In April 2009, Nova Scotia introduced its poverty reduction strategy: Preventing Poverty, Promoting Prosperity. The plan includes provincial and federal investments in each of its primary goal areas. It also outlines the provincial commitment of reducing the number of people living in poverty by the year 2020.
Although the plan is in its sixth year, there are no clear measures of progress available. Without these measures, it is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of the provincial strategy. The cost of poverty in Nova Scotia in 2010 is estimated between $1.5-2.2 billion per year.