May 2, 2017
By Michelle Brownlee
In its second surplus budget in a row – and one that came just 3 days before an election was announced – the Government of Nova Scotia focused on tax cuts, highways and roads, and healthcare in its 2017 budget. The budget, titled Opportunities for Growth, forecasts total expenses of just over $10 billion for 2017-2018. While it would be a stretch to call the budget a big step forward on clean growth, it does include a few important measures.
For instance, on infrastructure and parks, the budget includes:
While there is nothing earmarked in the budget for clean innovation specifically, there are some measures that could help businesses - like more funding for the Small Business Development Program, a new export accelerator program, money for forestry innovation, and money to launch Research Nova Scotia. There are also some measures to support workers - including a number of initiatives aimed to support students and recent graduates to acquire skills and find work. These measures in part support a more innovative, resource-efficient, low-carbon future for Nova Scotia.