Programs and Services

Current Programs and Resources

Many of the programs and projects the Province supports, including those impacting public housing and cooperative and community housing organizations, are jointly funded by the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada through the Canada Community Housing Initiative.

The Secondary and Backyard Suite Incentive Program will provide up to $25,000 in forgivable loans to eligible homeowners who create an affordable secondary or backyard suite in their home or on their property (additional information to come).

This program supports the purchase of existing multi-unit residential properties to preserve affordable housing.
The Canada-Nova Scotia Targeted Housing Benefit assists eligible low-income households to reduce housing need. It provides a direct-to-household benefit to households in core or severe core housing need in targeted vulnerable populations.
Capital contributions to support the construction of new, innovative affordable rental housing
The Land for Housing Initiative supports the creation of new supply of affordable housing by making provincially owned land available for housing development.
The Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP) assists Nova Scotians with modest incomes buy their first home
These programs help with making modifications to homes so they are more accessible.
Financial assistance and grant programs for seniors
Grants and forgivable loans to allow for emergency repairs as well as repairs related to health and safety
Programs to help landlords offer safe and affordable housing for lower income households.
This program supports shelters for women, children and youth who are victims of family violence.