The Nova Scotia Government says it is investing $8 million in modular housing projects to provide affordable transitional housing for healthcare workers in communities where housing options are limited.
Recently, 65 continuing care assistants have received conditional job offers to come to Nova Scotia from Kenya. A total of 107 family doctors and specialists started working in Nova Scotia between April and November 2022.
There are almost 130,000 Nova Scotians on the waitlist for a family doctor in the province.
“We need healthcare workers, and we know some communities are having challenges recruiting and retaining them due to limited housing options,” said John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The modular housing model has been successful in other jurisdictions. This investment will help support our healthcare workers with transitional housing until more permanent solutions are available.”
The Housing Trust of Nova Scotia is partnering with the health partners, municipalities and other stakeholders to place temporary mobile modular homes in areas of acute demand.
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