HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has announced its largest capital plan since coming to power in 2013, committing $691.3 million for hospitals, schools and highways in 2019-20.
The figure is an $86-million increase over last year’s capital budget.
Aside from road construction, which will take up $300 million, the largest expenditure will go toward health care projects including $156.9 million for the massive redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
No new schools are planned, although $63.1 million will go toward the ongoing construction of several new school projects.
The plan also includes a contingency fund of $48 million and includes money for projects that have not yet been announced.
Finance Minister Karen Casey says the government’s overall fiscal management has allowed it to spend more in priority areas such as health and transportation.
The government says it will table its fourth consecutive balanced budget March 26.