A different kind of plan
This is not a traditional economic development plan. It is one step in an ongoing process to create a positive trajectory for Nova Scotia, through economic growth and demographic stabilization.
Like its predecessor, the Ivany Report, our plan is addressed to all Nova Scotians; it is not directed only to government.
Our plan asks Nova Scotians to work collaboratively. The importance of stakeholder and citizen involvement in creating sustainable change cannot be overstated. Every specific is not determined in our plan — nor should they be — because stakeholders must be partners in designing and implementing the solutions. This is how we will achieve broadly supported, long-term results.
The ONE Nova Scotia Coalition is very cognizant of the sense of urgency expressed in the Ivany Report. Our plan has a very deliberate focus on our best growth opportunities: our ocean-related industries and potential for strong expansion in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector. This is where our near-term economic recoveries will be found.
But there are also foundational issues to address if our long-term prospects are to improve. We recommend new approaches in education — beginning with early years pre-school development and continuing right through to post-secondary education and career training. We want to provide our young people with the best possible chance to maximize their future potential right here at home in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia — like many other jurisdictions — has experienced significant depopulation in rural communities. Our report provides a roadmap so communities may build on their strengths, collaborate within regions and become partners in creating solutions to stabilize rural Nova Scotia.
Our report recommends ongoing measurement of initiatives and public reporting of progress towards the goals in the Ivany Report. We also propose an independent structure to ensure the plan is advanced over its 10-year timeframe. This combination offers a unique approach to keep our plan on track.