This will be achieved through:. Canada has never before met any of its national emissions reduction targets. Fortunately, we are seeing leadership from the provinces, with Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia held up as examples of strong climate policy. Now is the time to ensure our regions are positioning our communities and economies for the low carbon future.
We believe much more can, and must, be done in Atlantic Canada, especially as a majority of our population lives in coastal areas. Climate change is not an abstract concept for those of us facing erosion and flooding. Clean looks forward to stronger commitments from regional governments so that our workforce and our communities will not be left behind in this transition to a new economy. Nova Scotia has made strides in reducing greenhouse gases GHGs. But the majority of energy will still come from high emissions-producing, non-renewable resources — so there is much more work to do.
It will not happen all at once. We need to ensure it is a compassionate transition for our labour force. We need to ensure our various policies are aligned and not competing with one another. The time for action is now.
As the President of France Francois Hollande reflected at the signing, we will not be judged on a clause in a sentence, but on the text as a whole. We will not be judged on one day but on the century. We will not be judged on one word, but on the action. During the Global Climate Conference in Paris, the City of Halifax , the Ecology Action Centre and Clean Foundation celebrated those Nova Scotian businesses, individuals, community groups and educators showing outstanding leadership around climate change.
On December 11th, at Halifax City Hall, we shone a spotlight on just some of the Nova Scotians championing our transition to a low-carbon economy, and those helping us to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Nova Scotia has shown national leadership on waste reduction and energy efficiency — we want to celebrate those champions working to ensure our province does its share on the climate change issue. However, the majority of energy will still come from high emissions-producing, non-renewable resources — so there is more work to do.
We hope the people honoured here continue to work on climate issues, and inspire more action in Atlantic Canada. MindShift program through the Adventure Earth Centre. MindShift was designed by youth, for youth, to make a difference in schools and communities.
Doctor Solar is a community-owned company that has been designing, installing and maintaining solar hot water and photovoltaic systems for residential, commercial and institutional applications throughout Nova Scotia for over 20 years. Rochelle Owen works as the Director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, which works on local and international climate change issues at the grassroots level, environmental law and policy, adaptation planning and international development.
Thomas was not at the ceremony as he was at the Climate Conference in Paris] 5. Stephen Thomas is an engineer currently working with Scotian Windfields on their community-owned wind projects. He is the founder of DivestDAL, a fossil fuel divestment campaign at Dalhousie University, as well as If You Build It, an organization that provides people the tools to build their own solar panels.
Leon has been working for over a decade to further his vision for sustainable and climate-friendly Nova Scotian communities. In he was hired by the Town of Bridgewater to produce its Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, which he completed in Cape Breton University will soon be the first University in North America to completely offset all of its direct CO2 emissions by investing in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency.
This coming January, CBU will commission a three turbine windfarm across from the campus that will generate an estimated 16, MWh of electricity annually, equivalent to a saving of 15, tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. Canada and almost other countries, as well as thousands of organizations, will work to adopt a universal agreement to limit global emissions production and help societies transition to low-carbon economies. Each country must submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions INDCs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before COP21 and a summary of these contributions has been created to represent the cumulative impact of these national efforts and to determine if they are enough to limit warming.
This would mean significant changes to the Earth as we know it. Since the early days of international climate change summits, non-governmental organizations NGOs have been actively involved, attending sessions and exchanging views with other participants, including delegates.
It is recognized that this involvement allows vital experience, expertise, information and perspectives from civil society to be brought into the process to generate new insights and approaches.
Furthermore, the access and participation of observers to the process promotes transparency in this increasingly complex universal problem. Such participation flourishes in an atmosphere of mutual trust which acknowledges respect for others and their opinions, and takes into account the nature of intergovernmental sessions. Clean Foundation will be attending the Climate Conference to learn from other delegates, and to share our experience, particularly in the following areas:.
We are also interested in learning about other methods of supporting local and national targets, including climate finance, climate policy, adaptation strategies, municipal leadership and micro-financing. We all know how important it is to tackle climate change. We know they care about the Earth and their communities. We also know that given the chance, they have strong opinions and clear ideas about how to fix the problems.
It will be one of the biggest international summits ever. Clean Foundation is providing climate change resources to equip elementary-level educators with information and activities that can be easily integrated into their daily lessons. And as an organization based in the Atlantic, Clean also welcomes Mr. Hunter Tootoo as the new Minister of Fisheries of Oceans.
Clean encourages all level of governments in Canada to work for sustainable development. By adding Climate Change to the name of the environment department, the new government has signaled the importance of climate issues in Canada.
Reducing carbon pollution is critical for our environment, and also offers economic opportunities in areas such as clean energy. The Federal Government has said it will work with provincial governments on climate change, and Clean encourages the government to also involve the many non-profit organizations across Canada that are working hard to improve our environment.
It can rain — a lot — during any season in Atlantic Canada. And with climate change models showing our region will experience storms of increasing severity in coming years, Clean Foundation wants to help mitigate some of the problem associated with all this water.
The non-profit organization is launching a three-year Atlantic Stormwater Initiative to help people in the region adapt to climate change, as well as improve the health and long-term sustainability of the Atlantic ecosystem through better stormwater management.
A November 9 th one-day conference will be the kick-off event for the Atlantic Stormwater Initiative.
This runoff can accumulate quickly and cause flooding and erosion. It also picks up pollutants and debris, and runs into our streams, rivers and lakes untreated. Conventional stormwater management channels excess water into storm drains and sewers as quickly as possible, leading to overflowing systems and water contamination. The Atlantic Stormwater Initiative has been developed by Clean to better manage water quantity and flow, while mitigating the associated impacts to water quality, habitat and biodiversity.
This project will improve the capacity of communities to lessen stormwater risks and threats due to climate change, and better protect water quality, habitat and biodiversity. As part of this project, Clean will support the design and installation of effective demonstration sites.
October 19th to 25th is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Clean Foundation encourages all Nova Scotians to think about the waste they produce, and how they can reduce it — for the benefit of both the environment and the economy. Clean believes we can reduce the amount of waste we produce and prevent it from accumulating in our communities and in natural areas. Through our programs, Clean offers province-wide opportunities for community engagement and awareness about practices that keep our environment healthy:.
Also during Waste Reduction Week, Clean will release five waste reduction tip videos featuring two of our puppet characters — Eddie the Cat and Bigfoot — used to engage students in schools. It is a growing area of concern for all levels of government, insurance companies and property owners across Canada. An online map of locations practicing good stormwater management will encourage others to undertake similar initiatives. As a first step in the program, Clean will host a stormwater conference in November as part of a collaborative planning session amongst stormwater experts and stakeholders.
The list of all funding recipients for and a short description of their projects can be found here: Atlantic Ecosystem Initiatives Funding Program. But, just because the Commuter Challenge week has come to an end, you do not need to stop using active and sustainable transportation. They join nine Aboriginal Leadership students who have been working since early May. The summer jobs range from watershed restoration to waste reduction, bat monitoring to eco-tourism, renewable energy to sustainable transportation.
At the end of June, all students participated in a training camp in Debert where they had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on topics such as entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, communications and networking. The Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps NSYCC builds connections between youth and local organizations to stimulate stewardship for the natural environment and support the emergence of young community leaders. This is accomplished by providing students with training and employment opportunities through paid work placements with community-based organizations.
Another NSYCC priority is to equip youth with the aptitude to become leaders in their communities while delivering meaningful environmental projects across the province. We are helping them make the event more environmentally responsible. For example, the marathon has switched from water bottles to using hydrants for the water stations. Halifax Transit is offering all registrants with a race bib free bus and ferry service on race day. Clean volunteers will help maintain recycling bins, and our hybrid cars will be used by Blue Nose representatives during the event.
And our Clean Foundation bike valet service will return. Located in the Grand Parade Square, free bike storage will be available Friday, 9 a. Today is Earth Day, a day to reflect on the environment, and on how we can lesson our impact on the natural world that sustain us.
The stats are alarming. A shrinking population and tax base. Traditional industries in decline. Rural towns decorated with out-of-business signs. These stats have a human face. Sons and daughters going down the road because of a lack of employment. Immigrants not finding opportunity here so they continue their journey elsewhere. Nova Scotia needs entrepreneurs and business start-ups. We need revenue to maintain our schools and our hospitals. We need a deeply welcoming society.
As an environmental organization with over 25 years of experience, the Clean Foundation also knows we need to better manage our natural resources. We need to clean up our waterways, and reduce our waste. And most of all, we need to confront the realities of climate change, to help stave off the devastating consequences of too many greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
Those stats are also alarming, and they too have a human face. There are economic and social costs to climate change that we — and our children and grandchildren — will pay, one way or another.
We can use economic levers to create incentives for industries to transition away from fossil fuels. We can create the green collar jobs that keep future generations believing that this future is possible here. We can create the healthy environment and vibrant society that attracts newcomers.
But we have to take risks, be creative, and engage in smart and bold conversations that are not immediately dispersed by the prism of politics. In practice, this means a moratorium on shale gas fracking is not the end of a debate, but another chapter in an ongoing discourse about energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It means adding value to our natural resources. It means taxing the bad stuff — pollution and greenhouse gases — instead of just the good stuff like jobs and wages.
Jobs vs the environment. Nova Scotians vs come-from-aways. We need a strong equitable economy that is rooted in a healthy environment.
Nova Scotia led the way with a system that diverted 50 percent of waste from our landfills. A quarter of our electricity will come from renewables by the end of this year, and over 40 percent by For our part, the Clean Foundation has helped prevent , tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. Energy efficiency not only saves money and reduces our carbon footprint, it also supports local businesses doing this work — a green industry that will continue to grow.
Registrations are now open for teams across the province at www. Spring weather will eventually arrive, and with it the litter and garbage underneath all that melting snow.
After a particularly long winter and an unprecedented amount of snow, litter will make an unsightly appearance as never before. The Clean Foundation has a solution and is inviting all Nova Scotians families, youth, individuals, businesses and schools to take part in the Great Pick-Me-Up, our long-standing anti-litter program and one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the province.
With support from municipalities, Clean will provide teams with everything they need to run a successful litter clean-up event. Groups can register by calling or by going online at nspickmeup.
Clean will send a free kit that includes supplies, information on how to coordinate your event and a data card to track results. Litter is an eyesore, poses health risks, affects water quality, and is often mistaken as food for wildlife. Studies show people tend to litter in areas where there is already garbage on the ground.
Halifax Harbour is a functioning estuary that shelters numerous fisheries that are of recreational, commercial and aboriginal importance, including Gaspereau, American eel and Atlantic salmon.
The rivers that flow into the harbour are essential watercourses for fish to access freshwater spawning grounds. The Sawmill River, in downtown Dartmouth, is one such river that connects Halifax Harbour to some of the largest water bodies in the Dartmouth area. Forty-three years ago, a meter length of the Sawmill River was buried in a pipe underground, creating a barrier that prevents fish from moving to their essential spawning grounds.
The barrier of the Sawmill River remains to this day. In this replacement, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is requiring that fish passage be restored. Daylighting describes projects that deliberately expose some or all of the flow of a previously covered river, creek, or stormwater drainage.
Daylighting of the Sawmill River will also complement the extensive work and investment of the City of Halifax to clean up the Harbour through improved sewage treatment in recent years.
Our watershed restoration team has developed expertise in watershed restoration and community engagement, stewardship and education about the benefits and requirements for healthy watercourses. Clean Foundation supports the initiative to daylight the Sawmill River and commits to assisting the city of Halifax and Halifax Water Commission in maintaining exposed sections of the river. Maintenance support from Clean Foundation could include habitat restoration, erosion control, debris clearing and removal and litter clean ups.
It can be expensive to heat and power a home. EnergyAssist is an easy way to learn about many free programs available in Nova Scotia to help you save money on heating and energy. This is our future. Clean Energy Financing Retrofits that pay for themselves. Super Eddie enviro games Kids, play our clean air games online!
Select a Program energy water waste youth transportation. Clean Foundation selected to help seven municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change Clean Foundation is proud to announce it will be working with seven Nova Scotia municipalities in their efforts to strengthen their resilience to the effects of climate change through the Municipal Climate Adaptation Initiative MCAI. The Clean Leadership program is ready to employ 56 youth in the environmental field this summer Applications are open from March 2 nd to 25 th for youth who want to join the clean growth economy this summer.
This summer, projects will include: Clean Leadership now accepting proposals for summer intern projects When it comes to the clean growth economy, Atlantic Canada can be a leader in creating sustainable local jobs. On Giving Tuesday, kids are raising money for environmental education in schools Kids have the power to make a difference!
Fix-it Fair to take place at Halifax Forum on October 21st, In , Clean Foundation hosted our first Fix-It Fair to celebrate the ingenuity, innovation and creativity of businesses that are committed to reducing our provincial waste footprint. Look for more information about the program and how to apply coming soon. Our annual impact The amount of work accomplished by Clean staff and volunteers each year is astounding even to us — and it keeps growing.
Family Oceans Day Come join us for a fun, ocean-themed event at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, featuring a mobile aquarium! The judging panel selecting the Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders included: Fix-it Fair October 19 - Divert Waste. September 26 th , Time: This framework, which was developed by the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure, is used by infrastructure owners, design teams, community groups, environmental organizations, constructors, regulators, and policy makers to: Be publicly recognized for high levels of achievement in sustainability.
Include community priorities in civil infrastructure projects. At the end of this course, you will be able to: Nova Scotia Youth Corps expands into Barbados, helping more youth get green jobs The Nova Scotia Youth Corps program — which has helped thousands of youth in Nova Scotia gain skills and work experience in the environmental field — has expanded to Barbados, to help youth in the Caribbean gain green skills as well. Objectives Provide youth in Barbados with meaningful paid summer employment opportunities in the environmental field while gaining lifelong skills; Positively benefit the environment in Barbados; Expand programming at Future by partnering with Clean to pilot a new Youth Corps program; Develop and strengthen the network of local environmental projects in Barbados.
Scope The pilot program will run for 8 weeks , and employ 3 post-secondary students during the summer. Links to the Canadian program: To request copies by mail please contact our office at Can you help shape an environmentally sustainable future in Atlantic Canada? Interested parties should submit their resume by Friday, May 20, to: Scott Skinner, Executive Director sskinner clean. Some trash talk on Earth Day Clean has been organizing litter clean-ups since Nova Scotia Youth Corps program that employs young people in the environmental field gets five more years of funding Clean Foundation has signed a new five-year agreement with the Nova Scotia Department of Environment to continue delivering the innovative Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps program.
Examples of the types of projects the students work on include: The ideas are grouped under four high-level opportunities for immediate, collaborative action: The agreement is important for many reasons, including: The science on climate change was respected, as most scientists consider 1.
Previous treaties only included richer countries. Canada sign on to the Kyoto Protocol, but backed out in ; the U.
The annual dollar amounts are considered to be the floor for further financial commitments beyond This will be achieved through: Implementation of the voluntary commitments countries have made to reduce their emissions by Regular and transparent reviews of those targets Policy and market mechanisms that encourage a broad adoption of low carbon business and tech.
Clean Foundation will be attending the Climate Conference to learn from other delegates, and to share our experience, particularly in the following areas: Supporting elementary school engagement with COP21 across Canada. I work as a Freelance translator here in India French to English and so would be taking along some of my work here too. But please do let me know if there are jobs for people like me.
I am also interest to go into any other field where I can use my French language skills. Thanks for your comments, Priyank. With your French skills, you are sure to find a great job here. That skill set really should be highlighted at the top of your resume! Best of luck with your job search! I have a 15 year old African American daughter. I want to retire to rural Nova Scotia in 3- 5 years.
I hope all my dreams will come true! Good luck with your move. Hello — what are your thoughts about Yarmouth and what area would you recommend to live in? Hi Wenz, and thanks for your comment. I am a Halifax girl, who likes big cities. I lived in London, England for over a decade , so I would go crazy in Yarmouth, which is very remote to my mind.
The town of Yarmouth is lovely. It depends on who you are and what you are looking for! My wife and I US citizens are very interested in living part-time in Halifax as self-sufficient retirees. Where should we begin our search for a good-sized rental or purchase that we might sub-let for half a year at a time? And could we bring a US-registered car over the border freely, or this prohibited or taxed excessively? Hope to make a scouting visit to NS in the next year to gather more information and make contacts, find a real estate agent for guidance, etc.
You need a realtor. Laurianne Falkwin is the best one in Halifax- https: All my life I have lived and worked in Indian cities. I have a degree in electronics and communication engineering and worked briefly as an IT consultant.
However, I was never satisfied working as an IT consultant. Finally, I found out that working outdoors is what i need. At this stage of my life, I would like to explore different cultures and countries as well. Thus, I am looking towards canada and consulting a few colleges and universities to decide on a suitable program.
In this process, I came across NS and the peninsula and the atlantic: Okay, even I am sick and tired of living in Indian cities. So, last couple of days, I have been researching on NS. Look, you have a lot of marine and maritime, shipping stuff there right?! I am not after material benefits. However, a self sufficient nice peaceful life with a lot of hiking, cycling, fishing…is what i seek.
Of course, I am ready to work hard in my real job. If you may kindly let me know. Dear Abhishek, Thank you for reading my reflection on what it is like to move back to Nova Scotia. A self-sufficient nice peaceful life with a lot of hiking, cycling and fishing is definitely possible in Halifax. The Nova Scotia community college is a highly regarded post-secondary institution that is indeed closely linked with industry.
If you love agriculture there is plenty of it here! We have an agricultural college in Truro Nova Scotia now part of Dalhousie University and our Annapolis Valley is a huge area for farming and producing. In Victorian times, this region used to produce all the apples for England! There may be seasonal work there, not sure. My plan is to go to school there for baking and pastry arts and maybe work in a bakery or something.
Is halifax a good place to live in? Most of the neighbourhoods are safe! There are a few neighbourhoods in North End Dartmouth that seem to have a high crime rate, just avoid them. Most parts are lovely. We are planning to move to NS.
We have three kids of agre 12, age 11 and 7. Kindly advise if the school education is free for migrants? Thanks for this kind blog. Thank you for reading! Yes, school for children is free for all residents, and the school system is very welcoming to newcomers. Many schools in the city have support workers and teaching staff that specifically help newcomer children to settle in. I am not sure about jobs in your field. Im from new brunswick and kived in toronto, alberta, Vancouver, quebec, ottawa…and i can tell you i experienced almost every cukture small town, city, huge city and situation on eaRth.
Ottawa is a rotten place pretty and has money but no soul. Akot of greed here and sekfishness kike i never experienced. I can say the maritimes may not be rich but the people and lifestyle is there are no peopke like this in all of canada they have a kindred spirit honest heart and love life they help strangers…. Hi there, Me and my family are looking to move to Canada from the UK sometime in the near future hopefully. We have 2 young children who at the moment are only 5 and 3 years old, which of these do you think would give the children the best quality of life as they are what are important?
I realise that getting a job offer in Alberta is more of a likelihood than NS so im prepared for starting out in Alberta but i was wondering if we go to Alberta would it be worth uprooting the kids again for a life in NS after a year or so?
You should consider Hubbards NS. We are 30 minutes outside of Halifax on the beautiful South Shore.. Our area is in high demand for carpenters, and the community of Hubbards offers an amazing scholarship fund for all children pursuing college education. We are a small rural community on the ocean, with a wonderful community spirit, and we would welcome a new family from the UK.
Hubby and I are trying to make the decision whether to go back or not. I miss the sea and the nature so much. We both have pretty decent jobs right now and to leave them for complete uncertainty is terrifying. I loved your article and what timing. My husband and I have just decided that after 16 years in Alberta that we want to move back to Nova Scotia where we are both from as is all our family. However we are finding that people who live there are telling us not to move!
They say there are no jobs, crime is bad and that the health care, in the way of wait times is awful. My Husband hoped to go back to school and there seems to be lots of post secondary education. We also have a son that will be graduating before we move. I worry about his opportunities. We are having second thoughts. If you are looking for a good paying job, with excellent benefits and a great pension, perhaps the two of you should apply online to one of the Michelin plants.
I lived in Ontario for 18 years, and saw advertisements in the Halifax Chronicle Herald for Michelin and applied online from Ontario. Now I am working full time making a good wage, and enjoying the peaceful life back home. Houses are much cheaper here than in Ontario, electricity and insurance are also less expensive. Groceries and gas are all at the same level, cost wise, as they are in Ontario. No more fighting traffic jams, or temperatures 40 degrees plus or minus in summer and winter.
True, if you are living outside of Halifax, public transportation is non existent except in the Annapolis Valley , but even when living in London Ontario I owned a vehicle and barely used the available public transit options.
Thank you ao much for this post! My family is stretched to each end of Canada and spackled in between. I was born and enjoyed my childhood in beautiful BC. But moved to Ontario just in time for my teenage years. I have always missed the ocean and beaches and have never lost the feeling of not being where I belong. I am still in Ontario and have a family of my own. I work part time as a hospital ward clerk.
Husband drives for a moving company. My parents live in Newfoundland now. Miss them dearly and wish I was closer. I yearn for the ocean.
I am lucky enough that I get to fly to Newfoundland almost yearly for a visit to family and the sea salt air. But I still have that itch of just getting out of Ontario for good.
Especially since the cost of housing in our area is increasing drastically we rent so our options are very limited more and more , we have no family nearby, and we just feel an overall unhappiness. We need a change. Finding full time well paid in Ontario is nearly impossible.
My husband could get a work transfer to Halifax so the move would be easy. What would be potential financial setbacks if we were both able to find full time permanent employment?
Housing seems to be quite cheaper than out west. But what about heating, gas, food prices…what are the biggest financial burdens in Nova Scotia? Thanks for your comment. You could do some creative googling there, for some answers. The only setback would be that, depending on your level of equity, you might have a hard time leaving. Best of luck with everything! Good day everyone, I am currently living in Montreal and have an opportunity with work to take on a position in Halifax.
I had a friend who spent of few years in Halifax with the military and has loved it, has anyone else from Montreal did the move? I am looking for a safe and family oriented neighborhood, I will be at the Halifax airport and well my wife will be looking for work.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions and help. Thanks for the comment Jonathan, and good luck with your search. They are true professionals. Tell them I sent you!
There are wonderful family home in the Tantallon area, some with lovely lake fronts, your close to the ocean and outside of the city. Its near Peggys Cove too. Though there are many safe areas in the city it still has a higher crime rate and there are some bad areas.
I have family in the police forces, which is why i recommend living outside of the city. Thanks for this article! Seriously considering it myself.
Grew up in Truro, but have lived in Vancouver for 8 years now. And the not so harsh winters have been great too! While only 27, my dad is now almost 70 years old, and is sick. Only downside is that I think I would miss the mountains very badly. As well as the close proximity to Oregon and California….
Madam welldone good job. Please am doing this express entry and am planning to get the nova scotia provincial nominee program. I want to know if coming to nova scotia for me and my wife is a good choice. We are just in our 30s. I am a database analyst and a my wife is a nurse and a midwife. We are currently living in Nigeria. Please give an advice. Dear Ebenezer, On the surface, you will find that Halifax is one of the friendliest cities in the world, but once you settle here, you may face challenges.
Work is not abundant; we are one of the poorer Canadian provinces, so there will be lots of competition when you get here. On the bright side,it sounds like you might be in the right field nursing and tech. Once you arrive, you have to really get out there and introduce yourself to people personally.
Thank you for reading, and best of luck with your immigration plans! Hello Helen, Loved your post. Wanted to check the prospects of finding a permanent job in and around Halifax in the field of Human Resources. I am presently in India and thinking about immigrating with family. I was given to understand by a Canadian Consultancy that Nova Scotia is the only province where Human Resources professionals are in demand. Hi Karim and thank you for your comment.
Yes, HR is an area that is in demand, but do be aware that although this ticks a box on the immigration form, it does not mean that when you get here, you will find a job. My neighbour, a high-level HR professional from Jamaica, emigrated last year and has only found temporary work, much below her level of expertise.
On the other hand, her husband, a chef, has had no problem finding work! My neighbour did mention that there is a Canadian Immigration forum, which has a good discussion thread about this. I must remind myself to get the link from her so I can share it — maybe it can be googled. Anyway, Best of luck and I am so glad you liked my post. I am thankful I found such a honest opinion about the life in N. We are green oriented family with 2 small kids.
Although, the main reason to look for relocation are the kids environment and the language. Struggling to make the right call is not easy since we know no one, neither we have so called important connections for success..
We will see what happens. Good luck with your journey, Isabelle! When you visit Halifax, check out Family Fun Halifax. I edit that website. It will give you some ideas of fun things to do with the kids while you are getting a feel for the place. We are planning to move to NS and wondering how it is to settle in Dartmouth? How much is the standard cost of living, car and house rents? You can buy a good second-hand car maybe years old on http: House rents vary, but again, Kijiji is a good place to start.
Some areas are more desirable than others. For example, while North End Halifax is a nice area to rent a house, North End Dartmouth just across the bridge is rough and transport links bus are poorer. Good luck with your search! I really loved your article!
I actually came to your blog desperately googling bloggers from the east coast to get a clear sense of the lifestyle. My boyfriend and I live in Ontario right now — both having grown up around the busy Toronto area. We are both hard workers but ideally want a simple well balanced life and a place we could eventually have little ones.
I enjoyed everything you had to say about reasons to stay but the no job market really scares me.. I want to work in a bank and my boyfriend works with computer development. When kids are added, it becomes really important to have family nearby. But yes- you might fall in love with Nova Scotia. This is only my opinion… Anyway, I am so glad you enjoyed my article. The topic seems to have had an impact on so many people. In the meantime, you can check out the website that I edit: Best of luck with your decision!
Do not move to the Maritimes if you have no family or relatives there. We lived there for 12 years and during holidays, long weekends it was a very lonely time.
We had lots of friends, kids had a great school and we both had good jobs. Having lived in Ontario now and previous I find it much easier to make friends and are open to being much more hospitable. And, yes I do have lots of family here too. Martinets are friendly to visitors but not outsider IMO. Furthermore, my husband family lived in another part of Atlantic Canada and we visit often.
We too are considering a move from Ontario to NS. We are young retirees and not looking at the job market. I spent 3 yrs in NS with the Air Force, loved it and have felt drawn back every moment when moving is discussed.
Near activities but not wishing to be smack in the middle of a densely populated area. Wanting to be nearby ammenities but not in the midst. Guess we are looking for somewhere we can have an opportunity to fit in to the community and activities and not spend all our time on house maintenance. I would start looking on the South Shore, around Hubbards — there are actually some gorgeous condos for sale there.
Little pricey by our standards, but easy maintenance! Congratulations on your retirement! Thanks for your response. Heating, water and insurance costs are all expensive. There seems to be bias in smaller communities to folks coming in from other countries or Canadian Provinces. Also there is the concern of purchasing a home and then being unable to sell when the time comes. While homes and land are inexpensive, it does raise concerns around cost of living and feeling welcomed.
Thank you for your input. I can vouch that insurance, electricity, and home prices are all less expensive here than in Ontario where I had lived for almost 19 years. Heating is a different issue, it all depends where in the province you are located as to what you would be using to heat your home. We use wood heat with some electric back up. Those who heat using furnace oil are the ones paying the most. Natural gas is only available to Halifax residents.
However, all of the smaller towns and larger communities have decent internet access. Hello, Thank you for your article. I am considering moving to nova scotia to attend university to get my nursing degree and working as a RN and purchasing a house. Curious about life for teenagers and nursing opportunities. Hello Paige, and thank you for reading Eastcoastmum.
Lots of jobs in healthcare here, from what I am told. Life for teenagers depends on the teenager. You can visit http: Good luck with your plans! We dream of an East coast life, and visited last summer again to scout out the possibility of moving. We are planning on moving our family we have two sons, ages 10 and 12 before they start high school. We will make money on our house, but I was hoping to save the bulk of that for retirement.
We are all so excited about this change and have a very positive attitude, however, I am trying to find the balance between living my dream without setting ourselves up for disaster. Most of what I read about living in the Maritimes focuses on how bleak it is — I am encouraged when I read posts like this that also share the positive. Any advice is appreciated. Laura, My family and I are in the same boat as you are, and are around the same age as you with boys the same age as well so it is nice to have come across your comments.
We have been seriously thinking of moving to NS however I am so leery and excited all at the same time about the whole idea. We currently live in a small town outside of Woodstock, ON and it is a great community to raise children, however we feel we may live a more comfortable and less stress free lifestyle if we make the move to NS. With the prices of houses at the moment we will over double our original purchase price which will just about put us mortgage free with other debt to clear.
I however worry for my boys. Did you happen to do the move, and if so how are things for you now? Hi Vicki, Thanks for your comments. We certainly share the same struggle — I too am very concerned about the future for our boys if we make the move.
Additionally, our family is here too. The call of the ocean and East Coast life is strong, but not strong enough for us to abandon the practicalities of living.
For these reasons we are still here — just north east of Toronto, but looking to move to a smaller community on Lake Ontario, with the goal of benefiting from some of the small town community feelings that the East Coast does so well. This way we can both commute, as well as make money from the sale of our house — a compromise I realize, but sits more comfortably with my need for security. I too live in York Region and would really love the move in theory I think.
All of this seems to outway the romantic dream of east coast living. Maybe when I retire!! So I am thinking Halifax might be a good choice. I love all the things you touched on, and all the comments. We are a little concerned about employment though. We have no idea about employment opportunities, and I would love to hear any opinions- he is a senior level manager currently in hospitality.
He manages multiple food and beverage outlets and a large conference centre. Lisa, Thank you for the comments and best of luck with your move back! Halifax is a great city- move here and be poor …. After 25 years of working and living from coast to coast I decided to return home when the provincial government was asking for an experienced work force to return home and promoting to other experienced workers to come to NS for the lifestyle it has to offers. My wife was an experienced Administrative Assistant, and was looking so!
My wife was a volunteer for Victims services in Vancouver for a number of years, and did Junior Achievement in Calgary for 3 years. My wife had great experience in her career. The kind of experience the government was looking for to get the population growing again. My wife took a 6 week temp job in HRM to get her foot in the door and get things started. On her first day she was asked to remove a spiritual pendant that she was wearing from a supervisor who was wearing a spiritual pendant herself.
My wife refused, but did not take it to anyone higher at that time. After the temp job was over she was relieved because it made her feel very uncomfortable. My wife was still in contact with a former boss from Calgary who suggested that she go to a career consulting company in Halifax that he had used in the past.
Long story short the male consultant told her she had great skills, but because she was a woman it would make it hard for her to enter the workforce in NS. Needless to say she did not employ their services. I guess this was foreshadowing of things to come as all of a sudden it felt like we were back in the midth century. We had both lived and worked all over Canada and could not believe that in the 21st century things like this could happen in the work force… we blew these two incidents off as a very isolated and let it be, as opposed to making a complaint of either incident to the companies or human rights.
We had decided to settle in the Valley. So she re-applied to them and still never got called for an interview. She was interviewed and hired by a consulting company hired from outside the province. So she contacted the head office and told them about what had happened. My wife was fired when she came back to work the following Monday. I just cannot believe in the 21st century that this kind of treatment happens in a Canadian Province.
We moved here not with expectations of high pay or storming the business world. My intent with this next statement is not to offend or to be arrogant, but sometimes the truth can be offending and sound arrogant. Anyone who has worked outside of the east coast for over 20 years will have more experience than persons who have worked here all their life…this is just fact.
If calculated using wages that we would have continued receiving in Calgary it would be much higher. I have personally discouraged people I know who have shown an interest in moving here.
I told them not to bother as their careers would most likely fail or suffer greatly. I have read about very similar experience by people from online forms. All I can say is thank you Nova Scotia for being so welcoming…you were friendly in public, but not so welcoming in private. This story is not unique to us, as other CFA people have told us very similar stories. The only reason I have stayed here at this point is because of my 84 year old Mothers health. Just to advise if your not s nova scitian you sre not considered the same.
Its the same when i moved to toronto i was not considered for most jobs your sn outsider. Thanks for your comments, Mary. Reading with interest as considering a move to Halifax from Toronto. I am close to retirement, but not there yet. I have some equity in my house in Scarborough and the prospect of cheaper housing is attractive.
I came to Toronto from London Ontario for a career opportunity in Banking in and have stayed even though being downsized from banking in , and struggling with various other opportunities since.
This is equivalent to a class 3 in NS with Air brake endorsement. I gotta move somewhere though …. Thank you, Todd for this insightful post. Thinking now NS will not be in the cards. As you stated …. Sounds like covert hostility to me which is most dangerous. I was in recruiting for a few years and the practices you describe here would not fly at all in Ontario and these firms would be facing law suits. If the government wants to grow it, these attitudes need to change.
For now though, will take a pass. When you are ready to retire it could be a good move. If done right it can be less expensive to live a nice retirement. After almost 20 years back I see NS never being anything more than a retreat and retirement destination. Which is a shame because if it was more welcoming to new and open ways of progress,and the people who could be part of that it could have a lot to offer. At 55 with an ok paying job I still have to take other work to stay on top and try to makeup for everything lost by moving back.
Not what I had planned for this point in my life. Thanks, well, look after yourself first. The rest will work itself out. This is same advice I should have listened to.
It would most certainly be less expensive then Toronto. My mortgage is starting to be too much. It was the owners car of a new property, our company had just taken under contact and expensive to fix. I thought that is what company insurance was for? It is all on call work and usually going out at midnight.
It would have taken me all Winter to pay them off. So, I ended up with the Winter off looking for work. As it turns out, it is just as well I was not working over the Winter as a little later on II had a heart attack during an angiogram procedure, which has slowed me down a bit.
They said I was headed for one anyway. So, better on the operating table then in the Stirling in the middle of the night in a snow storm, LOL. I also got my Pool Operator Certification over the winter. This is for Commercial Swimming Pools, facilities management type stuff.
I like the work, but these jobs are few and far between. Luckily I have some equity in my house. My plan now is to sell in the biggest city and buy in the smallest city. Right at the foot of Georgian Bay. If all goes well, I should be able to get just as nice or maybe a bit nicer place for a third the money and invest the rest, is the plan. Even though only 3 hours away, it feels like a big move. Not as big a move as NS though. My feelings have changed and I think I would be too isolated, but hope to visit again.
Hopefully I can cope and find work in Owen Sound. I feel positive, but is always a struggle it seems. Best of luck in your future. I will add that NS also has a very misguided envesis on pedigrees.
Employers and government push strongly on education over experience. I worked with a guy a few years back who was in a similar situation as my wife and I were. She was from here, and he was from PEI. Shortly after moving here he applied for a job packing trucks at a plant. Government pushes for workers entering the work force to take as many work place courses as possible…WHMIS,Work Safe, Working in confined spaces etc leading them to believe that this will put them at the top of the pile for consideration.
I feel part of the reason my wife never got called for jobs interviews was that she had not graduated with some sort of an office administrator course. Yet she had worked her way up in her career with night courses, and self educating to the point she would be the one in at work to teach new office software programs to staff.
To add to the other couple mentioned… she was an interior design consultant in QC, and applied for a job at an interior design business here. They were impressed with her resume,and the fact that she had CAD program experience…they offered her minimum wage. It is pretty much a doubled edge sword here with experience and pedigree. I know for a fact that when I first applied on jobs here that my resume was thrown in the trash by some employees…the chef.
I did not have my Cooks Red Seal when I moved back. It was never a question or concern in Alberta…only my experience was of concern. Which was a joke here at the time. Government is the biggest problem with advancing the work force because of how it promotes this attitude. Thanks for the comment Todd.
I totally agree — I can only compare it to my experiences working and living in the UK, and what you have described definitely rings true. Take them up on it. And you WILL need some savings. I am a microbiology consultant in Abbotsford, BC. I am planning to relocate my small business in Halifax area and I never been to Halifax or Atlantic Canada. How this city for family, school and weather? Any detail for life in this city will be great for family. Hi Amir, thanks for your comment.
Compared to BC, it will be a cold, slushy winter. Your car will rust! I am also the editor of a website called http: Why not head over there to get a feel for the events and activities for families in Halifax. I currently live in Colorado and I want to move to Seattle cause I love the forest and ocean and mountains all in one zone though it seems to be becoming overpopulated just like Colorado due to the legalization of marijuana.
Marry a nice Canadian girl? Best of luck with your plans, Tobias. Thanks for your comment! Hoping for some advice…. Thinking about moving from Ontario to Nova Scotia. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
It would work for sure! Students would be bussed to school. Check the Halifax Regional School Board website at http: Hi, We are from NB had to leave our home province because we could not secure employment due to the bilingual law now.
In Nova Scotia 9 years, and we are leaving. Moving to Acton, Ont. Great jobs, 30 min commute to Mississauga, cost more for a house, But we went out farther, great country living with Guelph and Georgetown 20 min away,a s well as the city of Toronto if we care to go, an hour away. Just the way we like it. It does not get any better. Nova Scotia brought us much personal happiness, but unable to plan for retirement, so we will return probably in 10 years, without the struggle of getting by.
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