N.S. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

The Nova Scotia government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 2021

  • Additional $17.2 million in the Small Business Impact Grant Part 3 program. Read more
  • More than $1.75 million in emergency funding will be deposited in the bank accounts of child care centres across the province. Read more
  • Up to four paid sick days under Nova Scotia’s new COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. Read more
  • Federal government announces funding for seven projects that will renovate and rehabilitate several healthcare and long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia. Read more

April 2021

  • Additional supports for vulnerable Nova Scotians. Read more
  • Child care centres remain open, receive financial support from province during shutdown. Read more

March 2021 

  • Introduction of the COVID-19 Accessibility Grant, which will help about 3,000 Nova Scotia post-secondary students with permanent disabilities. Read more 

February 2021

No updates.

January 2021

  • $2.1 million in one-time grants for arts and culture organizations impacted by COVID-19. Read more

December 2020 

  • One-time COVID-19 Response Grant of $750 to all recipients of Nova Scotia Student Assistance in 2020–2021. Read more

November 2020 

  • Immediate protections for renters, more beds for those experiencing homelessness. Read more
  • New emergency health services vehicles to improve access to care. Read more

October 2020  

  • $1.25 million to help first responder organizations purchase emergency equipment. Read more  

September 2020

  • Easing of restrictions in long-term care homes to allow designated caregivers to help care for and support residents. Read more

August 2020

  • Further easing of restrictions in long-term care. Read more
  • Financial and technological supports for vulnerable Nova Scotians. Read more

July 2020

  • Easing of some visitor restrictions in long-term care homes. Read more
  • Nova Scotia will receive more than a quarter of a billion dollars under the $19-billion federal-provincial-territorial Safe Restart Agreement. Read more

June 2020

  • $750,000 to help start-up businesses seize opportunities emerging from COVID-19. Read more
  • Reduced visitor restrictions in long-term care homes and homes for persons with disabilities. Read more
  • Licensed child care centres and family daycare homes reopen as of June 15. Read more

May 2020

  • State of emergency extended. Read more 
  • New program gives health care workers up to $2,000 bonus. Read more
  • Up to $230 million for infrastructure projects, creation of local jobs. Read more

April 2020

  • Launch of Temporary Emergency Workers Assistance Fund and the Small Business Emergency Grant. Read more
  • More tests to identify community transmission. Read more
  • New measures to better protect seniors. Read more
  • New measures for workers in long-term care facilities and home care providers. Read more
  • State of emergency extended. Read more
  • Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable families, seniors and youth will receive additional support for food, shelter, basic necessities. Read more
  • Credit, cash, support package available for small businesses. Read more

March 2020

  • Additional income assistance, tenant eviction freeze, emergency funding for seniors. Read more
  • $161 million to address cash flow and access to credit for small and medium-sized businesses. Read more
  • N.S. declares state of emergency. Read more
  • Strengthened and expanded health care capacities. Read more
  • Investments announced for food banks, transition houses. Read more
  • N.S. announces plan for at-home student learning. Read more

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