Nova Scotia is home to an emerging bio-sciences sector. The pandemic has demonstrated how important health research and innovation is, and how valuable the domestic production of life saving medicine is not just for Nova Scotian families, but for our economy as well.
A re-elected Rankin government will make smart and strategic investments to aggressively encourage the growth of this sector by creating a Health Innovation and Life Sciences Strategy to capitalize and expand on our areas of expertise in health research, and bio-manufacturing.
We will also 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. The first item on the agenda will be to determine what key investments will be needed to position the health innovation and life sciences sector for significant growth.
To kick start the growth of this sector while the Council completes their work, a re-elected Rankin government will partner with industry to 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. This initial investment will provide scholarships, internships, and opportunities for re-skilling and upskilling of employees in the sector to respond to evolving labour needs.