COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Nova Scotia, in partnership with Nova Scotia Power and EfficiencyOne, are redirecting $3 million from the HomeWarming program to fund organizations that deliver prepared meals, operate soup kitchens, help the homeless and provide other services.
  • For more information, see the Province of Nova Scotia’s news release of April 17, 2020.[469]

Relief for workers

  • A $20 million Worker Emergency Bridge Fund was established to help the self-employed and those laid-off workers who do not qualify for Employment Insurance.
  • Government will provide a one-time, $1,000 payment to bridge the gap between layoffs and closures and the federal government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • For more information, see the Province of Nova Scotia’s news release of April 2, 2020.[470]

Relief for most vulnerable Nova Scotians

  • On March 27, 2020, the Department of Community Services (DCS) announced that it is partnering with Telus to provide 100 phones and calling plans for most-vulnerable clients who have no other means of communication.
  • The DCS is investing $200,000 to support transition houses as well as other organizations that serve vulnerable women and children.
  • The DCS is investing $55,000 to support 12 community food banks.
  • The DCS is extending the hours of its toll-free line for income assistance supports soon, including weekends.
  • For more information, see the Government of Nova Scotia’s news release of March 27, 2020.[471]

Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

  • To ensure that more Nova Scotians can access the internet to work from home, the government is providing $15 million as an incentive to providers to speed up projects under the Internet for Nova Scotia initiative and complete them as soon as possible.
  • For more information, see the “Support for individual, families, and businesses” section of the Government of Nova Scotia’s website.[472]

Measures to support vulnerable Nova Scotians

  • Every individual and family member on income assistance will receive an additional $50.
  • $1 million to Feed Nova Scotia to purchase food and hire more staff
  • Emergency funding of $230,000 to help vulnerable older adults through Senior Safety Programs and Community Links.
  • For more information, see the “Support for individual, families, and businesses” section of the Government of Nova Scotia’s website.[473]

Suspended student loan payments

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