BILL NO. 71
3rd Session, 63rd General Assembly
70 Elizabeth II, 2021
Private Member's Bill
Long-term Care Support Act
Cole Harbour–Eastern Passage
First Reading: March 30, 2021
WHEREAS the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of continuing care assistants and the need for more staff to improve both the quality of care of long-term care residents, but also the need to improve the quality of work-life for continuing care assistants;
4 (1) A person who is a student in a continuing care program at the Nova Scotia Community College or another post-secondary educational institution prescribed by the regulations, or who has been accepted to be a student in the next academic year, may apply to the Fund for a bursary.
(2) An application under subsection (1) must include an undertaking to work in the Province as a continuing care assistant for a minimum of two years following completion of the continuing care assistant program.
5 Subject to Section 9, where a student has applied to the Fund, the Minister may provide a bursary for up to 50 per cent of the student’s tuition in the continuing care program, to a maximum of $2,000, and a further amount of up to $500 to cover the costs of textbooks and other expenses.
(2) The working group must include representatives from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Department of Health and Wellness, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Nova Scotia Community College and other post-secondary educational institutions prescribed by the regulations.
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