NDP reintroduces 16 bills, including legislation on $15 minimum wage, seniors pharmacare, and protecting the environment

October 14, 2016

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia NDP Caucus reintroduced several bills that were removed from the order paper after yesterday’s prorogation ceremony. The bills include legislation introduced last session to protect seniors pharmacare and increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2020. Bills from previous sessions on issues such as environmental racism and workers’ compensation for first responders experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) were also introduced.

“Our caucus has worked hard to put forward legislation to better the lives of people in our province,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill.  “We are reintroducing legislation to remind Stephen McNeil that we will continue to work to improve health care, respect our seniors, and invest in our people.”

This morning, bills on the following issues were reintroduced:

  • Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020;
  • Creating an Environmental Bill of Rights;
  • Protecting Seniors Pharmacare;
  • Ensuring that people can buy food from the grocery store, instead of visiting food banks;
  • Expanding MSI coverage of children’s dental care to age 17;
  • Expanding access to hearing aids;
  • Conducting a pilot project on a Basic Income Guarantee in Nova Scotia;
  • Ensuring municipalities can negotiate development agreements that include affordable housing requirements;
  • Establishing a 15-year minimum for affordable housing clauses in provincial development agreements;
  • Providing automatic coverage for PTSD through Worker’s Compensation;
  • Preventing for-profit blood plasma clinics;
  • Addressing environmental racism;
  • Removing the HST from funerals;
  • Increasing the amount of minimum vacation people are entitled to;
  • Creating a wills registry; and
  • Improving access to information for Community Health Boards


For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca