The people of central Nova Scotia will benefit from investments in health care, community supports, and infrastructure in Budget 2016-2017.
“Our work and the sacrifices made by all Nova Scotians make the investments in today’s budget possible,” said Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey. “This budget demonstrates what is possible when we stick to a plan and work together to build a stronger Nova Scotia.”
Measures in Budget 2016-2017 for central Nova Scotia include:
–- multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, enhancing care for all Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians
— capital grants for the design, construction and renovations at Halifax Infirmary site and Dartmouth General hospital
–- support funding for groups welcoming refugees
— funding for major sport and cultural events
–- a new SchoolsPlus site to bring a range of services together for children and youth including mental health and other health programs, homework support, social work and justice services
–- funding for community facility projects
–- shoulder widening and paving of Route 349 from Village Road to Chebucto Head Road in 2016-2017
–- repaving 4.8 kilometres of Highway 111, and 5 five kilometres of Highway 118 in 2016-2017
–- funding for a new high school in Eastern Passage and P-9 school in south Dartmouth
–- beginning work to replace Ecole Le Marchant St. Thomas Elementary school, and beginning design work on a new P-12 school in Sheet Harbour in 2016-2017
— access to the New Building Canada Fund
Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million in 2016-2017 because of federal and municipal contributions for the new convention centre in Halifax.
The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The budget’s net position is a $17.1 million surplus.
Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016.
Government will invest $480.8 million in roads, schools, health care and public infrastructure in 2016-2017.
For more information about the 2016-2017 provincial budget, visit www.novascotia.ca/budget .