SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population

Our action plan invites all Nova Scotians to build on the opportunities that our shifting demographics present.

Together, we can shift attitudes about aging and focus on valuing and supporting the contributions of older adults. We all benefit when older Nova Scotians stay in the workforce as long as they want, participate in community activities and share their knowledge and experiences with other generations.

Taking action

Government is taking action to achieve the goals set out in SHIFT.

Value the social and economic contributions of older adults

Support aging in place, connected to community life

  • 211

    The Department of Seniors has partnered with 211 to provide information about programs and services available to Nova Scotia older Nova Scotians. 211 is a free, confidential service that connects people to thousands of programs and services offered by local community groups, non-profits and government departments across Nova Scotia. It is available throughout the province 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1, visiting the 211 website or texting 21167.

  • The Town of Port Hawkesbury conducts age-friendly survey

    Port Hawkesbury is creating an action plan to recognize and optimize the role that older adults play in social, cultural and economic life. The town received funding through the Department of Seniors’ Age-friendly Community Program to conduct a survey to support age-friendly community planning that enables everyone to participate while being intentionally inclusive of older adults.

  • Time bank launched in Cape Breton

    St. Ann’s Bay Development Association in Cape Breton launched a “time bank” with a $12,000 grant from the Age-friendly Communities Program. This online tool records the skills and talents of community members and brings people together to help each other. The time bank project stemmed from a survey the association carried out to identify needs in the rural community.

  • HomeSHARE Program supports inter-generational community building

    The Department of Seniors funded a home sharing project that matches people with an extra room in their house with people who need an affordable place to live. The program can help older adults stay in their own homes and communities longer and more safely, and reduce the isolation that many people feel when living alone.

  • Housing support

    Government is working with municipal and federal partners to invest in housing so that Nova Scotians can age in place in their homes and communities.