Nova Scotia

Outline of Nova Scotia

Recognizing that services and supports needed to be strengthened, Nova Scotia’s 2013 budget set aside funding to create a Disabilities Framework that increased 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 provincial government to secure a promise to develop an Accessibility for Nova Scotians Act to 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