When they eliminated the Graduate Retention Rebate (GRR), the McNeil Government decided to cut $35 million in support for youth success in our Province.
Nova Scotia desperately needs young people and many young people desperately want to be in Nova Scotia. They’re driven away by economic challenges and weak, “can’t do” government leadership. The kind of leadership epitomized by this government’s GRR decision.
Help us send a message to the McNeil government that we can’t afford to cut $35 million from support for youth retention. We won’t let this government trample on the dreams of youth and their families who want to build their lives in a vibrant, prosperous Nova Scotia.
Enough with Farewell to Nova Scotia. Sign the Petition
Stop the cuts, make investments that count!
Select from the programs below to see where the $35 million savings could be reinvested to support young people in this province. $35 million can go a long way towards building a better Nova Scotia.
Cooperative Graduate Placement Program
Double the number of cooperative education program graduates placed with employers
Would provide businesses with up to $7,500 in wage subsidies to hire new co-op graduates for one year at a salary minimum of $35k. Up to 950 new jobs for graduates (total = 1,900).
Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services
Establish specialized citizenship, employment and entrepreneurship counseling program for international students and graduates, and other immigrants
Would provide thousands of students with one-on-one counseling to navigate the Nova Scotia labour market, government incentive programs, and Canadian citizenship processes.
Youth Employment Services Support
Establish a one-stop-shop for employers, youth and newcomers to access information on programs to support youth employment and employment counseling (in-person, online and telephone)
Would provide thousands of students with one-on-one counseling to navigate the Nova Scotia labour market and government incentive programs.
Youth Entrepreneurship Support
Establish a one-stop-shop for youth entrepreneurship and start-up support (in-person, online and telephone)
Would provide thousands of students with one-on-one counseling to navigate entrepreneurial incentive programs
MSI for International Students
Would benefit approximately 5,081 students and 514 of their dependents at amounts between $351.70 and $2299.50
Would benefit approximately 5081 students and 514 of their dependents at amounts between $351.70 and $2299.50
Nova Scotia Community College Tuition Reduction
Deliver a $600 tuition reduction to all full-time NSCC students
Benefits 10,866 certificate, diploma and advanced diploma students
Nova Scotia University Student Bursary
Deliver a $600 tuition reduction to all full-time university students and a $300 to all part-time university students
Benefits 36,607 full-time students and 7,460 part-time students
Provincial Puppies-for-People Program and Student Assistance Program
Purchase every interested Nova Scotia post-secondary student a puppy
We assume 10,000 students would want free puppies, at a cost of $500 each (the SPCA should be provided $500 in cases of rescue puppies). Cost includes administration and support for puppies through the Student Assistance Program.
Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive
Double the number of wage subsidies available for cooperative education placements with Nova Scotia businesses.
Would create co-operative internship opportunities with Nova Scotia businesses for an additional 425 students per year (total = 850).
Student Assistance Program - Unmet Needs
Eliminate unmet need from students receiving maximum student assistance at post-secondary education institutions in Nova Scotia.
Would benefit approximately 1,700 students who currently receive maximum student financial assistance.
Student Assistance Program - Grants
Convert all Nova Scotia student loans to grants for students at public post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia
Would benefit approximately 6,800 students (all Nova Scotia Student Loan recipients at public institutions in N.S.).
Student Assistance Program - Needs Assessment
Treat married students equally in assessing need for student assistance
Would benefit approximately 660 married students per year.
Student Career Skills Development Program
Double the number of wage subsidies available for Nova Scotia community organizations to hire summer students.
Would create summer employment opportunities with Nova Scotia not-for-profit organizations for an additional 750 students per year (total = 1,500).
International Student Scholarship
Introduce scholarships eliminating differential fees for 10% of international students based on financial need and merit
Approximately 661 students receive benefits between $7,200 and $9,200.
Fully fund 600 good-paying jobs for recent graduates
Would create 600 jobs with full benefits at annual salaries around $45,000.