Government outreach is key to StudentsNS’ efforts at improving Nova Scotia post-secondary education. We believe that since post-secondary education is a public good, government is responsible for ensuring that it is delivered so as to achieve the public policy outcomes that will improve life in our province. Accessibility, affordability, quality and student voice are always top-of-mind for StudentsNS.
StudentsNS, both staff and board members, meet regularly with representatives from government and the political parties to express student concerns and to keep students informed of what’s happening in spheres of policy and government. Here is a list of some of the different government departments, branches and other programmes we are in touch with:
- Office of the Premier of Nova Scotia
- Nova Scotia Legislature
- Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE)
- Nova Scotia Department of Finance
- Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
- Nova Scotia Department of Community Services
- Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
- Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
- Higher Education Branch – LAE
- Nova Scotia Student Assistance Programme – LAE
- Elections Nova Scotia
- Halifax Regional Municipality
- Cape Breton Regional Municipality
- Town of Antigonish
- Town of Wolfville
Additionally, StudentsNS strives to develop a strong professional presence with individuals in government, meeting when appropriate with the Premier, opposition leaders, ministers and other MLAs, as well as deputy ministers, directors, researchers, programme officers and clerks.
StudentsNS believes that while we will always defend and advance the priorities and decisions of our member students, all meetings with segments of the political and government spheres should be respectful and transparent. To prepare for government outreach, we draw on our research and policy for ideas and our campaigns for political momentum.
Please see our Annual Plan to learn more about our government outreach priorities this year.