The young people of Nova Scotia matter. From students to professionals to entrepreneurs and all those playing in the 'gig economy'. They are the future of our Province. It is time we heard their voice loud and clear.
In February 2014, Now or Never: An Urgent Call for Action for Nova Scotians, a report on the pressing economic development need for the Province, was released. Since that time, little has happened. In fact, there no longer exists an actual department within Government focused solely on economic development and there certainly isn’t a cohesive strategy to move forward.
With this in mind, we propose developing a simple, coordinated, and actionable economic development strategy for the Province from the unique perspective of young Nova Scotians - those aged 22 to 39 years. Why? These creative, committed, and brilliant young people are the ones who will live in that economic future. They should really have the strongest voice in shaping it. No other future planning has focused solely on this demographic.
The result of our initiative will be a concise working strategy that illuminates the answers why young people will stay, come back, or move to Nova Scotia. The strategy will have the energy, optimism, and openness of youth to create and capture opportunity for Nova Scotia. It will also provide a detailed framework for people, in both the private and public sectors, to take tailor-made initiatives forward in a coordinated action, with the power to retain, return, and welcome youth to the province