Making life more affordable and equitable for Nova Scotians

Providing $10/day childcare, help for at risk youth, and building more affordable housing

Our vision for a fair and prosperous Nova Scotia is rooted in affordability and equity. We can only achieve a strong economic recovery when all Nova Scotians have the chance to succeed.

Nova Scotia entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position. The economy was growing, people saw opportunity here and were moving to our province in record numbers.

We now have the chance to take the next step as a province – recovering with inclusive economic growth, protecting our environment, and fostering a more equitable society.

The pandemic taught us many lessons, some of them difficult. COVID demonstrated that we can come together as a province, that we can unite to protect one another and to achieve incredible things. However, it also revealed some systemic inequalities in our system.

The burdens of the pandemic were not shared equally across society, rather, were borne disproportionately by those already disadvantaged or marginalized, including women, seniors, youth, racialized people, or those with lower incomes.

Our government took steps to begin addressing issues of equity and affordability throughout our response to COVID, ensuring those experiencing the greatest hardship received priority support as we worked to protect public safety.

Though we have come a long way in Nova Scotia – there is so much more to do. The pandemic has shown the importance of providing all Nova Scotians with equal opportunities for economic success, but also reiterated the need to reflect on emerging issues of social justice.

A re-elected Liberal Government will continue our dedicated efforts to make life more affordable and equitable for all Nova Scotians while investing in families, reducing poverty and tackling racism.

We can write a brighter new chapter for Nova Scotians – but we need to do it together.

Affordable Housing

  • Partnering with the federal government on the National Housing Strategy that will invest $105 million over the next three years to increase access to affordable housing and maintain existing housing stock.
  • Accepting the Affordable Housing Commission’s 5 quick start initiatives and allocating $25 million to implement them.
  • Developing a long-term, 10-year provincial housing strategy.
  • Reviewing provincial legislation and regulations to empower municipal, non-profit, and private sector partners with modern and innovative tools to tackle the affordable housing challenge.
  • Facilitating the creation of mixed-use projects with high quality affordable units by leveraging provincial, municipal, nonprofit, and private sector expertise.
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Affordable Housing – Increasing & Maintaining the Affordable Housing Supply

  • Committing up to $25 million to rebate the provincial portion of the HST on construction costs for new affordable housing units.
  • Amending legislation to provide municipalities with the authority to offer property or commercial tax incentives for affordable housing developments.
  • Consulting the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia on the creation of a provincial loan fund for non-profit housing organizations.
  • Expanding housing options available to include secondary suites, garage loft, tiny homes, and other non-traditional forms of housing.
  • Introducing renter protections, requiring compensation equal to up to one month’s rent for each year lived in a dwelling place (up to 6 months), for renters displaced from their homes due to “renoviction.”
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Reducing Energy Poverty by Reducing Heating Costs

  • Adding $2.3 million in additional funding annually to the Heating Assistance Rebate Program, increasing the rebate from $200 to $250 and helping 45,000 Nova Scotians with their home heating bills.
  • Helping renters with low incomes by investing $3 million annually through Efficiency Nova Scotia to offer rebates of up to 80% on energy efficiency upgrades through the Multi-unit Rental Property Upgrade Program.
  • Helping homeowners with low incomes to complete cost-saving home energy retrofits by investing $20 million per year from the Green Fund.
  • Improving efficiency in Housing Nova Scotia homes by investing $2 million per year from the Green Fund into Affordable Housing Retrofits.
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Healthy Lunches for Healthy Kids

  • Allocating $3 million a year to pilot a P-6 school lunch program to increase food security and ensure that students are prepared to succeed in the classroom.
  • Supporting local food producers by sourcing food locally.
  • Keeping costs to $5 or “pay-what-you-can” to increase access.
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Investing in Poverty Reduction

  • Allocating $35.2 million to the income assistance program in Budget 2021/22, creating the largest ever increase to the standard household rate.
  • Increasing income assistance by $100 per month for adult recipients and an additional $200 for couples.
  • Committing $500,000 to allow income assistance recipients to collect CPP at age 60.
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A Fairer, More Equitable Nova Scotia

  • Accelerating the Land Titles Initiative by launching a $3 million compensation fund to settle land title claims in five historic African Nova Scotian communities.
  • Collaborating with the community-based working group to support the collection of race-based health data.
  • Investing $4.8 million in the establishment of the African Nova Scotian Justice Institute.
  • Allocating $500,000 over three years to create an African Nova Scotian student cohort in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Dalhousie.
  • Developing new Mi’kmaq Language and Anti-Racism Legislation.
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Nova Scotia Tax Credits

Nova Scotia residents can donate up to $5,000 per year to each political party. Your first $1,000 is eligible for a generous 75% tax credit (That means the first $1,000 donated only costs you $250.)

 
For information on provincial political contributions visit Elections Nova Scotia.
For information on claiming provincial tax credits visit Canada Revenue Agency.
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