Multi-Year Funding Act
BILL NO. 124
4th Session, 61st General Assembly
61 Elizabeth II, 2012
Private Member's Bill
Multi-Year Funding Act
First Reading: November 8, 2012
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Multi-Year Funding Act.
2 In this Act,
(a) "designated non-profit organizations" means those organizations designated by the Minister as those who qualify for receipt of funding under a multi-year funding framework;
(b) "Minister" means the Minister of Community Services;
(c) "multi-year funding framework" means the development of three-year consecutive funding and service agreements between the organizations receiving funding and the Minister;
(d) "working group" means the working group established under Section 3.
3 There is hereby established a working group consisting of five members of the Nova Scotia Volunteer Advisory Council designated by that Council and the Minister to develop a multi-year funding framework for designated non-profit organizations funded by the Province.
4 The working group shall consult as needed with the following departments and agencies and with designated non-profit organizations in the development of a multi-year funding framework:
(a) the Department of Finance;
(b) Treasury Board;
(c) Policy and Priorities Committee.
5 (1) On or before September 30, 2013, the working group shall, for the purpose of developing a multi-year funding framework, develop and establish
(a) the qualifications required for receipt of multi-year funding;
(b) a funding application process for designated non-profit organizations;
(c) service agreement templates; and
(d) an approval process for the designation of non-profit organizations.
(2) Subject to Section 7, designated non-profit organizations may receive funding in accordance with the multi-year funding framework.
6 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations adding additional government departments through which designated non-profit organizations can be funded under a multi-year funding framework that may include, but are not limited to,
(a) the Department of Education;
(b) the Department of Environment;
(c) the Department of Health;
(d) the Department of Health Promotion and Protection; and
(e) the Department of Natural Resources.
(2) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting any matter the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.
(3) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority set out in subsections (1) and (2) is regulations within the meaning of the Regulations Act.
7 The money required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
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