Income Assistance in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, social assistance is called Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA), which replaced the Family Benefits Program and Municipal Social Assistance in 2001.

There were 26,600 cases (families and single adults) in Nova Scotia’s Employment Support and Income Assistance program in March 2017, and 37,700 beneficiaries, (individual claimants, their partners, and dependent children).

These numbers fell rapidly during the mid-2000s but have remained stable for most of the last decade.

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Individuals with a disability in Nova Scotia receive three thousand dollars ( 2014 dollars) less than benefits received in 1989.



50 000 Nova Scotian households are in core housing need.

” A household is said to be in ‘core housing need’ if its housing falls below at least one of the adequacy, affordability or suitability standards and it would have to spend 30% or more of its total before-tax income to pay the median rent of alternative local housing that is acceptable (meets all three housing standards).

Housing standards are defined as follow:

Adequate housing is reported by their residents as not requiring any major repairs.

Affordable housing has shelter costs equal to less than 30% of total before-tax household income.

Suitable housing has enough bedrooms for the size and composition of resident households according to National Occupancy Standard (NOS) requirements. ” – Stats Can

Figure 1 presents the core housing need prevalence rates for all census metropolitan areas.

BC Housing release Canadian Rental Index. What does it look like for Nova Scotia?

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The five provinces with the highest share of people in the 50-per-cent category are B.C. (21 per cent); Ontario (20.9 per cent); Nova Scotia (19 per cent); Newfoundland and Labrador (17 per cent); and Saskatchewan (16.4 per cent). Those households on the bottom of the income scale are dramatically more likely to be paying too much for rent: In Ontario, 60 per cent of those making less than $22,385 are in the 50-per-cent-for-rent group; in B.C., they are 66 per cent; in Nova Scotia, 63 per cent.


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Income inequality in the HRM – New report

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” Income inequality and income polarization in Halifax increased. When we look at the HRM specifically, we see that both income inequality and polarization increased substantially during the 1990s. This was a period of economic downturn in the Atlantic region, and the HRM was not spared. Military bases closed, government jobs were lost, the federal government reduced federal transfer payments to the province, and the unemployment rate was high. Between 1980 and 2015, income inequality increased by 37%. Yet the most substantial increases occurred during the 1990s, with a 33% increase in income inequality from then until 2015. From 2010 onward, the increase has been 6%.”

Rezoning areas of Dartmouth Crossing to residential.

A rendering of the first of two new residential buildings proposed for Dartmouth Crossing. Community council has voted 5-0 to allow changes to rezoning in the area, which is a big step forward for the project.
Rezoning from commercial to residential in Dartmouth Crossing,.

With apartment vacancy rates lowering, and getting more expensive, the HRM is bucking the national trend for jurisdictions with our population. 

We’ve over built our commercial stock.  Rezoning this land a good idea.

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Huff Po – Updated 03/29/2018 17:00 EDT – Canadian Rental Rates Are Falling After A Long Period Of Steep Growth but not here in Nova Scotia but not here in Nova Scotia.

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Thanks to the CMHC and the Federal Government of Canada for providing us with this information.

Ever consider building an apartment block? Now is the time.

FCM welcomes National Housing Co-Investment Fund announcement (02/05/2018)

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President Jenny Gerbasi issued this statement following today’s National Housing Co-Investment Fund announcement by the federal government. 

“The launch of the National Housing Strategy (NHS) last fall was a breakthrough, and today’s announcement brings its largest component to life. This significant investment puts tools directly in the capable hands of local governments and affordable housing providers.

“These investments are about strengthening our federal-municipal partnership to build a future for Canada where 1.7 million households aren’t struggling to find a decent home.  Turning these investments into real outcomes will require sustained collaboration among all partners. With the right tools, local expertise stands ready to repair, retrofit and grow Canada’s affordable housing supply.

“Municipalities are already innovating to support high-impact housing projects — with land contributions, expedited approvals, zoning changes and more. Engaging municipal expertise in the continued design of this fund will be critical to its ability to prioritize high-impact housing projects that reflect local needs. FCM expects deepened engagement and stands ready to work with the federal government to help get the details right.

“Affordable housing is the bedrock of the livable, inclusive communities we want to build. That’s why FCM has worked hard to secure and shape the National Housing Strategy. We commend Minister Duclos for his leadership, and the federal government for their meaningful reengagement in affordable housing.”

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population.

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Winters back is broken

Going into a new season in a new year and I am pretty excited about it.

New Years for me is always February 04. It’s my way of remembering and honoring my Brother Eric.  His Birthday.