Total revenues for 2011-12, including net income from government business enterprises, are estimated at $8.5 billion, a decrease of $133 million over the 2010-11 estimates. The 2011 budget projects a deficit of $389.6 million. This is in line with the $370-million deficit anticipated in the province’s four-year fiscal plan. Total expenses for fiscal 2011-12 are budgeted at $9.3 billion, up $323.0 million from 2010-11, entirely because of reinstating university funding. Today’s budget also includes: investing $42.5 million to help make post-secondary education more affordable opening at least four new Collaborative Emergency Centres this year providing tax breaks, such as an increase in the basic personal amount by $250 reducing departmental spending by $170 million investing $28 million to improve business productivity providing $7.9 million to low-income families to help make ends meet. investment to support efforts to aggressively market Southwestern Nova Scotia as a premium tourism destination hiring of a nurse practitioner to visit nursing homes in Southwest Health Authority and care for seniors where they live, saving them the stress and discomfort of a trip to hospital funding for construction of the new Yarmouth Memorial High School new nursing home beds for Yarmouth expanding the Schools Plus initiative into the Tri-County Regional School Board continued and stable funding support for Western Counties Regional Library helping entrepreneurs in Yarmouth and Shelburne counties by reducing the small business tax to four per cent from 4.5 per cent, the second consecutive year it has declined better road maintenance through government chip-seal and asphalt-plant initiatives continued and stable funding support for local museums, such as Acadian Village Help for local tourism, better health care for seniors in nursing homes and new school construction are some of the highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne counties in the provincial budget today, April 5th. “This budget invests in health care, growing the economy, helping people make ends meet, all while ensuring government lives within its means,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Finance. “We still have a difficult financial situation to address, but this budget shows that we are on target to balance in 2013, as promised.” Highlights for Yarmouth and Shelburne in today’s budget include: For more information on the 2011-12 provincial budget, visit www.gov.ns.ca
FOR BROADCAST USE Parents recovering from addiction will get help strengthening their relationships with their children, thanks to a mental health grant from the province. MLA David Wilton, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, today (October 6th) announced a forty-five thousand and two hundred dollar grant to Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia for its Connect Parent Program. The Connect Parent Program is targeted to helping parents who are recovering from opiate use. The province will award more than six-hundred thousand dollars worth of community mental health and addictions grants this year. -30- Parents recovering from addiction will get help strengthening their relationships with their children, thanks to a mental health grant from the province. MLA David Wilton, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, announced the $45,200 grant to Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia for its Connect Parent Program today, Oct. 6. “Mental illness and addiction can have a profound impact on families,” said Mr. Wilton. “Children whose parents struggle with addiction are at much greater risk of emotional and behavioural issues. This grant will provide early intervention to these families, helping parents who are recovering from opiate use rebuild their relationship with their children.” The Connect Parent Program is a 10-week program with one-hour weekly group sessions, based on proven psychological techniques. This funding will be targeted to helping parents who are recovering from opiate use. “Our program helps parents develop the skills to identify, understand and respond to their children’s needs, and build a strong and secure relationship,” said Nancy MacDonald, executive director, Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia. “We’re helping parents build on their strengths.” Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has been providing supports across Eastern Nova Scotia since 1969. They offer a wide-variety of services including counselling, workshops, drop-in programs and camps for youth, mentoring, and a men’s health centre. This grant is part of a series of community mental health and addictions grants to be awarded over the coming weeks. In total, the province will award more than $600,000 worth of community mental health and addictions grants this year. All grants were awarded for specific projects for a one-year period. Grants greater than $30,000 were evaluated by independent peer reviewers then by an independent review board.