Nova Scotia

Outline of Nova ScotiaRecognizing services and supports needed to be strengthened, Nova Scotia’s 2013 budget set aside funding to create a Disabilities Framework and to increase funding for current services by $7 million1.

To further improve the sector, the Disabled Persons Commission (a group of individuals with disabilities involved in policy development) worked with the Liberal government to secure a promise to develop an Accessibility for Nova Scotians Act. The Act will protect rights to disability supports and open up new financial assistance options2.

Notably, the Public Health Agency of Canada funded a project in Nova Scotia to conduct research on how to structure supports for seniors with developmental disabilities. The study found the province unprepared to address the problem, but identified a number of opportunities for improvement3. As this is a common concern across Canada, the findings are now influencing policy development in other provinces as well.

[1] Disabled Persons Commission. (2013). Provincial Budget 2013: Highlights for Persons with Disabilities. Available online: http://disability.novascotia.ca/content/budget-2013-14
[2] Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). (Nov 28, 2013). Public Session: Advocating for an Accessibility for Nova Scotians with Disabilities Act. Available online at http://www.cnib.ca/en/news/Pages/20131028_Public-Session-Advocating-for-an-Accessibility-for-Nova-Scotians-with-Disabilities-Act.aspx
[3] McClellan, M. Nova Scotia Community College School of Health and Human Services. (2009). The Next Stage: Retirement Planning for Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Final Report. Retrieved from http://www.msvu.ca/site/media/msvu/Next-Stage-Final-Report-April-2009.pdf