NS institutions facing infrastructure deficit of over $1B

October 28, 2021
Postsecondary institutions in Nova Scotia are facing an infrastructure deficit of over $1B, reports CBC. NS has some of the oldest institutions in Canada, and efforts to balance institutional budgets have resulted in delays to infrastructure improvements and maintenance. Though government documents showed a combined deficit of over $600M, Association of Atlantic Universities executive director Peter Halpin says that the shortfall is around $1.3B with deferred maintenance being the most critical issue. Halpin says that both the size and age of the structures are a factor, explaining that institutions with older structures are struggling to keep up with maintenance and meet the expectations of students. CBC (NS)