People who are out of work in Nova Scotia and want to head back to school can expect more financial relief come September.

The provincial government announced Tuesday it would be increasing support for living expenses, child care and dependent care for eligible people in the Skills Development program for the upcoming post-secondary school year.

Specifically, the living allowance funding will be:

  • $300 per week for single clients, up from $200.
  • $400 per week for clients with dependents, up from $350.
  • $100 per week, per child or dependent; up from $100 per week per family.

"We know it's difficult for people to balance work, family and household expenses with post-secondary education," said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan in a media release.

"These changes will help even more Nova Scotians get the skills and training they need to create a better future for themselves and their families." 

The changes to the program will take place Sept. 1.

The Skills Development program is provided through labour market funding and offers financial support to people who need new skills in order to find long-term employment.