Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness

The Department of Health and Wellness supports programs and services that protect and promote health, and treat illness for Nova Scotians and their families.

Health care is delivered through District Health Authorities (DHA), the Isaac Walton Killiam (IWK) Hospital and private practice, i.e. family doctors, naturopathic doctors, dentists, chiropractors, etc.

The nine previous district health authorities have come together as the Nova Scotia Health Authority, partnering with the IWK Health Centre to plan and deliver care for Nova Scotians.

This new provincial approach will better co-ordinate health resources and expertise in a way that helps us turn the tide toward better health.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is now the largest employer in the province. More than 23,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and 7,000 volunteers combine to provide care at more than 45 facilities throughout the province.


Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

The Workplace Initiatives Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education works with sector councils and industry associations to foster healthy and innovative workplaces through positive human resource practices in key growth sectors. Activities include youth and employer engagement, workforce and business skills training.

The department of Labour and Advanced Education is responsible for delivering effective and efficient regulatory management for the protection of the health and safety of Nova Scotians.

The department has responsibility for several agencies, boards, and commissions including the Labour Relations Board, the Labour Standards Tribunal, the apprenticeship board and the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Nova Scotia Department Community Services

The Department of Community Services is committed to a sustainable social service system that promotes the independence, self-reliance, and security of the people we serve. This will be achieved through excellence in service delivery, leadership and collaboration with our partners.

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI)

WIPSI is a funding incentive designed to encourage employers to invest in training to:

  • improve productivity
  • increase innovation
  • support the introduction of new technology, machinery and equipment, or work processes
  • provide employees with transferable skills
  • upgrade skills
  • increase inter-provincial and international competitiveness
  • foster workplace diversity

IEHP Atlantic Connection

The Atlantic Connection is a consortium of stakeholders, created in 2005, with a goal of attracting, integrating and retaining Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) to the healthcare systems of Atlantic Canada.

AACHHR (Atlantic Advisory Committee for Health Human Resources Planning)

Proposals for health and health-related programs must be submitted to the Atlantic Advisory Committee on Health Human Resources (AACHHR) prior to submission to the MPHEC.

Health Canada

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.