BILL NO. 28
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
63 Elizabeth II, 2014
Private Member's Bill
Building Our New Economy Act
The Honourable Maureen MacDonald
First Reading: October 9, 2014
An Act Respecting the Entrenchment
of the Goals Set Out in the Report
of the Nova Scotia Commission
on Building Our New Economy
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
2 The purpose of this Act is to entrench in statute the goals proposed by the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy in its 2014 report, Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians, to guide the development of a 10-year action plan for economic transformation and renewal in Nova Scotia.
(b) with the co-operation of the Government of Canada, to be receiving annually its proportionate share, 2.7%, of all new international immigrants to Canada, that is, approximately 7,000 new permanent residents per year;
(c) to have an annual average of 10% of foreign students graduating from universities in the Province, the Nova Scotia Community College and other education and training bodies in the Province making the choice to become permanent residents of the Province.
(h) to have doubled research funding to the Province's universities and the Nova Scotia Community College to a total of $360,000,000, through both individual initiative and expanded collaboration, and with support from government;
(i) to have doubled from an average of 1,000 per year in 2014 to 2,000 per year the number of research and development partnerships between business enterprises and the Province's universities and the Nova Scotia Community College;
5 (1) By December 31, 2015, the Government of the Province, in collaboration with the municipalities of the Province, shall have put in place, with appropriate legislative supports, a comprehensive development plan with practical strategies to meet the 2024 population and economic-renewal goals set out in Sections 3 and 4.
(b) support for the plan from business and labour organizations, strategic institutions, First Nations, lead voluntary-sector and community organizations and other levels of government should be formalized in memoranda of understanding and other declarations of partnership and collaboration;
(c) the plan must recognize that progressive land development can both strengthen the economy of the Province and reduce the negative impact on the environment, and that with the right strategic investments and standards for sustainability, it is possible to optimize benefits for other regions of the Province arising from the growth of Halifax, including improved public transportation and development of supply chains and satellite commercial and industrial centres.
6 (1) Once the plan referred to in subsection 5(1) is in place, the Government of the Province shall immediately initiate a comprehensive review of current municipal government structures and of federal and Provincial regional service delivery systems, for the purpose of improving efficiency, cost effectiveness and community engagement.
(b) the review should build on the analyses and advice generated by previous studies and panels, ranging from the Graham Commission through to the recent Towns Task Force, the review panel on Regional Development Authorities, the Schools Review Process and the Government of the Province's consideration of shared-services options;
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