BILL NO. 32
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
63 Elizabeth II, 2014
Private Member's Bill
Economic Growth Goals Act
The Honourable Jamie Baillie
First Reading: October 14, 2014
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
(b) with the co-operation of the federal government, the Province will be receiving annually its proportionate share (2.7 per cent) of all new international immigrants to Canada, that is, approximately 7,000 new permanent residents per year;
(c) an annual average of 10 per cent of foreign students graduating from Provincial universities, the Nova Scotia Community College and other education and training bodies will be making choices to become permanent residents of the Province;
(h) the employment rate (the percentage of the working-age population currently employed or "officially unemployed") for First Nations and African Nova Scotians will be equal to the Provincial average;
(k) through both individual initiative and expanded collaboration, and with support from government, the Province's universities and the Nova Scotia Community College will have doubled research funding to total $360,000,000;
(2) By the end of 2015, the Government of the Province, in collaboration with the municipal units, will 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 subsection (1), and development of the plan will be guided by the following considerations:
(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; and
(c) the plan must recognize that progressive land development can both strengthen our economy and reduce our negative impact on the environment and, with the right strategic investments and standards for sustainability, 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.
(3) Once the development plan referred to in subsection (2) is in place, the Government of the Province will immediately initiate a comprehensive review of current municipal government structures and of federal and Provincial regional service delivery systems, improving efficiency, cost effectiveness and community engagement, and this work will be guided by the following considerations:
(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's consideration of shared-services options;
4 (1) The Government of the Province shall carry out a public review of the goals set out in this Act and the activities of all Provincial government departments that relate to them and shall report every five years to the House of Assembly on the progress made toward achieving those goals, on the adequacy of the goals and on anything that any of the members of the Executive Council consider should be brought to the attention of the House in relation to the long-term objective of transformation of the economy of the Province.
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