The Nova Scotia Loan Forgiveness Program is helping more young people graduate and start their careers with less debt. The provincial government has forgiven about $8 million in Nova Scotia student loans for more than 1,000 Nova Scotia students who graduated from Nova Scotia universities in 2020.
Nova Scotia’s forestry sector will hold a virtual trade mission with Sweden on Aug. 25. Similar events with key markets, such as Finland and Maine, will take place over the fall to support forestry sector transition efforts.
Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin will lead discussions on innovation, diversification and forestry management.
A mission to Sweden and Finland scheduled for March was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial government is increasing aid for arts and crafts by nearly 55 percent, the largest increase ever recorded for this sector, from $2 million in 2019-2020 to $3.4 million in 2020-2021.
With a budget of $400 million, the Economic Recovery Plan for the Cultural Sector is made up of a series of measures aimed at helping artists, organizations and cultural businesses and promoting Quebec culture.
The provincial government is investing $2.2 million in eight new projects to help disadvantaged youth and job seekers from underrepresented groups in the Greater Toronto Area. The projects will focus on developing the skills and training they need to begin successful careers.
The funds will help nearly 500 young people and job seekers from underrepresented groups receive practical on-the-job experience in a wide variety of sectors.
The funding comes from the new Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity, a key part of the government’s ongoing COVID-19 jobs and recovery efforts
An additional 618 projects, representing more than $22 million of provincial funding, have been approved through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) 2020.
The $150 million MEEP was announced in May. It is a key component of the provincial government’s $7.5 billion, two-year capital plan to build a strong province and stimulate its economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The provincial government announced $10 million in one-time funding for organizations and agencies in B.C.’s community social services sector to build capacity, support recruitment and retention, and improve occupational health and safety training programs for staff.
The funding will support training programs to agencies and organizations across the sector, including training and development for Indigenous agencies and Indigenous staff, foundational training and development opportunities, and occupational health and safety.
The territorial government will receive up to $4.16 million from the Government of Canada’s new Safe Return to Class Fund to help further the safety of students and staff members.
Yukon could spend the money on providing more custodial staff, supplying additional buses and providing mental health supports, health and safety training, or more support for students and school communities.
This funding is in addition to the $13.5 million allocated to Yukon through the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government completed earlier this month.
Link: Prime Minister Trudeauannounces support for a safe return to school.