Nova Scotia

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In April 2009, the Government of Nova Scotia introduced its poverty strategy Preventing Poverty, Promoting Prosperity. The strategy commits to reducing the number of people in poverty by the year 2020. The province has never reported on this strategy. While some poverty initiatives have been undertaken since its release in 2009, including increasing the minimum wage and creating a new action plan for education in the province, the strategy has fallen silent.

In the 2017-2018 budget, the Government of Nova Scotia set aside $2 million to “create and begin to implement a plan to address poverty in Nova Scotia.” On September 21, 2017, the Lieutenant Governor, in the Speech from the Throne, promised a four-year Blueprint to End Poverty, including $20 million to help form partnerships between the province, other levels of government, and the non-profit sector and $1 million annually to fight sexual violence. The Government of Nova Scotia also committed to creating the first-ever Accessibility Act.

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