Cornerstone Compromised: A Critical Analysis of Changes to Special Needs Assistance in Nova Scotia


On August 8th, 2011, the Nova Scotia government made several changes that affect access to special needs allowances under the income assistance system. In the summer of 2012, the CCPA-NS began an analysis of these changes, interviewing stakeholders and holding a community forum. This report looks at the major themes that emerged in those interviews, and also offers long- and short-term recommendations for the NS income assistance system that will help us to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians living in poverty and support their health and dignity. 

Publication date: 
Jul 2013
Sara Wuite, Christine Saulnier, Stella Lord
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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