N.S. bans evictions while committing funds to Feed Nova Scotia, income assistance

The Nova Scotia government is making sure tenants impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can’t be evicted, while also committing $1 million to food banks across the province.

The announcements were made a press briefing in Halifax on Thursday, which was held virtually, rather than in person, for the first time since COVID-19 arrived in the province.

Department of Community Services Minister Kelly Regan says the investment in Feed Nova Scotia will allow the non-profit to purchase food and hire additional staff to support their operations.

“In these extraordinary times we need to ensure that community resources like food banks are able to continue their operations and expand their reach,” Regan said.

Regan also committed an additional $2.2 million on its income assistance program, where clients will automatically receive an additional $50 per person per household.

She said the funding will be in the hands of clients as early as Friday. The payment is in addition to basic assistance, Regan said, and will not be considered an overpayment.

“This investment will help approximately 26,000 families and over 40,000 people,” she said.

Premier Stephen McNeil announced no tenant in the province whose income has been impacted by COVID-19 can be evicted by their landlord, adding that support will be coming forward in the coming days.

14 cases now, 1 in hospital

The province announced Thursday that there are two more presumptive, travel-related cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, bringing the provincial total to 14. The province said both cases were confirmed on Wednesday and are located across the province.

“Public health has been in contact with these individuals and is working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them,” the province said. “Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.”

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