that will not change. Our work in supporting those experiencing homelessness is a priority.

Province Ending Birth Alerts

Community Services

The government is ending the use of birth alerts, effective immediately, and will provide expectant families with additional support to help access the programs and services they need.

Service Provider Named for Modular Housing Units

Community Services

Supportive housing programs help provide people with a home and a community while also addressing their unique, self-identified needs. The Province is providing about $2.7 million to Out of the Cold Community Association to deliver wraparound, supportive housing services to people staying in Halifax Regional Municipality’s (HRM’s) modular housing units.