Next Steps for Bayers Lake Community Outpatient Centre

Government has issued a request for proposals for the QEII New Generation Project, which will allow the three companies vying to win the contract for the new Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, to develop their bid. The request for proposal for the design, build, financing and maintenance of the new centre had been issued to the three successful bidders announced in May. The bidders include Bird Integrated Health Partners, Community Health Partners and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare. The bidders will now start preparing their proposals for the new Community Outpatient Centre. The deadline for submissions is February 2020. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in spring 2020. A similar request for supplier qualifications for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has been issued and a short list is anticipated later this month. This expansion includes the construction of the new QEII Cancer Centre, outpatient centre, inpatient centre, including hospital beds and operating rooms, and the new innovation and learning centre. The QEII New Generation project is a once in a generation opportunity that will better meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians. Along with the Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake and the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site, the QEII New Generation project also includes the expansion and renovations of Dartmouth General Hospital and new and renovated operating rooms at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor. This work will allow services to be moved out of the aging Centennial and Victoria buildings on the Victoria General site, to prepare for their eventual closure. For updates on the QEII New Generation Project, visit healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/ . read more

Province Universities Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Quick Facts: 2019-2024 MOU: https://novascotia.ca/lae/HigherEducation/documents.asp MOU Fact Sheet: https://novascotia.ca/lae/HigherEducation/documents.asp 2015-2019 MOU: https://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/docs/MOU-2015-2019.pdf Council of University Presidents: https://www.atlanticuniversities.ca/CONSUP Quotes: The MOU negotiation process was long and collaborative. We are pleased that in this new MOU, government is strongly supportive of issues important to both our students and institutions, specifically, the prevention of sexual violence on campus and student health and wellness, particularly mental health. While we did not achieve all our objectives, in the spirit of our partnership with government, we will continue to work collaboratively on future initiatives that contribute to institutional quality, competitiveness and success. Bill Lahey, chair, Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents Government and Nova Scotia universities will continue to work together to provide high-quality, accessible education through a newly signed five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU). Government had extensive discussions while drafting this agreement with universities, other government departments and students. “Our universities provide a high-quality education for thousands of students every year,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis. “This agreement will advance key priorities that support student success and allow these institutions to continue to serve as a crucial pillar in our province’s economy.” The agreement will continue the progress that has been made on preventing sexual violence on university campuses, first outlined in the 2015-19 agreement. Universities have committed to reviewing their stand-alone sexual violence policies every three years. The annual increase to tuition for Nova Scotia students enrolled in undergraduate programs is capped at three per cent per year. The parties agreed to advance new ideas in support of student experience with a focus on proactive and meaningful consultation with students and elected student representatives. The universities have committed to implementing a university-student consultation framework by March 31, 2020. Additional Resources: this is the fifth MOU between the Province of Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia universities. It runs from 2019-20 to 2023-24 the total operating grant to be provided to universities in 2019-20 is $365 million which is an increase of one per cent or $3.6 million from 2018-19 the province is providing additional annual funding over the next five years of $600,000 to support e-mental health and $1.685 million, through the Post-Secondary Innovation Team, to promote innovation the province is also providing annual funding of $470,000 over the five years of this MOU to support sexual violence prevention the Nova Scotia University Student Bursary Program will continue to provide a tuition reduction of at least $1,283 for Nova Scotia students studying in Nova Scotia, based on a full course load read more