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Province to spend about $60 million toward medical school at Cape Breton University

By Caitlin Snow Mar 7, 2023 | 4:49 PM

Cape Breton University (Photo: cbu.ca)

Nova Scotia is going to get a second medical school, at Cape Breton University.

In collaboration with Dalhousie, the province will train 30 new doctors every year.

“The best way to make sure rural Nova Scotians have access to the healthcare they need is to train students who come from rural communities,” said Premier Houston. “This campus will focus on Nova Scotians who are excited to practice in rural communities. These students will become doctors who are ready to hit the ground running faster in our rural communities.”

The new campus will have a building, for education and research that will include special training in rural health needs such as aging, frailty and disease prevention, as well as Indigenous health and African Nova Scotian health.

There will also be a care clinic at NSCC Marconi campus as well as an expansion of CBU’s health and counselling centre.

— the investment includes $49 million for the medical sciences building and related infrastructure, $6.2 million for the new clinic and $3.7 million to expand the health and counselling centre
— Cape Breton University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dalhousie’s faculty of medicine to establish the new medical school campus
— Cape Breton University received one-time funding of $5 million from the Province last year for its strategic health initiative focused on healthcare training and enhancement outside the urban core

The roughly $60 million project is slated to be at the University by fall 2025.


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