Nova Scotia 2021

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Nova Scotia 2021

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The policies outlined below are incomplete and will be updated as we approach the election so be sure to check in with us before the big day. This was put together by humans and is therefore imperfect. If you spot something missing or that appears biased please let us know through the “bull” button. Thank you, and happy choosing!
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1. Choose which issues matter to you

  • Healthcare
  • Poverty and Community Safety
  • The Economy
  • Environment
  • Education and Childcare
  • Equity and Social Justice

2. Choose the policies that you like below.
Then view your selection in My Platform

Liberal Party of Nova Scotia

Liberal Party Platform

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PC Party of Nova Scotia

Progressive Conservative Party Platform

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Nova Scotia NDP

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Liberal

Healthcare



  • Continue to support infrastructure investments and developments that were outlined in Budget 2021.

  • Continue funding the expansion of physician training at Dalhousie Medical School.

  • Commit $300,000 annually to funding 10 family medicine residencies each year.

  • Invest $135 million toward increasing physician pay by 2% annually over the next four years.

  • Establish a Primary Care Council to strategically integrate the delivery of primary care across Nova Scotia.

  • Invest $1M annually to establish a new community-based integration program with dedicated funding to support local groups, like municipalities, business associations and non-profit organizations.

  • Spend $5 million to establish a new office within the Department of Health and Wellness comprised of specialized physician recruitment professionals who are directly accountable to the Minister and will be tasked with all operational aspects of fulfilling the Province’s doctor requirements.

  • Work with Doctors Nova Scotia to develop a new payment model to create better conditions for full-time family doctors to increase their patient panels, improving access to primary care for Nova Scotians waiting for a family doctor.

  • Invest an additional $6 million to support virtual care clinics for Nova Scotians currently on the wait list by expanding the VirtualCare NS program to all four health zones in Nova Scotia.

  • Commit $1.5 million to double the funding available for the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive while adding an additional $500,000 to expand seats in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Dalhousie University.

  • Invest $4.05 million over three years to create 270 new Licensed Practical Nurse seats at the Nova Scotia Community College.

  • Invest $6 million to permanently add 70 new nursing seats, 62 at CBU and 8 at Dalhousie Yarmouth, with $3.2 million in annual ongoing funding.

  • Invest $1.75 million annually to expand midwifery to additional communities, including the Annapolis Valley and Cape Breton, increasing the total amount of practicing midwives in the province from 16 to 24.

  • Cumulative commitment of $152.6 million to create new capacity across Nova Scotia,. 500 new beds will be added to system capacity in the communities with the greatest demand - reducing the average wait time for placement in long term care to 60 days – in addition to renovating 1,978 existing beds for a total of 2478 modernized beds across 24 facilities.

  • Invest $500,000 annually to cover the cost of tuition and books at NSCC for Continuing Care Assistants who wish to upgrade their credentials and are committed to working in the long-term care sector

  • Commit $8.7 million over the next four years to fund initiatives supporting Nova Scotia’s healthy aging strategy, with an ongoing commitment of $3.1M to maintain senior focused programming.

  • Invest $4 million annually to launch 8 new mental health walk-in clinics.

  • Invest $200,000 annually to fund new mobile outreach street nurses in CBRM

  • Provide an additional $1.75M to the newly created Office of Mental Health & Addictions to support the identification of the unique mental health & addictions care needs specific to at-risk populations, including African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaq, Indigenous communities, recent immigrants and other vulnerable populations

  • Commit $500,000 annually to hire additional social workers operating within existing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs

  • Invest $1.5M annually in new staffing and other
    supports to alleviate the capacity constraints on inpatient mental health services and ensure effective care is available when needed

  • Continue to support Nova Scotia’s Family Resource Centres with an additional $2 million annual investment

  • Establish a new $3 million grants-based program that will fund special programs proposed by organizations with the demonstrated ability to offer services that will make a measurable impact on the health and fitness levels of Nova Scotians.



Progressive Conservative

Healthcare



  • Telehealth/virtual care for everyone.

  • Expand telehealth to allow specialists and other healthcare providers (for example, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc.) to see patients virtually.

  • Improved salaries for family physicians and increased local decision-making.

  • Establish a physician pension fund tied to return of service agreements.

  • Establish a clinical health services plan in every region.

  • Implement a focused strategy to support internationally-trained graduates, including increasing the number of residency seats for Canadian students trained abroad.

  • Create mentoring relationships for new graduates.

  • Increase the use of operating rooms beyond the current hours of Monday to Friday from 9-5 to address the waitlist backlog and bring wait times to or below the national average.

  • Establish a Chronic Illness Treatment and Prevention program for in-home treatment focusing on those with chronic illnesses.

  • Introduce school credits for physical activity/healthy living initiatives outside the classroom.

  • Institute a healthy eating course for every Grade 12 student.

  • Establish a virtual smoking cessation program through virtual care.

  • Offer a $500 per child tax credit for registration fees in sports or arts programming.

  • Provide coverage for cancer drugs to firefighters.

  • Offer tax credits up to $20,000 to give families access to fertility treatments.

  • Become the first province in Canada to provide all of its citizens with Universal Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services. No matter what your income or where you live, you will have access to mental health services in the same way as you do all other publicly-funded health services.

  • Create a standalone Department of Addictions and Mental Health with significant new resources and a mandate to marshal a pan-government approach to improve mental health services throughout the province.

  • Establish a 24/7 provincial Telehealth Counselling Service to provide counselling, carry out initial intake assessments, and make referrals for further treatment.

  • Create a 9-8-8 mental health crisis line, recognizing that in crisis, no one can remember a ten-digit phone number.

  • Through a newly-created Department of Addictions and Mental Health, increase the government’s focus on addiction prevention and treatment services throughout the province.

  • Recognize and support the proven mental health benefits of pets by providing a $500 Adopt-a-Dog Tax Credit for individuals who adopt a dog through a recognized adoption agency.

  • Hiring 2,000 long-term care health professionals to meet national staff-to-patient ratios (4.1 hours of care/
    day)

  • Modernizing the Homes for Special Care Act to: achieve national staff-to-patient ratios; strengthen reporting/accountability measures including infection control protocols; and, implement strategies and policies to reduce the risk of harm to patients and staff.

  • Reinstating and expanding the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) Training Grant

  • Resuming accredited CCA training programs hosted by long-term care properties.

  • Establish a $500 Seniors’ Care Grant for help with household services, including: Telehealth/virtual care for everyone; Snow removal; Home repairs; Lawn care; Grocery delivery


NDP

Healthcare



  • Introduce a Virtual Health Care Optimization Act, which would make telehealth a permanent option for patients who wish to access care in this manner.

  • Increase investment in physician recruitment and retention.

  • Invest in community health centres to work with communities on primary care needs.

  • Further integrate physician assistants, social workers, nurse practitioners and RNs into the health care system.

  • Create a full midwifery program throughout Nova Scotia, so that every person who requests midwifery services is able to access them.

  • Work with all Atlantic Provinces towards establishing a training program for midwives in Atlantic Canada

  • Ensure public health is able to provide comprehensive pre- and post-natal support to parents.

  • Open new Collaborative Emergency Centres. This is an innovative solution to the problems plaguing emergency care in rural Nova Scotia, such as frequent ER closures and reduced availability of primary care

  • Keep Cape Breton community hospitals open. People in New Waterford and the Northside deserve to be able to go to an emergency room in their community.

  • Build a single long-term care room for every person who needs one,

  • Improve access to emergency mental health services so people have more options before resorting to the emergency room when in crisis.

  • Regularly publish emergency department standards.

  • Address paramedic burn-out by making sure our entire health system is working as it should.

  • Eliminate fees for ambulance services.

  • Establish a Mental Health Bill of Rights and moving to funding mental health services to the World Health Organization’s recommended 10 per cent of the health budget.

  • Make same-day/next-day in-person mental health appointments available across the province.

  • Integrate mental health services with other services associated with mental distress, such as education, family supports and housing.

  • Establish emergency mental health crisis teams across the province

  • Build a room for every resident in long-term care by 2030.

  • Increase the number of minimum care hours per resident per day to 4.1 hours.

  • Raise the wages of Continuing Care Assistants funded by the Department of Health and Wellness to help recruit and retain staff in long-term care.

  • Take the profit out of long-term care by investing any new public money in public and non-profit facilities.

  • Establish a Seniors’ Advocate Office.

  • Help people stay in their homes as long as they are able.

  • Expand the services that are available through home care to include allied health such as physiotherapy, social work and occupational therapy.

  • Conduct a review of nursing hours available to home care recipients with the goal of creating standards of care at home.

  • Establish and reporting on home care wait time standards and providing more support to continuing care
    logistics.

  • Implement a community-developed African Nova Scotian Health Care Strategy that includes collecting race-based data in health care.

  • End the practice of birth alerts in hospitals that disproportionately impact Black and Indigenous families

  • Expand MSI coverage to all people living in Nova Scotia regardless of citizenship status.

  • Ensure supports in hospitals are in place for people with disabilities

  • Fund the coverage of PrEP HIV prevention medication, and making rapid testing for HIV a reality

  • Engage in a widespread consultation process with trans and non-binary communities to determine barriers to
    accessing health care, with a commitment to identifying and addressing broad access to care issues.

  • Establish a principle of broadly extending MSI coverage to gender affirming procedures that are determined to be medically necessary by a patient together
    with their healthcare provider

  • Remove gendered language and unnecessary focus on marital status from the birth registration process.

  • Listen to health care workers, doctors, and community members in Cape Breton about what is needed
    in the health care system

  • Create a health strategy for Cape Breton to address the disparity in health outcomes between Cape Breton and the rest of the province.

  • Keep in-patient and emergency health care in New Waterford and North Sydney to ensure people have care close to home and to relieve pressure on the Regional

  • Create same-day/next-day mental health appointments and an in-person mental health crisis response service in Cape Breton.

  • Make sure every person who needs a long-term care bed in Cape Breton is able to get a bed locally

  • Make sure people have the basics: food security, shelter, adequate income and community supports

  • Expand coverage of pharmaceuticals and medical devices so that Nova Scotians have access to things like free birth control, free shingles vaccines, and better access
    to insulin pumps.

  • Work towards the availability of a safe supply of drugs

  • Create a universal, public, school-based oral health program in Nova Scotia

  • Actively press the federal government to implement a national pharmacare program

  • Stand up for Nova Scotia’s proper share of the Canada Health Transfer.







Liberal

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Invest $105 million over the next three years to increase access to affordable housing and preserve and maintain existing housing stock.

  • $12 million in initiatives to support those experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness

  • $6.4 million for social housing needs in communities across Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Allocate $25 million on 5 quick start initiatives to immediately increase supply and access to affordable housing.

  • Develop a long-term provincial housing strategy that will map out a 10-year plan, including milestones and review periods, to ensure accountability and that we are meeting our goals and housing targets every step of the way over the life of this plan.

  • Immediately begin a comprehensive review of provincial legislation and regulations, including the Municipal Government Act and Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, to create an appropriate legislative environment to reduce housing costs,

  • Direct the Department of Municipal Affairs to support municipal governments to complete a targeted assessment of the municipal development process to identify ways we can support local governments in their efforts to combat their affordable housing challenges.

  • Bring together provincial, municipal, non-profit organizations and private sector developers to create mixed-use projects that leverage a wide range of expertise and ideas

  • Rebate the provincial portion of the HST on construction costs for new affordable housing units, committing up to $25 million to a pilot program in each of two years that will incentivize construction of new affordable housing units

  • Amend legislation to provide municipalities with the authority to offer property or commercial tax incentives for affordable housing developments

  • Consult the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia on the creation of a provincial loan fund for non-profit housing organizations.

  • Expanding the housing options available to include secondary suites and garage lofts, tiny homes and other non-traditional forms of housing.

  • Explore innovative forms of funding, like forgivable and repayable loans for homeowners that want to add affordable, non-traditional rental and housing options to their existing properties.

  • Provide support for single-room occupancies such as boarding houses in areas of need.

  • Require compensation for renters who are displaced from their homes due to “renoviction”. Tenants will be eligible for compensation from the landlord equal to one month’s rent for each year they have lived in their current dwelling place, up to 6 months, when a landlord gives notice to quit to allow for renovations.

  • Continue to invest in the Heating Assistance Rebate Program to help low-income Nova Scotians with their home heating costs by adding $2.3 million in additional funding annually. This will allow the rebate to be raised from $200 to $250

  • Invest $3 million annually through Efficiency Nova Scotia to complete an additional 220 units through the Multi-unit Rental Property Upgrade Program.

  • Invest $20 million per year from the Green Fund to help low-income Nova Scotians complete home energy retrofits.

  • Invest $2 million per year from the Green Fund into Affordable Housing Retrofits. These retrofits will improve energy efficiency in these Housing Nova Scotia homes with measures that include insulation, efficient lighting, air sealing and heating and cooling system upgrades.


Progressive Conservative

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Invest in getting the Internet to every household

  • Subsidize the installation costs of satellite for anyone not covered by Develop Nova Scotia

  • Work with Housing Nova Scotia to develop a full inventory of lands owned and identify areas that could be used for housing

  • Impose a new tax and property levy for buyers who do not pay income tax in Nova Scotia.

  • Establish a Rink Survival Fund to support underfunded rinks to pay for long overdue repairs that have been out of reach on account of limited budgets.

NDP

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Make sure people have the basics: food security, shelter, adequate income and community supports.

  • Make rent control permanent so that annual rent increases are capped

  • Strengthen tenants’ rights including allowing tenants to file group complaints, requiring landlords to post rental rates in a building, and creating a registry of health and safety violations in rental properties.

  • Build 1000 new units of housing in the next four years by reinvesting in publicly-owned, cooperative, and non-profit housing.

  • Support a permanent Housing Trust where provincial, municipal, and private resources would go to a
    pool of money that non-profit housing providers can access quickly in order to acquire and provide affordable housing.

  • Exercise a right of first refusal to acquire existing affordable housing that comes on the market.

  • Enable municipalities to require affordable housing through inclusionary zoning.

  • Fund housing for African Nova Scotian communities, Mi’kmaw communities, people experiencing criminalization, lone parent households and other marginalized populations

  • Accelerate the building of Small Options Homes for people with disabilities.

  • Address the financialization of housing. The NDP would explore options such as phasing out public money going to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), implementing a vacant unit tax, and introducing progressive property taxes over $1 million.

  • Strengthen the regulation of short-term rentals to stop the creation of “ghost hotels” and prevent the loss
    of long-term residential units.

  • Establish a Right to Housing Act, which would create a roadmap to eliminate homelessness, address systemic barriers to housing, and require the government to create a
    housing strategy, including regular reporting on progress.

  • Re-establish the ban on evictions during the pandemic.

  • Introduce a $15 minimum wage and getting Nova Scotia on the road to a living wage

  • Increase income assistance rates to get people out of poverty.

  • Limit rent increases with permanent rent control, increasing the number of affordable housing units, introducing free before- and after-school care, and establishing a universal school food program.

  • Increase core funding to women’s organizations across the province to ensure that survivors of sexualized
    violence have access to trauma-informed counselling.

  • Provide sustainable, multi-year funding for non-profit housing organizations to ensure workers are paid a living wage and access to housing first, housing support and
    eviction prevention are available across the province.

  • Work with disability support organizations to address gaps in transition support and programming
    for people with disabilities as they age out of the education system.

  • Develop a system of portable benefits that could bring down the cost of providing benefits for community
    organization employees.

  • Include community organizations at the table as part of the Economic Recovery Task Force.

  • Reduce the burden on community organizations by strengthening public services and making sure everyone has the basics.

  • Make sure organizations across the province have access to affordable internet.

  • Explore a public auto insurance option to save families money.

  • Provide free well water testing for bacteria, arsenic, lead and uranium.

  • Provide free menstrual products in all public places and workplaces.

  • Eliminate the HST on funerals.

  • Reduce the burden on community
    organizations by strengthening public
    services and making sure everyone has
    the basics.

Liberal

Economy



  • Seek a partnership with the federal government to twin
    two key transportation corridors in partnership with the federal government: Twin Highway 104 from Antigonish to Port Hawkesbury; Twin the most dangerous sections of Highway 103 from Hubbards to Bridgewater

  • Expansion of the Air Cargo Logistics Park
    at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to increase access to global markets. This $36 million dollar project is expected to create up to 3,000 jobs once operational.

  • Continue to invest in our rural communities by increasing the Gravel Road Capital Program by 50% to $30 million, and doubling the Rural Impact Mitigation Fund to $22 Million dollars,

  • Remove the tolls from the Cobequid Pass by October 1, 2021

  • Continue to invest in our rural firefighters, by permanently increasing the budget of the Emergency Services Providers Fund to $2 million annually.

  • invest $3 million a year in a new Nova Scotia Content Creator Fund. This fund will be used to cover the gaps in funding for locally developed projects that will propel our emerging talent onto global screens.

  • working with Screen Nova Scotia, domestic and international producers and developers to implement the recommendations of a recent feasibility study to establish a year-round, sustainable film and television soundstage to support Nova Scotia’s creative workforce.

  • Provide an additional $3 million in supplemental operation funding to creative operators and organizations who are getting back on their feet

  • Investing $5 million more over the next two years to
    extend the Tourism Digital Assistance Program

  • Look for opportunities to make our local attractions more accessible and provide more unique experiences to draw visitors to our province and help Nova Scotians rediscover their province

  • Waiving Regulatory Fees for New Businesses – $2 million a year.

  • Work with municipalities to open one stop permit portals where new businesses can get every approval and
    permit they need for their business in one easy to access spot.

  • Set a bold and unprecedented red tape reduction target of $30 Million by 2022

  • Invest $45 million over five years in the Innovation and Sustainability Rebate Program

  • Creating a Health Innovation and Life Sciences Strategy to capitalize and expand on areas of expertise in health research, and bio-manufacturing.

  • Create an industry led Life Science Acceleration Council, to be comprised of industry leaders, new entrepreneurs in health innovation, researchers and innovators as well as academic, economic and health system leadership.

  • Pilot an initial investment of $500,000 to create direct pathways to new opportunities in life sciences, and allow individuals and businesses to access increased training support

  • Commit an additional $1.5 million dollars over the next two years to further expand the EDGE Pilot Program to even more areas of the province.

  • Provide $30 Million to the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship between now and 2030 to ensure it reaches its full potential. This funding will facilitate an expansion to include at least four regional outreach posts around the province in a hub and spoke model.


Progressive Conservative

Economy



  • The Better Pay Cheque Guarantee: Reinvest 50% of corporate income tax revenues in businesses that hire new staff or increase their employees’ wages.

  • Give employers a choice – pay it to the government or pay your employees more/ hire more to provide better paying jobs and stimulate business growth.

  • implement the first of its kind provincial Buy Local program – Nova Scotia Loyal: This initiative will provide a point-of-purchase incentive to all Nova Scotians who buy made-in-Nova Scotia products.

  • Develop a province-wide tourism identity program
    to market existing assets (golf, food and wine, skiing, hiking, ATVing, etc.).

  • Establish community tourism funding by allocating funds to each region and letting each community decide how best to spend its tourism dollars.

  • All trades workers, aged 30 and under will pay no provincial income tax on their first $50,000 in earnings.

  • Extend Internet to every household in Nova Scotia that does not have access by funding the installation costs of household and business satellite service where no high speed service has been secured by Develop Nova Scotia

  • Double the budget for the Gravel Road Reconstruction Program and the Rural Impact Mitigation Fund

  • Immediately remove tolls on the Cobequid Pass.

  • Establish a new $1 million Rural Rink Sustainability Fund to support repairs to underfunded community rinks.

  • Implement a deed transfer tax and a property tax levy on individuals who don’t pay income tax in Nova Scotia.

  • Conduct an inventory of Nova Scotia Crown land and tender eligible properties for the development of affordable housing units

NDP

Economy



  • Ensure the right to join a union is protected.

  • Introduce 10 paid sick days into the Labour Standards Code to ensure all workers can afford to stay home sick.

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the Labour Standards Code to ensure that workers in Nova Scotia have
    access to better working conditions

  • Expand the definition of workplace violence to include bullying and psychological harm.

  • Immediately establish a Green Jobs Task Force to guide the transformation of Nova Scotia’s economy into a sustainable one while creating thousands of green jobs.

  • Triple Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency targets.

  • Commit to 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

  • Initiate a just, community-led transition for carbon-intensive workforces—including free NSCC tuition and dedicated training streams for energy efficiency and renewable workforces.

  • Introduce a step code designed to bring new buildings to net-zero energy by 2032

  • Create and fund test sites for a deep retrofit strategy that would dramatically lower heating costs and GHG emissions with materials manufactured locally

  • Make provincial investments in research and development for battery storage and renewable technology.

  • Establish a food secretariat and a new universal school food program.

  • Phase out coal by 2030

  • Create a services guarantee for communities, to ensure they have the local services they need to thrive and attract workers and business.

  • Expand access to high-speed internet in rural communities, including support for municipally-owned, non-profit, and cooperatively-owned internet services

  • Return the mandate for rural and regional economic development to the Department of Inclusive Economic Growth.

  • Introduce a tax incentive for seasonal businesses who want to extend their seasons.

  • Work to expand the use of cooperatives across all sectors to ensure that communities see the maximum benefit of economic development.

  • Increase provincial support for creating Community Economic and Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs).

  • Improve the government procurement process so that local companies are more likely to receive contracts and so that the local economic, environmental, and social impacts of a bid are considered including metrics like
    good wages, unionization, local jobs, and a diverse workforce.

  • Invest one per cent of the provincial budget into arts and culture.

  • Increase core and operational funding to local arts and culture organizations.

  • Develop employment supports for arts and culture workers such as portable health benefits.

  • Develop an arts infrastructure strategy that would build arts and culture spaces in every region of the province.

  • Implemente a competitive film and television production tax credit and an overall improved incentive system.

  • Fund the establishment of a modern, working, and fully accessible soundstage.

  • Support a healthy and growing film crew base.

  • Establish a Content Creator Fund for locally developed feature films and other types of locally developed productions to replace the equity fund that was eliminated in 2015.

  • Recognize cell and internet access as an essential service.

  • Work to develop and implement publicly-owned, low-cost internet options, with preference given to municipalities, non-profits, and cooperatives to implement
    networks.

  • Partner with existing internet providers to offer all families with students in school a low-cost internet
    package with the installation/hookup fee waived, and a free option for families for whom the monthly service fee is a barrier.

  • Move to a well-connected public transit network across the province that is affordable or free.

  • Provide sustainable funding to make community transit affordable and connected.

  • Consider options for commuter rail.

  • Prioritize public and community transportation in COVID-19 recovery spending.

  • Develop an electrification strategy which would include the electrification of public and private transportation as well as freight.

  • Build the Blue Route active transit network by 2030.

  • Fund and support programs that make personal active transportation infrastructure available and accessible.

  • Include small businesses at the table as part of the Economic Recovery Task Force to ensure our recovery includes increasing our capacity to rely on food, energy, and goods and services that are produced here at home.

  • Develop a system of portable benefits that could bring down the cost of benefits for small businesses.

  • Improve the government procurement process so that local companies are more likely to receive contracts

  • Make sure businesses across the province have access to affordable internet.

  • Establish tax incentives for seasonal businesses that want to try to extend their season.

  • Provide small businesses with local access to information and expertise by reopening rural economic development offices.

  • Increase money being spent in the local economy by increasing the minimum wage, and reducing the cost of housing and child care.

  • Include community organizations at
    the table as part of the Economic Recovery
    Task Force.

  • Make sure organizations across the
    province have access to affordable
    internet.

  • Provide direct economic stimulus funding to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to provide the
    resources required for the CBRM to become more sustainable.

  • Reverse the government's corporate tax cuts for big business.

  • Make the tax system fairer by making the rich pay their fair share and adding a surtax to luxury items like
    private planes and yachts.

  • End corporate handouts, like the $5 million provided to Sandpiper Ventures.



Liberal

Environment



  • Create a Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth by the end of the year.

  • Invest $20 million in each of the next two years from the Green Fund in energy efficient home retrofits to help low-income families to live more affordably by reducing their energy costs.

  • Commit $12 million over 3 years in support of projects that upgrade energy efficiency in community buildings and increase the use of low carbon energy.

  • Invest $20 million over the next two years to provide rebates to eligible businesses for energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Accelerate renewable energy growth so that 80% of Nova Scotia’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2030.

  • Continue to be a strong advocate for the Atlantic Loop project and work to secure federal financial support.

  • Create a strategy for offshore wind development that will include mapping offshore wind resources, creating regulatory frameworks and undertaking research to understand possible environmental impacts.

  • Commit an additional $8 million over 4 years to the Community Solar program to deliver targeted projects for communities that need it most.

  • Invest $7.5 million in solar gardens projects in Antigonish, Mahone Bay, and Berwick helping these communities on their way to becoming Canada’s first net-zero towns and providing power to approximately 1,000 homes.

  • Invest $3 million in the Home Solar Program.

  • Commit $1.5 million to create a Not-For-Profit Solar stream to provide electricity for non-profits.

  • Secure 100% renewable energy for provincial buildings by 2025.

  • Commit $2 million to establish a Clean Energy Growth Hub that will support leading-edge research and development of the next generation of green technologies.

  • Conduct a thorough review of each energy efficiency program and introduce updated guidelines that make life more affordable, reduce reliance on heating oil, and tackle inequities in our communities.

  • Explore opportunities to use the building codes to encourage all new commercial developments to incorporate EV chargers or make them fast charger ready and encourage construction using sustainable, low embedded emissions materials.

  • Add an additional $1 million over four years in Clean Foundation Nova Scotia’s Clean Energy Training Program for students who identify as African Nova Scotian, Black, Indigenous, and/or Mi’kmaq to enter the green economy as energy advisors and clean energy trade workers.

  • Commit an additional $2 million over 4 years to the Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program, to meet the growing demand for youth learning and training for the green economy.

  • Make it easier to move sustainably around the province by ensuring that green technology and infrastructure investments are at the heart of our transportation strategy.

  • Invest $300,000 to explore bringing electric bus transport to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

  • Invest $10 million over 4 years to make electric charging stations more readily available

  • Launch the new Bedford ferry service.

  • Develop a fleet electrification strategy that consolidates provincial fleet management, moves us towards electrification, and replaces existing vehicles with electric vehicles.

  • Commit $20 million over 4 years to the Blue Route— a province-wide project to create a network of bicycling infrastructure.

  • Increase land protection targets to 17%

  • Invest $15 million over four years for major upgrades to provincial parks.


Progressive Conservative

Environment



  • Introduce Enviro-goals and Climate Change Reduction Act, a new, ambitious bill that will identify and showcase Nova Scotia as a world leader in adopting green energy measures and following climate-friendly sustainable development.

  • 20% of total land and water mass will be protected for conservation by 2030, including Indigenous protected and conserved areas.

  • Update existing environmental decision-making process to include diversity, inclusion and equity.

  • 80% of electricity must be supplied by renewable energy by 2030.

  • At least 30% of vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emission.

  • Fund up to 50% of the cost of installation for Electric Vehicle Chargers.

  • All new provincial buildings must be net-zero.

  • Fully implement the Lahey Report on Forest Practices.

  • Toughest penalties in Canada for individual and corporate littering.



NDP

Environment



  • Set a new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

  • Immediately establish a Green Jobs Task Force to guide the transformation of Nova Scotia’s economy into a sustainable one

  • Triple Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency targets

  • Commit to 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

  • Initiate a just, community-led transition for carbon-intensive workforces—including free NSCC tuition and dedicated training streams for energy efficiency and renewable workforces.

  • Introduce a step code designed to bring new buildings to net-zero energy by 2032 and mandatory building and home energy efficiency disclosure.

  • Create and fund test sites for a deep retrofit strategy that would dramatically lower heating costs and GHG emissions with materials manufactured locally

  • Make provincial investments in research and development for battery storage and renewable technology.

  • Phasing out coal by 2030.

  • Reign in Nova Scotia Power by writing ‘climate change’ into Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia’s mandates, studying the possibility of returning some or part of Nova Scotia Power to public ownership, and establishing stricter oversight— including higher penalties for performance failures, and base-rate refunds for outages

  • Expand municipalities’ abilities to support retrofits and renewables in homes through a province-wide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

  • Establish a fund for climate adaptation projects that would create local jobs and protect municipal infrastructure.

  • Get Nova Scotia on the path to 90% renewables by moving quickly o create regulations to allow for community-owned renewables and virtual net metering and working with communities to install their own renewable energy systems.

  • Study the possibility of returning Nova Scotia Power and the power grid to public ownership.

  • Create strategies for the electrification of transportation and the elimination of energy poverty

  • Implement a moratorium on clearcutting on Crown lands until the Forest Management Guides are complete and Crown lands are divided in the triad model as outlined in the Lahey Report.

  • Fully implement the Lahey Report without delay

  • Support forestry research and development that will improve Nova Scotia’s ability to use local wood products for retrofitting for energy efficiency, building affordable and net-zero homes, and sequestering carbon.

  • Ensure that any plans for retrofitting buildings and updating building codes would create opportunities for manufacturing more local products from our forestry industry, while meeting our targets for climate change and sustainable forestry practices.

  • Support private woodlot owners to explore carbon-capture credits

  • Increase funding for silviculture work with an emphasis on restoring biodiversity.

  • Protect the fisheries by continuing to support the owner-operator model in the inshore fishery.

  • Work with the fisheries sector to identify provincial goals and create a plan to implement the “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication.”

  • Include Nova Scotia fisheries products as part of school food menus.

  • Fully implement the Doelle-Lahey report and support sustainable aquaculture projects such as land-based and shellfish.

  • Advocate for a federal aquaculture act that does not create two sets of rules for our coasts.

  • Ensure that communities have the ability to say no to open-net pen fish farms.

  • Continue to diversify Nova Scotia’s markets for fish.

  • Consult with fishing and angling groups to explore opportunities for expanding recreational fishing in the province.

  • Create a school food program that would provide at least one meal during the school day with an emphasis on foods that are locally, ecologically, and ethically produced, nutritious, and culturally appropriate.

  • Support procurement of local food in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, and long-term care facilities.

  • Launch an updated campaign to encourage people to buy local food

  • Support Indigenous-led food solutions and partnerships

  • Support farmers navigating the effects of climate change and working towards climate change mitigation.

  • Put local food procurement and local farm growth goals back in Nova Scotia’s environmental legislation.

  • Provide direct support for food processing, storage and distribution

  • Supporting farming cooperatives, agricultural land trusts and incubator/educational farms.

Liberal

Education and Childcare



  • Invest $77.8 million over four years to support a major expansion of the NSCC

  • Implement a new tuition structure for the NSCC that makes part-time studies more affordable and accessible by transitioning to a course-based tuition model for all programs.

  • Add 6,000 new seats at the NSCC in short courses, micro-credentials, boot camps, badges, licenses, and certifications.

  • Double the number of seats in sector-specific preparatory programming and English language training, increasing the number of students able to access further education to 1,000 each year

  • Add 800 additional students each year — 400 of which will be dedicated to high demand disciplines in the health sector, including 270 new seats for Licensed Practical Nurses.

  • Invest $1.33 million over three years to fund up to 35 projects to help businesses maximize their potential by advising on best practices in equity and inclusion and by providing training solutions and research support to create a welcoming workplace with a strong sense of belonging for all.

  • Provide $100,000 annually for three years to help NSCC provide business with key training in green technology and digital solutions, while providing employees with pathways to enrollment in professional studies.

  • Invest $3.5 million over three years to enable NSCC to engage in up to 90 applied research projects

  • NSCC will provide paid work placements of approximately 4 months for students and recent graduates of equity-seeking communities.

  • Invest $3.75 million over 3 years to fund 150 co-op placements connected to NSCC programs

  • Invest $18 million to build the NSCC Marconi Campus.

  • Invest $7 million to expand NSCC’s Institute of Technology Campus The new 19,000 square foot facility is opening in the fall of 2021 and will house 100 additional students.

  • Invest $6.1 million from the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust in a Centre of Forest Innovation at NSCC Truro.

  • Provide $10/day childcare and add 9500 new childcare spaces by 2026.

  • Invest $10.9 million in our early childhood workforce, training hundreds more Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) while covering the cost of tuition and books for over 300 current childcare and pre-primary staff to upgrade their credentials.

Progressive Conservative

Education and Childcare



  • Update the curriculum to include: Financial literacy, civics, environmental stewardship; Physical activity and healthy living; and Diversity teaching at every grade level.

  • Establish Healthy Living Grant for all schools to allow schools to make purchases to encourage active lifestyles.

  • Install physical activity credits in grades 11 and 12, allowing students to earn school credit for physical activity outside of school.

  • Carry out all recommendations of the 2018 Report on Inclusion to ensure students have the appropriate supports and programming.

  • Free, voluntary, access for all teachers to online mental health programming.

  • Establish Youth Vaping Focus Group to target limiting youth vaping.

  • Respect teachers, administrators and school staff.

  • Decentralize control over local decision-making by modernizing the Regional School Board model.

  • Double (2,000 students) opportunities for high school students to take skills trade studies to reach a goal of 40% of underrepresented populations.



NDP

Education and Childcare



  • Introduce a Child and Youth Advocate office to ensure that government policies and programs respect the rights of children and youth.

  • Make post-secondary education free for former children and youth in care.

  • Invest in programs that will make schools hubs for services for children and their families including school food programs, a school-based oral health program, and more supports for students with disabilities.

  • Invest in inclusion for students with disabilities by publicly releasing a plan for implementing the recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education, updating the provincial Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan, and conducting an audit of services across all departments through an autism lens.

  • Work in partnership with teachers and parents to improve schools

  • Make before- and after-school care free of charge.

  • Work towards eliminating tuition fees, beginning with tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College.

Liberal

Equity and Social Justice



  • Collection and interpretation of race-based data allows government to identify and address systemic inequity within the health system and deliver better services to racialized Nova Scotians.

  • Invest $4.8 million in a new community-led
    African Nova Scotia Justice Institute to support African Nova Scotians in contact with the law and help address overrepresentation and anti-Black racism in the justice system.

  • Allocate $500,000 over three years to create an
    African Nova Scotian student cohort of 25 students to enter the BSW program at Dalhousie in September 2022.

  • An equity assessment of IPPs to identify and address systemic barriers that impact students identifying as African
    Nova Scotian and Indigenous.

  • Continue to collaborate with the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) to develop new, independent legislation that will complement the Education Act, while
    respecting language and culture.

  • Introduce Mi’kmaw language legislation, in consultation with Mi’kmaq and Mi’kmaw organizations and provide funding to enable participation in the process.

  • Acknowledge Mi’kmaq as Nova Scotia’s original
    language and commit to specific actions that contribute to the language’s preservation

  • Recognize August 1st as Emancipation Day in Nova
    Scotia.

  • Funding of $20,000 for two artists-in-residences at the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD University

  • Develop clear definitions of race based hatred, in all forms.


Progressive Conservative

Equity and Social Justice



  • Revisit/revive/resurrect/recommit to the 2018 Report on inclusion in education.

  • Implement the remaining inclusion recommendations from the 2018 Report.

NDP

Equity and Social Justice



  • Address racism in policing by implementing all recommendations made in the Wortley Report.

  • Implement a community-based strategy for collecting race-based demographic data in health care, education and corrections

  • Continue to accelerate access to land titles for African Nova Scotian people

  • Create a “Local Action on Racism Fund” for municipalities to access funding for initiatives to combat
    racism in their communities.

  • Actively encourage conversations about reparations for African Nova Scotian communities

  • Systematically address instances of environmental racism across the province.

  • Implement all provincial Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and reporting annually on our progress.

  • Eliminate the over-representation of Indigenous adults and youth in custody in jails and report on progress toward doing so.

  • Adopt and support community sanctions that
    would provide alternatives to imprisonment for Indigenous
    people.

  • Fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

  • Increase the number of Indigenous professionals working in the healthcare field.

  • Maintain a strong nation-to-nation relationship with Mi’kmaq communities.

  • Systematically address instances of environmental racism.

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Liberal

Healthcare



  • Continue to support infrastructure investments and developments that were outlined in Budget 2021.

  • Continue funding the expansion of physician training at Dalhousie Medical School.

  • Commit $300,000 annually to funding 10 family medicine residencies each year.

  • Invest $135 million toward increasing physician pay by 2% annually over the next four years.

  • Establish a Primary Care Council to strategically integrate the delivery of primary care across Nova Scotia.

  • Invest $1M annually to establish a new community-based integration program with dedicated funding to support local groups, like municipalities, business associations and non-profit organizations.

  • Spend $5 million to establish a new office within the Department of Health and Wellness comprised of specialized physician recruitment professionals who are directly accountable to the Minister and will be tasked with all operational aspects of fulfilling the Province’s doctor requirements.

  • Work with Doctors Nova Scotia to develop a new payment model to create better conditions for full-time family doctors to increase their patient panels, improving access to primary care for Nova Scotians waiting for a family doctor.

  • Invest an additional $6 million to support virtual care clinics for Nova Scotians currently on the wait list by expanding the VirtualCare NS program to all four health zones in Nova Scotia.

  • Commit $1.5 million to double the funding available for the Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive while adding an additional $500,000 to expand seats in the Nurse Practitioner Program at Dalhousie University.

  • Invest $4.05 million over three years to create 270 new Licensed Practical Nurse seats at the Nova Scotia Community College.

  • Invest $6 million to permanently add 70 new nursing seats, 62 at CBU and 8 at Dalhousie Yarmouth, with $3.2 million in annual ongoing funding.

  • Invest $1.75 million annually to expand midwifery to additional communities, including the Annapolis Valley and Cape Breton, increasing the total amount of practicing midwives in the province from 16 to 24.

  • Cumulative commitment of $152.6 million to create new capacity across Nova Scotia,. 500 new beds will be added to system capacity in the communities with the greatest demand - reducing the average wait time for placement in long term care to 60 days – in addition to renovating 1,978 existing beds for a total of 2478 modernized beds across 24 facilities.

  • Invest $500,000 annually to cover the cost of tuition and books at NSCC for Continuing Care Assistants who wish to upgrade their credentials and are committed to working in the long-term care sector

  • Commit $8.7 million over the next four years to fund initiatives supporting Nova Scotia’s healthy aging strategy, with an ongoing commitment of $3.1M to maintain senior focused programming.

  • Invest $4 million annually to launch 8 new mental health walk-in clinics.

  • Invest $200,000 annually to fund new mobile outreach street nurses in CBRM

  • Provide an additional $1.75M to the newly created Office of Mental Health & Addictions to support the identification of the unique mental health & addictions care needs specific to at-risk populations, including African Nova Scotians, Mi’kmaq, Indigenous communities, recent immigrants and other vulnerable populations

  • Commit $500,000 annually to hire additional social workers operating within existing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs

  • Invest $1.5M annually in new staffing and other
    supports to alleviate the capacity constraints on inpatient mental health services and ensure effective care is available when needed

  • Continue to support Nova Scotia’s Family Resource Centres with an additional $2 million annual investment

  • Establish a new $3 million grants-based program that will fund special programs proposed by organizations with the demonstrated ability to offer services that will make a measurable impact on the health and fitness levels of Nova Scotians.



Progressive Conservative

Healthcare



  • Telehealth/virtual care for everyone.

  • Expand telehealth to allow specialists and other healthcare providers (for example, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc.) to see patients virtually.

  • Improved salaries for family physicians and increased local decision-making.

  • Establish a physician pension fund tied to return of service agreements.

  • Establish a clinical health services plan in every region.

  • Implement a focused strategy to support internationally-trained graduates, including increasing the number of residency seats for Canadian students trained abroad.

  • Create mentoring relationships for new graduates.

  • Increase the use of operating rooms beyond the current hours of Monday to Friday from 9-5 to address the waitlist backlog and bring wait times to or below the national average.

  • Establish a Chronic Illness Treatment and Prevention program for in-home treatment focusing on those with chronic illnesses.

  • Introduce school credits for physical activity/healthy living initiatives outside the classroom.

  • Institute a healthy eating course for every Grade 12 student.

  • Establish a virtual smoking cessation program through virtual care.

  • Offer a $500 per child tax credit for registration fees in sports or arts programming.

  • Provide coverage for cancer drugs to firefighters.

  • Offer tax credits up to $20,000 to give families access to fertility treatments.

  • Become the first province in Canada to provide all of its citizens with Universal Access to Mental Health and Addiction Services. No matter what your income or where you live, you will have access to mental health services in the same way as you do all other publicly-funded health services.

  • Create a standalone Department of Addictions and Mental Health with significant new resources and a mandate to marshal a pan-government approach to improve mental health services throughout the province.

  • Establish a 24/7 provincial Telehealth Counselling Service to provide counselling, carry out initial intake assessments, and make referrals for further treatment.

  • Create a 9-8-8 mental health crisis line, recognizing that in crisis, no one can remember a ten-digit phone number.

  • Through a newly-created Department of Addictions and Mental Health, increase the government’s focus on addiction prevention and treatment services throughout the province.

  • Recognize and support the proven mental health benefits of pets by providing a $500 Adopt-a-Dog Tax Credit for individuals who adopt a dog through a recognized adoption agency.

  • Hiring 2,000 long-term care health professionals to meet national staff-to-patient ratios (4.1 hours of care/
    day)

  • Modernizing the Homes for Special Care Act to: achieve national staff-to-patient ratios; strengthen reporting/accountability measures including infection control protocols; and, implement strategies and policies to reduce the risk of harm to patients and staff.

  • Reinstating and expanding the Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) Training Grant

  • Resuming accredited CCA training programs hosted by long-term care properties.

  • Establish a $500 Seniors’ Care Grant for help with household services, including: Telehealth/virtual care for everyone; Snow removal; Home repairs; Lawn care; Grocery delivery


NDP

Healthcare



  • Introduce a Virtual Health Care Optimization Act, which would make telehealth a permanent option for patients who wish to access care in this manner.

  • Increase investment in physician recruitment and retention.

  • Invest in community health centres to work with communities on primary care needs.

  • Further integrate physician assistants, social workers, nurse practitioners and RNs into the health care system.

  • Create a full midwifery program throughout Nova Scotia, so that every person who requests midwifery services is able to access them.

  • Work with all Atlantic Provinces towards establishing a training program for midwives in Atlantic Canada

  • Ensure public health is able to provide comprehensive pre- and post-natal support to parents.

  • Open new Collaborative Emergency Centres. This is an innovative solution to the problems plaguing emergency care in rural Nova Scotia, such as frequent ER closures and reduced availability of primary care

  • Keep Cape Breton community hospitals open. People in New Waterford and the Northside deserve to be able to go to an emergency room in their community.

  • Build a single long-term care room for every person who needs one,

  • Improve access to emergency mental health services so people have more options before resorting to the emergency room when in crisis.

  • Regularly publish emergency department standards.

  • Address paramedic burn-out by making sure our entire health system is working as it should.

  • Eliminate fees for ambulance services.

  • Establish a Mental Health Bill of Rights and moving to funding mental health services to the World Health Organization’s recommended 10 per cent of the health budget.

  • Make same-day/next-day in-person mental health appointments available across the province.

  • Integrate mental health services with other services associated with mental distress, such as education, family supports and housing.

  • Establish emergency mental health crisis teams across the province

  • Build a room for every resident in long-term care by 2030.

  • Increase the number of minimum care hours per resident per day to 4.1 hours.

  • Raise the wages of Continuing Care Assistants funded by the Department of Health and Wellness to help recruit and retain staff in long-term care.

  • Take the profit out of long-term care by investing any new public money in public and non-profit facilities.

  • Establish a Seniors’ Advocate Office.

  • Help people stay in their homes as long as they are able.

  • Expand the services that are available through home care to include allied health such as physiotherapy, social work and occupational therapy.

  • Conduct a review of nursing hours available to home care recipients with the goal of creating standards of care at home.

  • Establish and reporting on home care wait time standards and providing more support to continuing care
    logistics.

  • Implement a community-developed African Nova Scotian Health Care Strategy that includes collecting race-based data in health care.

  • End the practice of birth alerts in hospitals that disproportionately impact Black and Indigenous families

  • Expand MSI coverage to all people living in Nova Scotia regardless of citizenship status.

  • Ensure supports in hospitals are in place for people with disabilities

  • Fund the coverage of PrEP HIV prevention medication, and making rapid testing for HIV a reality

  • Engage in a widespread consultation process with trans and non-binary communities to determine barriers to
    accessing health care, with a commitment to identifying and addressing broad access to care issues.

  • Establish a principle of broadly extending MSI coverage to gender affirming procedures that are determined to be medically necessary by a patient together
    with their healthcare provider

  • Remove gendered language and unnecessary focus on marital status from the birth registration process.

  • Listen to health care workers, doctors, and community members in Cape Breton about what is needed
    in the health care system

  • Create a health strategy for Cape Breton to address the disparity in health outcomes between Cape Breton and the rest of the province.

  • Keep in-patient and emergency health care in New Waterford and North Sydney to ensure people have care close to home and to relieve pressure on the Regional

  • Create same-day/next-day mental health appointments and an in-person mental health crisis response service in Cape Breton.

  • Make sure every person who needs a long-term care bed in Cape Breton is able to get a bed locally

  • Make sure people have the basics: food security, shelter, adequate income and community supports

  • Expand coverage of pharmaceuticals and medical devices so that Nova Scotians have access to things like free birth control, free shingles vaccines, and better access
    to insulin pumps.

  • Work towards the availability of a safe supply of drugs

  • Create a universal, public, school-based oral health program in Nova Scotia

  • Actively press the federal government to implement a national pharmacare program

  • Stand up for Nova Scotia’s proper share of the Canada Health Transfer.







Liberal

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Invest $105 million over the next three years to increase access to affordable housing and preserve and maintain existing housing stock.

  • $12 million in initiatives to support those experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness

  • $6.4 million for social housing needs in communities across Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Allocate $25 million on 5 quick start initiatives to immediately increase supply and access to affordable housing.

  • Develop a long-term provincial housing strategy that will map out a 10-year plan, including milestones and review periods, to ensure accountability and that we are meeting our goals and housing targets every step of the way over the life of this plan.

  • Immediately begin a comprehensive review of provincial legislation and regulations, including the Municipal Government Act and Halifax Regional Municipality Charter, to create an appropriate legislative environment to reduce housing costs,

  • Direct the Department of Municipal Affairs to support municipal governments to complete a targeted assessment of the municipal development process to identify ways we can support local governments in their efforts to combat their affordable housing challenges.

  • Bring together provincial, municipal, non-profit organizations and private sector developers to create mixed-use projects that leverage a wide range of expertise and ideas

  • Rebate the provincial portion of the HST on construction costs for new affordable housing units, committing up to $25 million to a pilot program in each of two years that will incentivize construction of new affordable housing units

  • Amend legislation to provide municipalities with the authority to offer property or commercial tax incentives for affordable housing developments

  • Consult the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia on the creation of a provincial loan fund for non-profit housing organizations.

  • Expanding the housing options available to include secondary suites and garage lofts, tiny homes and other non-traditional forms of housing.

  • Explore innovative forms of funding, like forgivable and repayable loans for homeowners that want to add affordable, non-traditional rental and housing options to their existing properties.

  • Provide support for single-room occupancies such as boarding houses in areas of need.

  • Require compensation for renters who are displaced from their homes due to “renoviction”. Tenants will be eligible for compensation from the landlord equal to one month’s rent for each year they have lived in their current dwelling place, up to 6 months, when a landlord gives notice to quit to allow for renovations.

  • Continue to invest in the Heating Assistance Rebate Program to help low-income Nova Scotians with their home heating costs by adding $2.3 million in additional funding annually. This will allow the rebate to be raised from $200 to $250

  • Invest $3 million annually through Efficiency Nova Scotia to complete an additional 220 units through the Multi-unit Rental Property Upgrade Program.

  • Invest $20 million per year from the Green Fund to help low-income Nova Scotians complete home energy retrofits.

  • Invest $2 million per year from the Green Fund into Affordable Housing Retrofits. These retrofits will improve energy efficiency in these Housing Nova Scotia homes with measures that include insulation, efficient lighting, air sealing and heating and cooling system upgrades.


Progressive Conservative

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Invest in getting the Internet to every household

  • Subsidize the installation costs of satellite for anyone not covered by Develop Nova Scotia

  • Work with Housing Nova Scotia to develop a full inventory of lands owned and identify areas that could be used for housing

  • Impose a new tax and property levy for buyers who do not pay income tax in Nova Scotia.

  • Establish a Rink Survival Fund to support underfunded rinks to pay for long overdue repairs that have been out of reach on account of limited budgets.

NDP

Poverty and Community Safety



  • Make sure people have the basics: food security, shelter, adequate income and community supports.

  • Make rent control permanent so that annual rent increases are capped

  • Strengthen tenants’ rights including allowing tenants to file group complaints, requiring landlords to post rental rates in a building, and creating a registry of health and safety violations in rental properties.

  • Build 1000 new units of housing in the next four years by reinvesting in publicly-owned, cooperative, and non-profit housing.

  • Support a permanent Housing Trust where provincial, municipal, and private resources would go to a
    pool of money that non-profit housing providers can access quickly in order to acquire and provide affordable housing.

  • Exercise a right of first refusal to acquire existing affordable housing that comes on the market.

  • Enable municipalities to require affordable housing through inclusionary zoning.

  • Fund housing for African Nova Scotian communities, Mi’kmaw communities, people experiencing criminalization, lone parent households and other marginalized populations

  • Accelerate the building of Small Options Homes for people with disabilities.

  • Address the financialization of housing. The NDP would explore options such as phasing out public money going to Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), implementing a vacant unit tax, and introducing progressive property taxes over $1 million.

  • Strengthen the regulation of short-term rentals to stop the creation of “ghost hotels” and prevent the loss
    of long-term residential units.

  • Establish a Right to Housing Act, which would create a roadmap to eliminate homelessness, address systemic barriers to housing, and require the government to create a
    housing strategy, including regular reporting on progress.

  • Re-establish the ban on evictions during the pandemic.

  • Introduce a $15 minimum wage and getting Nova Scotia on the road to a living wage

  • Increase income assistance rates to get people out of poverty.

  • Limit rent increases with permanent rent control, increasing the number of affordable housing units, introducing free before- and after-school care, and establishing a universal school food program.

  • Increase core funding to women’s organizations across the province to ensure that survivors of sexualized
    violence have access to trauma-informed counselling.

  • Provide sustainable, multi-year funding for non-profit housing organizations to ensure workers are paid a living wage and access to housing first, housing support and
    eviction prevention are available across the province.

  • Work with disability support organizations to address gaps in transition support and programming
    for people with disabilities as they age out of the education system.

  • Develop a system of portable benefits that could bring down the cost of providing benefits for community
    organization employees.

  • Include community organizations at the table as part of the Economic Recovery Task Force.

  • Reduce the burden on community organizations by strengthening public services and making sure everyone has the basics.

  • Make sure organizations across the province have access to affordable internet.

  • Explore a public auto insurance option to save families money.

  • Provide free well water testing for bacteria, arsenic, lead and uranium.

  • Provide free menstrual products in all public places and workplaces.

  • Eliminate the HST on funerals.

  • Reduce the burden on community
    organizations by strengthening public
    services and making sure everyone has
    the basics.

Liberal

Economy



  • Seek a partnership with the federal government to twin
    two key transportation corridors in partnership with the federal government: Twin Highway 104 from Antigonish to Port Hawkesbury; Twin the most dangerous sections of Highway 103 from Hubbards to Bridgewater

  • Expansion of the Air Cargo Logistics Park
    at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to increase access to global markets. This $36 million dollar project is expected to create up to 3,000 jobs once operational.

  • Continue to invest in our rural communities by increasing the Gravel Road Capital Program by 50% to $30 million, and doubling the Rural Impact Mitigation Fund to $22 Million dollars,

  • Remove the tolls from the Cobequid Pass by October 1, 2021

  • Continue to invest in our rural firefighters, by permanently increasing the budget of the Emergency Services Providers Fund to $2 million annually.

  • invest $3 million a year in a new Nova Scotia Content Creator Fund. This fund will be used to cover the gaps in funding for locally developed projects that will propel our emerging talent onto global screens.

  • working with Screen Nova Scotia, domestic and international producers and developers to implement the recommendations of a recent feasibility study to establish a year-round, sustainable film and television soundstage to support Nova Scotia’s creative workforce.

  • Provide an additional $3 million in supplemental operation funding to creative operators and organizations who are getting back on their feet

  • Investing $5 million more over the next two years to
    extend the Tourism Digital Assistance Program

  • Look for opportunities to make our local attractions more accessible and provide more unique experiences to draw visitors to our province and help Nova Scotians rediscover their province

  • Waiving Regulatory Fees for New Businesses – $2 million a year.

  • Work with municipalities to open one stop permit portals where new businesses can get every approval and
    permit they need for their business in one easy to access spot.

  • Set a bold and unprecedented red tape reduction target of $30 Million by 2022

  • Invest $45 million over five years in the Innovation and Sustainability Rebate Program

  • Creating a Health Innovation and Life Sciences Strategy to capitalize and expand on areas of expertise in health research, and bio-manufacturing.

  • Create an industry led Life Science Acceleration Council, to be comprised of industry leaders, new entrepreneurs in health innovation, researchers and innovators as well as academic, economic and health system leadership.

  • Pilot an initial investment of $500,000 to create direct pathways to new opportunities in life sciences, and allow individuals and businesses to access increased training support

  • Commit an additional $1.5 million dollars over the next two years to further expand the EDGE Pilot Program to even more areas of the province.

  • Provide $30 Million to the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship between now and 2030 to ensure it reaches its full potential. This funding will facilitate an expansion to include at least four regional outreach posts around the province in a hub and spoke model.


Progressive Conservative

Economy



  • The Better Pay Cheque Guarantee: Reinvest 50% of corporate income tax revenues in businesses that hire new staff or increase their employees’ wages.

  • Give employers a choice – pay it to the government or pay your employees more/ hire more to provide better paying jobs and stimulate business growth.

  • implement the first of its kind provincial Buy Local program – Nova Scotia Loyal: This initiative will provide a point-of-purchase incentive to all Nova Scotians who buy made-in-Nova Scotia products.

  • Develop a province-wide tourism identity program
    to market existing assets (golf, food and wine, skiing, hiking, ATVing, etc.).

  • Establish community tourism funding by allocating funds to each region and letting each community decide how best to spend its tourism dollars.

  • All trades workers, aged 30 and under will pay no provincial income tax on their first $50,000 in earnings.

  • Extend Internet to every household in Nova Scotia that does not have access by funding the installation costs of household and business satellite service where no high speed service has been secured by Develop Nova Scotia

  • Double the budget for the Gravel Road Reconstruction Program and the Rural Impact Mitigation Fund

  • Immediately remove tolls on the Cobequid Pass.

  • Establish a new $1 million Rural Rink Sustainability Fund to support repairs to underfunded community rinks.

  • Implement a deed transfer tax and a property tax levy on individuals who don’t pay income tax in Nova Scotia.

  • Conduct an inventory of Nova Scotia Crown land and tender eligible properties for the development of affordable housing units

NDP

Economy



  • Ensure the right to join a union is protected.

  • Introduce 10 paid sick days into the Labour Standards Code to ensure all workers can afford to stay home sick.

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the Labour Standards Code to ensure that workers in Nova Scotia have
    access to better working conditions

  • Expand the definition of workplace violence to include bullying and psychological harm.

  • Immediately establish a Green Jobs Task Force to guide the transformation of Nova Scotia’s economy into a sustainable one while creating thousands of green jobs.

  • Triple Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency targets.

  • Commit to 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

  • Initiate a just, community-led transition for carbon-intensive workforces—including free NSCC tuition and dedicated training streams for energy efficiency and renewable workforces.

  • Introduce a step code designed to bring new buildings to net-zero energy by 2032

  • Create and fund test sites for a deep retrofit strategy that would dramatically lower heating costs and GHG emissions with materials manufactured locally

  • Make provincial investments in research and development for battery storage and renewable technology.

  • Establish a food secretariat and a new universal school food program.

  • Phase out coal by 2030

  • Create a services guarantee for communities, to ensure they have the local services they need to thrive and attract workers and business.

  • Expand access to high-speed internet in rural communities, including support for municipally-owned, non-profit, and cooperatively-owned internet services

  • Return the mandate for rural and regional economic development to the Department of Inclusive Economic Growth.

  • Introduce a tax incentive for seasonal businesses who want to extend their seasons.

  • Work to expand the use of cooperatives across all sectors to ensure that communities see the maximum benefit of economic development.

  • Increase provincial support for creating Community Economic and Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs).

  • Improve the government procurement process so that local companies are more likely to receive contracts and so that the local economic, environmental, and social impacts of a bid are considered including metrics like
    good wages, unionization, local jobs, and a diverse workforce.

  • Invest one per cent of the provincial budget into arts and culture.

  • Increase core and operational funding to local arts and culture organizations.

  • Develop employment supports for arts and culture workers such as portable health benefits.

  • Develop an arts infrastructure strategy that would build arts and culture spaces in every region of the province.

  • Implemente a competitive film and television production tax credit and an overall improved incentive system.

  • Fund the establishment of a modern, working, and fully accessible soundstage.

  • Support a healthy and growing film crew base.

  • Establish a Content Creator Fund for locally developed feature films and other types of locally developed productions to replace the equity fund that was eliminated in 2015.

  • Recognize cell and internet access as an essential service.

  • Work to develop and implement publicly-owned, low-cost internet options, with preference given to municipalities, non-profits, and cooperatives to implement
    networks.

  • Partner with existing internet providers to offer all families with students in school a low-cost internet
    package with the installation/hookup fee waived, and a free option for families for whom the monthly service fee is a barrier.

  • Move to a well-connected public transit network across the province that is affordable or free.

  • Provide sustainable funding to make community transit affordable and connected.

  • Consider options for commuter rail.

  • Prioritize public and community transportation in COVID-19 recovery spending.

  • Develop an electrification strategy which would include the electrification of public and private transportation as well as freight.

  • Build the Blue Route active transit network by 2030.

  • Fund and support programs that make personal active transportation infrastructure available and accessible.

  • Include small businesses at the table as part of the Economic Recovery Task Force to ensure our recovery includes increasing our capacity to rely on food, energy, and goods and services that are produced here at home.

  • Develop a system of portable benefits that could bring down the cost of benefits for small businesses.

  • Improve the government procurement process so that local companies are more likely to receive contracts

  • Make sure businesses across the province have access to affordable internet.

  • Establish tax incentives for seasonal businesses that want to try to extend their season.

  • Provide small businesses with local access to information and expertise by reopening rural economic development offices.

  • Increase money being spent in the local economy by increasing the minimum wage, and reducing the cost of housing and child care.

  • Include community organizations at
    the table as part of the Economic Recovery
    Task Force.

  • Make sure organizations across the
    province have access to affordable
    internet.

  • Provide direct economic stimulus funding to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to provide the
    resources required for the CBRM to become more sustainable.

  • Reverse the government's corporate tax cuts for big business.

  • Make the tax system fairer by making the rich pay their fair share and adding a surtax to luxury items like
    private planes and yachts.

  • End corporate handouts, like the $5 million provided to Sandpiper Ventures.



Liberal

Environment



  • Create a Climate Change Plan for Clean Growth by the end of the year.

  • Invest $20 million in each of the next two years from the Green Fund in energy efficient home retrofits to help low-income families to live more affordably by reducing their energy costs.

  • Commit $12 million over 3 years in support of projects that upgrade energy efficiency in community buildings and increase the use of low carbon energy.

  • Invest $20 million over the next two years to provide rebates to eligible businesses for energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Accelerate renewable energy growth so that 80% of Nova Scotia’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2030.

  • Continue to be a strong advocate for the Atlantic Loop project and work to secure federal financial support.

  • Create a strategy for offshore wind development that will include mapping offshore wind resources, creating regulatory frameworks and undertaking research to understand possible environmental impacts.

  • Commit an additional $8 million over 4 years to the Community Solar program to deliver targeted projects for communities that need it most.

  • Invest $7.5 million in solar gardens projects in Antigonish, Mahone Bay, and Berwick helping these communities on their way to becoming Canada’s first net-zero towns and providing power to approximately 1,000 homes.

  • Invest $3 million in the Home Solar Program.

  • Commit $1.5 million to create a Not-For-Profit Solar stream to provide electricity for non-profits.

  • Secure 100% renewable energy for provincial buildings by 2025.

  • Commit $2 million to establish a Clean Energy Growth Hub that will support leading-edge research and development of the next generation of green technologies.

  • Conduct a thorough review of each energy efficiency program and introduce updated guidelines that make life more affordable, reduce reliance on heating oil, and tackle inequities in our communities.

  • Explore opportunities to use the building codes to encourage all new commercial developments to incorporate EV chargers or make them fast charger ready and encourage construction using sustainable, low embedded emissions materials.

  • Add an additional $1 million over four years in Clean Foundation Nova Scotia’s Clean Energy Training Program for students who identify as African Nova Scotian, Black, Indigenous, and/or Mi’kmaq to enter the green economy as energy advisors and clean energy trade workers.

  • Commit an additional $2 million over 4 years to the Clean Leadership Summer Internship Program, to meet the growing demand for youth learning and training for the green economy.

  • Make it easier to move sustainably around the province by ensuring that green technology and infrastructure investments are at the heart of our transportation strategy.

  • Invest $300,000 to explore bringing electric bus transport to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

  • Invest $10 million over 4 years to make electric charging stations more readily available

  • Launch the new Bedford ferry service.

  • Develop a fleet electrification strategy that consolidates provincial fleet management, moves us towards electrification, and replaces existing vehicles with electric vehicles.

  • Commit $20 million over 4 years to the Blue Route— a province-wide project to create a network of bicycling infrastructure.

  • Increase land protection targets to 17%

  • Invest $15 million over four years for major upgrades to provincial parks.


Progressive Conservative

Environment



  • Introduce Enviro-goals and Climate Change Reduction Act, a new, ambitious bill that will identify and showcase Nova Scotia as a world leader in adopting green energy measures and following climate-friendly sustainable development.

  • 20% of total land and water mass will be protected for conservation by 2030, including Indigenous protected and conserved areas.

  • Update existing environmental decision-making process to include diversity, inclusion and equity.

  • 80% of electricity must be supplied by renewable energy by 2030.

  • At least 30% of vehicles sold by 2030 to be zero-emission.

  • Fund up to 50% of the cost of installation for Electric Vehicle Chargers.

  • All new provincial buildings must be net-zero.

  • Fully implement the Lahey Report on Forest Practices.

  • Toughest penalties in Canada for individual and corporate littering.



NDP

Environment



  • Set a new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 50 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

  • Immediately establish a Green Jobs Task Force to guide the transformation of Nova Scotia’s economy into a sustainable one

  • Triple Nova Scotia’s energy efficiency targets

  • Commit to 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

  • Initiate a just, community-led transition for carbon-intensive workforces—including free NSCC tuition and dedicated training streams for energy efficiency and renewable workforces.

  • Introduce a step code designed to bring new buildings to net-zero energy by 2032 and mandatory building and home energy efficiency disclosure.

  • Create and fund test sites for a deep retrofit strategy that would dramatically lower heating costs and GHG emissions with materials manufactured locally

  • Make provincial investments in research and development for battery storage and renewable technology.

  • Phasing out coal by 2030.

  • Reign in Nova Scotia Power by writing ‘climate change’ into Nova Scotia Power and Efficiency Nova Scotia’s mandates, studying the possibility of returning some or part of Nova Scotia Power to public ownership, and establishing stricter oversight— including higher penalties for performance failures, and base-rate refunds for outages

  • Expand municipalities’ abilities to support retrofits and renewables in homes through a province-wide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

  • Establish a fund for climate adaptation projects that would create local jobs and protect municipal infrastructure.

  • Get Nova Scotia on the path to 90% renewables by moving quickly o create regulations to allow for community-owned renewables and virtual net metering and working with communities to install their own renewable energy systems.

  • Study the possibility of returning Nova Scotia Power and the power grid to public ownership.

  • Create strategies for the electrification of transportation and the elimination of energy poverty

  • Implement a moratorium on clearcutting on Crown lands until the Forest Management Guides are complete and Crown lands are divided in the triad model as outlined in the Lahey Report.

  • Fully implement the Lahey Report without delay

  • Support forestry research and development that will improve Nova Scotia’s ability to use local wood products for retrofitting for energy efficiency, building affordable and net-zero homes, and sequestering carbon.

  • Ensure that any plans for retrofitting buildings and updating building codes would create opportunities for manufacturing more local products from our forestry industry, while meeting our targets for climate change and sustainable forestry practices.

  • Support private woodlot owners to explore carbon-capture credits

  • Increase funding for silviculture work with an emphasis on restoring biodiversity.

  • Protect the fisheries by continuing to support the owner-operator model in the inshore fishery.

  • Work with the fisheries sector to identify provincial goals and create a plan to implement the “Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication.”

  • Include Nova Scotia fisheries products as part of school food menus.

  • Fully implement the Doelle-Lahey report and support sustainable aquaculture projects such as land-based and shellfish.

  • Advocate for a federal aquaculture act that does not create two sets of rules for our coasts.

  • Ensure that communities have the ability to say no to open-net pen fish farms.

  • Continue to diversify Nova Scotia’s markets for fish.

  • Consult with fishing and angling groups to explore opportunities for expanding recreational fishing in the province.

  • Create a school food program that would provide at least one meal during the school day with an emphasis on foods that are locally, ecologically, and ethically produced, nutritious, and culturally appropriate.

  • Support procurement of local food in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, and long-term care facilities.

  • Launch an updated campaign to encourage people to buy local food

  • Support Indigenous-led food solutions and partnerships

  • Support farmers navigating the effects of climate change and working towards climate change mitigation.

  • Put local food procurement and local farm growth goals back in Nova Scotia’s environmental legislation.

  • Provide direct support for food processing, storage and distribution

  • Supporting farming cooperatives, agricultural land trusts and incubator/educational farms.

Liberal

Education and Childcare



  • Invest $77.8 million over four years to support a major expansion of the NSCC

  • Implement a new tuition structure for the NSCC that makes part-time studies more affordable and accessible by transitioning to a course-based tuition model for all programs.

  • Add 6,000 new seats at the NSCC in short courses, micro-credentials, boot camps, badges, licenses, and certifications.

  • Double the number of seats in sector-specific preparatory programming and English language training, increasing the number of students able to access further education to 1,000 each year

  • Add 800 additional students each year — 400 of which will be dedicated to high demand disciplines in the health sector, including 270 new seats for Licensed Practical Nurses.

  • Invest $1.33 million over three years to fund up to 35 projects to help businesses maximize their potential by advising on best practices in equity and inclusion and by providing training solutions and research support to create a welcoming workplace with a strong sense of belonging for all.

  • Provide $100,000 annually for three years to help NSCC provide business with key training in green technology and digital solutions, while providing employees with pathways to enrollment in professional studies.

  • Invest $3.5 million over three years to enable NSCC to engage in up to 90 applied research projects

  • NSCC will provide paid work placements of approximately 4 months for students and recent graduates of equity-seeking communities.

  • Invest $3.75 million over 3 years to fund 150 co-op placements connected to NSCC programs

  • Invest $18 million to build the NSCC Marconi Campus.

  • Invest $7 million to expand NSCC’s Institute of Technology Campus The new 19,000 square foot facility is opening in the fall of 2021 and will house 100 additional students.

  • Invest $6.1 million from the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust in a Centre of Forest Innovation at NSCC Truro.

  • Provide $10/day childcare and add 9500 new childcare spaces by 2026.

  • Invest $10.9 million in our early childhood workforce, training hundreds more Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) while covering the cost of tuition and books for over 300 current childcare and pre-primary staff to upgrade their credentials.

Progressive Conservative

Education and Childcare



  • Update the curriculum to include: Financial literacy, civics, environmental stewardship; Physical activity and healthy living; and Diversity teaching at every grade level.

  • Establish Healthy Living Grant for all schools to allow schools to make purchases to encourage active lifestyles.

  • Install physical activity credits in grades 11 and 12, allowing students to earn school credit for physical activity outside of school.

  • Carry out all recommendations of the 2018 Report on Inclusion to ensure students have the appropriate supports and programming.

  • Free, voluntary, access for all teachers to online mental health programming.

  • Establish Youth Vaping Focus Group to target limiting youth vaping.

  • Respect teachers, administrators and school staff.

  • Decentralize control over local decision-making by modernizing the Regional School Board model.

  • Double (2,000 students) opportunities for high school students to take skills trade studies to reach a goal of 40% of underrepresented populations.



NDP

Education and Childcare



  • Introduce a Child and Youth Advocate office to ensure that government policies and programs respect the rights of children and youth.

  • Make post-secondary education free for former children and youth in care.

  • Invest in programs that will make schools hubs for services for children and their families including school food programs, a school-based oral health program, and more supports for students with disabilities.

  • Invest in inclusion for students with disabilities by publicly releasing a plan for implementing the recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education, updating the provincial Autism Spectrum Disorder Action Plan, and conducting an audit of services across all departments through an autism lens.

  • Work in partnership with teachers and parents to improve schools

  • Make before- and after-school care free of charge.

  • Work towards eliminating tuition fees, beginning with tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College.

Liberal

Equity and Social Justice



  • Collection and interpretation of race-based data allows government to identify and address systemic inequity within the health system and deliver better services to racialized Nova Scotians.

  • Invest $4.8 million in a new community-led
    African Nova Scotia Justice Institute to support African Nova Scotians in contact with the law and help address overrepresentation and anti-Black racism in the justice system.

  • Allocate $500,000 over three years to create an
    African Nova Scotian student cohort of 25 students to enter the BSW program at Dalhousie in September 2022.

  • An equity assessment of IPPs to identify and address systemic barriers that impact students identifying as African
    Nova Scotian and Indigenous.

  • Continue to collaborate with the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) to develop new, independent legislation that will complement the Education Act, while
    respecting language and culture.

  • Introduce Mi’kmaw language legislation, in consultation with Mi’kmaq and Mi’kmaw organizations and provide funding to enable participation in the process.

  • Acknowledge Mi’kmaq as Nova Scotia’s original
    language and commit to specific actions that contribute to the language’s preservation

  • Recognize August 1st as Emancipation Day in Nova
    Scotia.

  • Funding of $20,000 for two artists-in-residences at the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery at NSCAD University

  • Develop clear definitions of race based hatred, in all forms.


Progressive Conservative

Equity and Social Justice



  • Revisit/revive/resurrect/recommit to the 2018 Report on inclusion in education.

  • Implement the remaining inclusion recommendations from the 2018 Report.

NDP

Equity and Social Justice



  • Address racism in policing by implementing all recommendations made in the Wortley Report.

  • Implement a community-based strategy for collecting race-based demographic data in health care, education and corrections

  • Continue to accelerate access to land titles for African Nova Scotian people

  • Create a “Local Action on Racism Fund” for municipalities to access funding for initiatives to combat
    racism in their communities.

  • Actively encourage conversations about reparations for African Nova Scotian communities

  • Systematically address instances of environmental racism across the province.

  • Implement all provincial Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and reporting annually on our progress.

  • Eliminate the over-representation of Indigenous adults and youth in custody in jails and report on progress toward doing so.

  • Adopt and support community sanctions that
    would provide alternatives to imprisonment for Indigenous
    people.

  • Fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

  • Increase the number of Indigenous professionals working in the healthcare field.

  • Maintain a strong nation-to-nation relationship with Mi’kmaq communities.

  • Systematically address instances of environmental racism.