We begin right here, right now, with a new conversation. We salute all that Nova Scotians are doing right, and the community and sector leaders who are demonstrating — through action — how collaboration gets results.

Nova Scotia’s economic and demographic trajectories are very troubling, but they will be no match for our hard work, courage and commitment. We have opportunities, assets and the great strength of our people, who bring heart, creativity and granite resolve to the challenges we face.

The ONE Nova Scotia Coalition has developed a 10-year Collaborative Action Plan to revitalize our province. Our plan is different from previous plans. Working together, Nova Scotians can create a positive trajectory for the future.

Our path is clear and it will be accomplished with your help. Please, for the love of Nova Scotia, join us on this journey.

IF WE WANT TO CHANGE OUR PROVINCE’S FUTURE, OUR CHILDREN NEED TO HAVE A STRONG START. PROVIDING A SOLID FOUNDATION TO HELP PREPARE CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS IS AN ECONOMIC INVESTMENT THAT, OVER TIME, WILL MAKE OUR PROVINCE BETTER FOR ALL.

Together, we need to make sure every child is ready upon entering Primary. Early childhood education and development has exceptionally high returns to society as a whole. The early years of a child’s life are critical determinants of life-long physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language development. Pre-school programming also enables more parents to access employment opportunities and, over the long term, improves youth participation in the workforce.

YOUNG NOVA SCOTIANS ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR PROVINCE. THEIR VITALITY, SKILLS AND COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY WILL DEFINE WHAT WE BECOME. THAT IS WHY NOVA SCOTIA NEEDS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE CONFIDENCE THEY CAN ACHIEVE THEIR CAREER AND FAMILY ASPIRATIONS IN THEIR HOME PROVINCE.

The challenge, however, is that net outmigration has reduced the population of Nova Scotians aged 20-29 by an average of 1.3 percent annually from 2004 to 2014. We must reverse this demographic decline and leverage our 5Cs: culture, creativity, community, charm, and character. To do this, Nova Scotia must make greater strides in boosting the employment rate of youth, as well as the workforce participation of youth who are not in education, employment or training. A concerted effort to develop a coordinated youth strategy that maximizes youth opportunities and retention should be an immediate priority.

THE NUMBER AND QUALITY OF NOVA SCOTIA’S POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION (PSE) INSTITUTIONS GIVES US A HUGE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE THAT CAN HELP TO REVITALIZE OUR PROVINCE. A THRIVING INNOVATION ECONOMY DEPENDS ON TALENTED PEOPLE WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ATTITUDES TO MAKE NOVA SCOTIA STRONGER ECONOMICALLY, SOCIAL AND CULTURALLY.

There are approximately 56,000 students attending post-secondary institutions in Nova Scotia, with about 22,000 coming here to study from other provinces and countries. We challenge these institutions to play an even greater role as regional innovation hubs that connect with surrounding communities and strengthen opportunities for students to benefit from experiential learning.

NOVA SCOTIA NEEDS TO WELCOME THE WORLD TO OUR SHORES. IN ORDER TO ADDRESS OUR POPULATION CHALLENGES, WE NEED MUCH HIGHER IMMIGRATION LEVELS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF ENTREPRENEURS IN OUR PROVINCE AND TO RENEW OUR LABOUR FORCE.

And that means attracting more people from other provinces and countries. Interprovincial migration—for example, attracting recent immigrants or native Nova Scotians here from other provinces—is another method of boosting our population.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT) IS CHANGING SOCIETIES, IMPACTING OUR DAILY LIVES AND REVOLUTIONIZING GLOBAL TRADE.

This rapidly evolving technology is transforming everything it touches, with its limits still nowhere in sight.

NOVA SCOTIA MUST COMPETE ON A GLOBAL LEVEL. AND THAT MEANS NOT ONLY SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, BUT ALSO INCREASING EXPORTS FROM OUR PROVINCE TO PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.

The key to increasing exports and economic growth is global competitiveness, without the aid of a weak currency. This durable form of competitiveness depends on a combination of innovation, to make one’s product more attractive, and productivity, to make it more cost-efficiently. This is how the interrelated phenomena of globalization, innovation, and competitiveness lead to durable economic prosperity, which is a precondition for improved standards of living, including the availability of educational, health, and social services that are otherwise threatened by a stagnant economy and an aging population.

NOVA SCOTIA ENJOYS A WEALTH OF ASSETS AND OPPORTUNITIES LINKED TO THE OCEAN, WITH AN ECONOMY THAT IS INEXTRICABLY LINKED TO OUR SEASIDE LOCATION. FROM THE TRADITIONAL FISHING INDUSTRY, TO MARINE-BASED NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS, TO OUR SEAFARING HISTORY, OFFSHORE ENERGY AND MILITARY ESTABLISHMENTS IN OUR PROVINCE, THE OCEAN IS PART OF NOVA SCOTIA’S CULTURE, CHARM, AND COMMERCE.

It is a sector that accounts for seven per cent of our GDP and about 35,000 jobs, with significant opportunities for growth and expansion.

There are limitless ways to increase our oceans investment, tapping into a wealth of potential innovation, economic expansion and opportunities to retain our youth by attracting and developing entrepreneurial talent.