Category: Government Updates

VirtualCareNS Pilot Program Expanding Provincewide

VirtualCareNS Pilot Program Expanding Provincewide

VirtualCareNS, a program launched under the leadership of former Premier Iain Rankin, is set to build on its success with a province-wide expansion available to anyone on the Need a Family Practice Registry. Government will invest an initial $1.3 million to support Nova Scotia Health to expand the VirtualCareNS pilot program to Central and Eastern […]

COVID-19 rapid testing helped crush the third wave

COVID-19 rapid testing helped crush the third wave

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Nova Scotians have been doing their part to keep themselves, their families, and communities safe from COVID-19. This includes rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated, social distancing, hand washing, masking— and getting tested. As we enter this next phase of reopening, and with the lingering threat of a […]

Government Eases Restrictions, Allows Designated Caregivers for Long-Term Care Residents

Government Eases Restrictions, Allows Designated Caregivers for Long-Term Care Residents

Government is further easing restrictions in long-term care homes to allow designated caregivers to help care for and support residents. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for those living in long-term care, and those who love and care for them,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “With new cases of COVID-19 remaining low […]

Provincial Campsite Bookings Open on April 2

Provincial Campsite Bookings Open on April 2

Campers should start thinking about their next outdoor adventure at one of Nova Scotia’s 20 camping parks. Reservations for the 2020 camping season will open April 2 and 3. A schedule of which campgrounds open for reservations on which day is posted on the provincial parks website. Reservations can be made online or by phone […]

The Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund is open for the 2020 season

The Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund is open for the 2020 season

The Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund will soon be open for the 2020 season. For 20 years, the former Good Neighbour Energy Fund (the GNEF), now called the HEAT Fund, has helped keep thousands of individuals and families across Nova Scotia warm during the winter. In 2006, the Fund helped 945 individuals/families and has […]

Province to Provide Schools With Drinking Water

Province to Provide Schools With Drinking Water

Government will provide drinking water to 324 public schools in January, until lead testing in all schools can be completed. These include 284 schools not yet tested for lead and 40 schools that have been tested and require drinking water. “We don’t want families to worry about the quality of drinking water in their schools,” […]

New Government Funding Provides Expanded Pharmacy Services

New Government Funding Provides Expanded Pharmacy Services

Nova Scotians will have more options to access the care they need under a new agreement with pharmacists. Under the agreement the province will cover the costs of prescribing more medication and refilling certain prescriptions. Two agreements between the government and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia means more provincial funding for pharmacists’ services. Starting […]

New Agreements with Doctors Focus on Competitive Compensation and Improving Access to Care

New Agreements with Doctors Focus on Competitive Compensation and Improving Access to Care

The province has reached new agreements with Doctors Nova Scotia that invest $135 million more in heath care over the next four years, making doctors’ compensation more competitive and improving access to care for patients. Under these new agreements, family, emergency and anesthesia doctors will become the top paid in Atlantic Canada, with doctors in […]

Locations and Dates Announced for Consultations on Open Adoption Records

Locations and Dates Announced for Consultations on Open Adoption Records

Community information sessions on adoption records will be held in November and December to ask Nova Scotians what they think about open adoption records. Currently in Nova Scotia, a birth parent or an adult who was placed for adoption as a child can request the government search for the other party. If that person is […]

Heating Assistance Rebate Program Opens

Heating Assistance Rebate Program Opens

Home heating costs can be difficult for low-income Nova Scotians to afford, which is why the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is once again available. Applications are now open for the 2019-20 heating season. The program provides a rebate of up to $200 to low-income Nova Scotians who pay for their own heat. This year, […]