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

SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population is working to change the narrative about older adults.

We’re focusing on valuing and supporting the contributions older adults make to our province.

SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population outlines government’s commitments to:

  • value the social and economic contributions of older adults
  • promote healthy, active living
  • support aging in place so older Nova Scotians can stay connected to their communities

The plan includes specific actions government is taking to achieve these goals, working collaboratively with businesses, organizations, municipalities, communities and individuals.

18-month progress report: taking action

Published in December 2018, the progress report provides an update on what has been done to advance the SHIFT goals since the launch of the plan in March 2017 include:

Valuing the social and economic contributions of older adults

Redefining Retirement is a free program that helps older participants find purpose, passion and opportunities.

Older Nova Scotians are taking advantage of programs like START, Job Creation Partnerships and the Skills Development  to find jobs and improve their skills.

Promoting healthy, active living

Government is changing how health care is delivered to improve the health of all Nova Scotians. Improvements include collaborative care teams and improvements to Mental Health and Addiction services and orthopedic surgeries. The QEII redevelopment is helping health care infrastructure meet Nova Scotians’ needs now and in the future.

Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia encourages Nova Scotians of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

The Mobile Food Market operates in 12 sites across seven communities in the HRM and helps ensure more Nova Scotians have improved access to healthy, fresh food.

Started in 2016, this innovative model brings food directly into communities and brings people – older Nova Scotians, newcomers, families and others – together to meet and build new friendships and connections. The Mobile Food Market is a traveling food market program that brings healthy, high-quality and affordable food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to those who need it.

The Mobile Food Market serves people in Fairview, Spryfield, Harrietsfield, East Preston, East Dartmouth, North Preston, and North End Halifax. It operates during the summer months on a converted transit bus and uses community spaces during colder months and has served about 10,000 people.

For more information on the Mobile Food Market and the communities it serves visit

Supporting aging in place, connected to community life

The Age Friendly Communities Grant program provides funding for projects that lead to more age-friendly and inclusive communities. So far this year, we’ve awarded $159,137 to community projects.  You can apply until February 1, 2019.

An expanded Caregiver Benefit program means more Nova Scotians will receive financial support for providing care to adults living at home, allowing more Nova Scotians to live in their homes for as long as possible.

Directions Council of Nova Scotia’s new program, Home Services Nova Scotia,  helps older adults access a variety of affordable, non-medical services such as housekeeping, meal preparation and yardwork. Delivered by people living with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues with the help of community agencies, the program will support older Nova Scotians age at home and maintain connection to the community.  You can find a service provider in your community by calling 211.