Communities in northern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities as part of Budget 2019-20.

 Budget 2019-20, the government’s fourth consecutive balanced budget, estimates a surplus of $33.6 million with revenue of $11.01 billion and expenses, after consolidation adjustments, of $10.98 billion. It also projects balanced budgets in each of the following three years.

“This budget builds on our strong fiscal foundation,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Finance and Treasury Board. “Managing our finances well and balancing budgets has given us the ability to invest in new and existing programs and services for Nova Scotians, in areas most important to them.”

 

 Highlights in Budget 2019-20 for northern Nova Scotia include:
-- multi-year road improvement projects including twinning of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish
-- funding for construction of Springhill Elementary School

-- completion of renovations to the Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School in Sutherland’s River

-- funding for renovations at École acadienne de Pomquet

-- funding for 11 mental health and addictions staff to support an adolescent outreach program in 41 schools in western and northern Nova Scotia

-- funding for the North Cumberland Health Centre project

-- continuing support for the Vineyards and Wineries Investment Program

Northern Nova Scotia will also benefit from provincewide investments including:
-- $10 million increase to further develop collaborative care teams to make it easier for Nova Scotians to see a doctor or other primary care clinicians

-- $2.9 million increase to open 15 residency spaces for specialty medical positions at Dalhousie University Medical School for a total of 65 seats

-- $1.1 million continued funding to open 10 family practice residency seats at Dalhousie University Medical School this year for a total of 46 seats

-- $10.2 million increase to expand pre-primary classes. By September 2020 every four-year old in Nova Scotia will have access to a free early learning opportunity

-- $15 million increase, for a two-year total of $30 million, to continue implementing recommendations from the Commission on Inclusive Education

-- $500,000 increase for incubators and accelerators that support startup companies, for a total of $1.5 million

-- $620,000 increase to support growing immigration

For more information about the 2019-20 provincial budget, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/budget .----------------------------------------------------------------
FOR BROADCAST USE: Communities in Northern Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, education, the economy and communities. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey says the balanced budget builds on a strong fiscal foundation. Budget 2019-20 estimates a surplus of 33.6-million dollars with revenue of 11.01-billion dollars and expenses of 10.98-billion dollars. For more information about the 2019-2020 provincial budget, visit the department of Finance and Treasury Board website. -30- Media Contact: Gary Andrea
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