Rebate will keep graduates in N.S., says Zann

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - Lenore Zann is confident the Graduate Retention Rebate for university and community college graduates will ensure more young people build a life in Nova Scotia.
"Nova Scotia's universities and community colleges are already the envy of the country," said Zann, the Truro-Bible Hill NDP candidate, in reference to her party's retention incentive worth a maximum of $15,000 for university graduates and $7,500 for community college grads.
Zann said the addition of 250 new seats distributed to NSCC locations across the province will also help communities retain youth.
"These seats will go a long way in reducing the long waiting lists at Nova Scotia community colleges across the province," she said.
"The new NSCC seats will also close
the gap in skills shortages. It will
increase access to training in trades and professions that are in the highest demand. As a result, these new skills will directly translate into new, secure jobs.
"Essentially, in communities like Truro, students can train at home for the trades they want to practice in their own communities."
The demand for more NSCC seats is felt strongest by Nova Scotia homebuilders and the construction industry, which will need at least 7,000 skilled new workers over the next several years.
"The NDP will kick-start new home construction and keep jobs in Nova Scotia communities by introducing a 50 per cent rebate on the HST on newly-built homes," said Zann. "For families, this will mean up to $7,000 off the price of a new home, and for young trades-people, this will provide a boost to jobs."

Organizations: Truro-Bible Hill NDP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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