Nova Scotians living in poverty will benefit from a new grant program for community-based organizations, and people on income assistance in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will receive a free bus pass.

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine and Community Services Minister Kelly Regan announced the new Building Vibrant Communities program on, Dec. 13.

“The program will help community-based organizations develop innovative approaches to supporting our most vulnerable citizens and ensuring every Nova Scotian has a chance of having a more secure future,” said Mr. Glavine. “This is about supporting community organizations that know best what local needs are.”

The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage will implement the grant program, that focuses on the following three areas in its first year:

  • Food security: initiatives that provide Nova Scotians with adequate access to food;
  • Youth transition: enabling Nova Scotian youth to become independent adults; and
  • Transportation: helping Nova Scotians access the transportation they need.

“All Nova Scotians deserve a chance to build a better life for themselves and their families,” said Ms. Regan.

“Breaking the cycle of poverty requires ensuring the right programs and services are in place to address needs today and for future generations. This involves all levels of government, communities, community groups, and organiz ...

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