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$1.6B planned for health care, schools and housing

By Steve MacArthur Feb 14, 2024 | 2:36 PM

You will see big spending on health care, education and roads in the upcoming budget.

The province revealed details of its $1.6 billion capital plan for the upcoming year.

“Our capital plan continues to improve hospitals and other critical infrastructure for Nova Scotians and position our province for future growth,” said Finance Minister Allan MacMaster. “I am pleased this plan supports efforts to build more housing faster and includes the first new funding for public housing construction in more than 20 years.”

Investments include:

– $301.7 million for the Halifax Infirmary expansion and Cape Breton Regional Municipality healthcare redevelopment project
– $146.1 million for construction and renewal of other hospitals and medical facilities including projects in Bridgewater, Pugwash, Yarmouth and Amherst and at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax
– $53.1 million for electronic health records (One Person One Record)
– $32 million to repair and replace medical equipment
– $22 million for Nova Scotia Health to repair and replace medical facilities
– $20.2 million for various initiatives in Action for Health, the government’s plan to transform and improve healthcare in Nova Scotia
– $17.9 million for a new multi-disciplinary oncology partnership.

The plan supports efforts to build more housing faster, including $15.5 million for new public housing units.

It is part of a $47.1-million investment in building and repairing public housing that also includes $11.8 million for new modular housing.

Another $27.1 million will go toward Nova Scotia Community College student housing projects at various stages of development.

Other highlights include:

– $208.5 million to build and renovate schools, including four that will open this year (Wedgeport, New Waterford, Eastern Passage and Springhill)
– $50 million to buy land for future needs
– $45.5 million for information technology projects
-$20 million for a new funding envelope for storm damage repairs
– $11.8 million for provincial park repairs and upgrades
– $9.3 million for new helicopters and other wildfire equipment and training.

The capital plan includes $483 million for highway projects which was previously announced, including $55 million for gravel roads.