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.

Cost
Program Name

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.

We-Actually-Want-to-Keep-Young-Grads-Program

Fully fund 600 good-paying jobs for recent graduates

Would create 600 jobs with full benefits at annual salaries around $45,000.

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