Building a more caring and compassionate Nova Scotia makes us stronger and requires that we look after all members of our society, especially those who need our help most.
The Liberal Party recognizes the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on lower income households and has committed to providing additional support to individuals and families to help alleviate poverty.
That is why we invested $35.2 million in Budget 2021/22 to enhance the income assistance program, providing an increase of $100 per month for every adult recipient, and an additional $200 per month for couples. This represents the largest ever increase to the standard household rate and came into effect on May 1st.
We have committed new money to food insecurity initiatives, over $500,000 to allow income assistance recipients to collect CPP at age 60, increased the Poverty Reduction Credit, provided millions in PPE and additional cleaning supplies to housing authorities, and $3.5 million to increase and expand prevention and early intervention programing for children at risk.
This increase will put more money directly into the hands of those who need it most, helping families and children with the cost of food, shelter, clothing and transportation.