Nova Scotia budget 2016 highlights: Where is the money going?
Here's a look at how Nova Scotia’s budget could affect you.
Here's a look at how Nova Scotia's budget could affect you
- $6 million will be spent on bringing high-speed internet to rural communities across the province.
- $10 million investment this year to the film and television industry.
- $3.5 million for wineries and vineyards: focused on research, marketing and other support.
- $10.2 million for ferry running from Yarmouth to Portland.
If you're a student or a new grad
- The government will spend $3.2 million on 150 summer jobs for students and 75 public sector placements.
- 600 co-op positions will come from partnerships with employers province-wide.
If you're a parent
- $6.4 million more to be spent on reducing class sizes for students up to Grade 6.
- $6.6 million more for childcare services, including an unspecified wage increase for workers.
- $5.4 million will go to Community Services for children, youth, and family support.
- $3.6 million earmarked for helping preschool children with autism prepare for school.
If you're a senior
- $14.4 million for home support, nursing, caregiver benefit and wheelchair programs.
- $3 million to help seniors with Pharmacare costs.
- People on social assistance will receive up to $20 more per month, starting at the end of May.
- A new tax credit will go to farmers who donate produce to local food banks.
- $9.9 million for more support for people with disabilities, $3 million of which to increased assistance for transition between facility and community care.
- Bulk of $3.7 million will be spent on designs to replace aging Victoria General Hospital.
- The only tax increase in the budget is on tobacco. Tax increase of 50 cents on a pack of cigarettes, along with a small hike on cigars, is expected to bring $15.8 million.