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Grants available to assist small business, health and wellbeing

Online resources to assist new parents just a click away

My first summer as your MLA has been an exciting time for me, as I’ve had the opportunity to meet with so many constituents at festivals, dinners, local meetings or folks who have dropped by the office to chat. Now that fall is here it’s time to head back to the House of Assembly.

My colleagues and I in the Progressive Conservative Caucus are going to introduce a number of pieces of legislation that demonstrate our commitment to creating jobs, improving our environment, providing relief for the family budget and giving Nova Scotians the tools they need to succeed.

Are you involved with a non-profit community organization that works to improve the health and wellbeing of seniors in your community? If you are, you can apply for a grant of up to $10,000 to assist with programs such as physical activity, creativity and the arts and volunteerism. For more information on the Positive Aging Grants, or to print an application form, check out the website, call 1-800-670-0065 or drop by the constituency office at Mastodon Ridge in Stewiacke.

Applications are also being accepted for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program, which helps small businesses with less than 100 employees develop new products or services. As well, the program offers experts from universities and colleges to give advice and support on how to get that product or service closer to the market and become more competitive and profitable. Applications are available at or by calling 1-855-324-4668.

Are you a new parent or expecting a baby? Congratulations! The government has a new online program to provide prenatal education and parenting support for this exciting time in your life. You can register at

This fall the Lieutenant Governor’s house in Halifax is open to the public for a number of events, including historical lectures, concerts and film screenings. All the events are free of charge, but there are a limited number of tickets available so they are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the events and the schedule, or to register, check out the website at

And finally, just a reminder that you should start dialling the area code when making a call in Nova Scotia. Soon the new 782 area code will be added to our current 902 number and that means you’ll have to dial all 10 digits for your call to be connected. However, you will not have to use the area code to call the three-digit government services numbers, which are:

  • 211 for community and social services
  • 511 for road and highway conditions
  • 811 for non-emergency health information
  • 911 for emergency police, fire and ambulance services

The Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley constituency office is located at 87 Main St. West (Mastodon Ridge) in Stewiacke, or you can send mail to us at PO Box 219, Stewiacke, B0N 2J0. Please stop in if you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss; or you can call the office at 902-639-1010 or email us at Also, if you know someone who is celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, please let us know so we can ensure they’re sent a certificate to commemorate the event. Or, if there’s an event happening in your community, please let us know about it.

Progressive Conservative Larry Harrison is the MLA for Colchester Musquodoboit Valley. He lives in Brookfield.


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