Provincial Budget Introduced


Published Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Finance Minister Graham Steele presented the provincial budget today at Province House. The government tabled a budget in fiscal 2010-11 with a deficit of $222.1 million. This is the first year of a four-year fiscal plan to return to a balanced budget.


“This budget reflects the best advice we heard from a number of sources including Nova Scotians themselves. We inherited a difficult challenge, but we are making the right decisions and keeping commitments to make life better through leadership and hard work.Finance Minister Graham Steele

“Our approach will be smart, strategic, and steady. We will not try to balance too soon by making reckless cuts that would hurt the economy or compromise the programs and services that Nova Scotians truly need and rely on.Finance Minister Graham Steele

“Through these targeted and strategic measures we will make life more affordable for Nova Scotian families while still maintaining the government's focus on getting back to balance and living within its means.Finance Minister Graham Steele

Quick Facts

  • Government's long-term plan contains four key components:
    • bring better health care to Nova Scotia families
    • create secure jobs and growing the economy
    • make life more affordable
    • ensure government lives within its means
  • Mr. Steele said that over the next four years, work in these four key components will focus on the need for stronger revenues, reduced spending and economic growth to get the province back to balance.
  • Total revenues for 2010-11, including net income from government business enterprises, are projected to be $8.7 billion, an increase of $327.8 million over the 2009-10 estimates.
  • Effective July 1, the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will be restored to 15 per cent. This measure will provide an additional $214.8 million in revenue this year.
  • In order to fully compensate the impact of the HST on people with low or modest incomes, government introduced a new Affordable Living Tax Credit worth $70 million annually.
  • In addition, a new point-of-sale rebate will remove the provincial portion of the HST on vital household items, including children's shoes and clothing.
  • Total expenses of fiscal 2010-11, before consolidation adjustments are budgeted at $9 billion, down $49.7 million from 2009-10.
  • Government's plan relies on an Expenditure Management Initiative to help achieve significant savings in a variety of areas. A comprehensive analysis of all department, agency and third-party spending is being conducted to identify cost-control and cost-saving opportunities.
  • The 2010-11 capital budget is the second year government will stimulate the provincial economy by investing in infrastructure and maximizing available federal cost-sharing dollars. Government will spend $710.6 million to build and repair roads and bridges, schools, health care facilities, housing and more.
  • Stimulus investments are expected to create 7,000 person-years of employment, generating about $300 million in income.
  • Government is taking steps to make public service pensions more secure, while saving the taxpayers between $150 million and $200 million annually in pension-related expenses.

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Department of Finance
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Finance Minister Graham Steele talks with the media about the budget.
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Finance Minister Graham Steele takes a question from the media during a budget briefing.
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Legislative Pages hand out copies of the budget to Members of the Legislative Assembly.
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Finance Minister Graham Steele (left) delivers his budget address as Premier Darrell Dexter listens.
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Finance Minister Graham Steele (left) shakes hands with Deputy Premier Frank Corbett (centre) beside a smiling Premier Darrell Dexter.
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Finance Minister Graham Steele gets a round of applause as he finishes his budget address.
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Video of Budget Speech


Finance Minister Graham Steele says the government is dealing with the province's financial situation head-on.
Mr. Steele says changes to the public service pension plan is the best example of spending reductions.
Mr. Steele says there is still a lot of work to be done.