12 Oct More Jobs, Investments in Healthcare & Economic Growth
Your Liberal government began the fall sitting of the Nova Scotia Legislature with a speech from the throne that highlighted Nova Scotians and their success stories. These successes are propelling our province toward greater prosperity.
Legislation that has been passed, and the announcements made during the sitting, will help to create jobs, grow our economy and make once-in-a-generation changes to the way health care is delivered here in Nova Scotia.
During the sitting, 25 bills were passed, including legislation to reduce red tape for entrepreneurs who want to start new businesses, remove interprovincial trade barriers, formalize Develop Nova Scotia’s role to drive inclusive economic growth and strategic economic infrastructure, replace the outdated Motor Vehicle Act with a new Traffic Safety Act, create a new gender identity option for birth certificates and to prohibit the harmful practice commonly known as conversion therapy.
All parties voted to enact legislation enshrining the first Sunday of each June as Cancer Survivors’ Day.
Among other bills passed:
- legislation to ensure more stringent regulations and oversight of funeral homes and crematoriums
- greater protection for domestic animals
- amendments to the Labour Standards Code to enhance combined pregnancy/parental leave, parental leave and caregiving leave.
There were a number of significant announcements and milestones during the fall sitting:
- funding was announced for nine new physician specialist positions
- fifteen new spaces were added to Dalhousie’s specialist residency program
- next steps for the QEII New Generation project were outlined — Nova Scotia received its highest-ever credit rating from influential bond rating agency Standard and Poor’s, which noted the province is expected to outperform most other provinces in the next two years
- the province’s population hit an all-time high, growing by more than 23,000 since 2015
- part one of the Standard Household Rate came into effect, which allows those receiving income assistance to keep more of the money they earn
- we released our strategy to make Nova Scotia an accessible province by 2030
- a new all-party standing committee on health is being created to provide a dedicated forum for discussion of health-care issues
We continue to build on our solid fiscal plan and momentum created by people across our province.