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.