In 2019, equalization represented 15.5 per cent of provincial revenue in Nova Scotia.
Atlantic Canada Prosperity
The province's net government debt may rise 17 per cent in 2020/21.
While the regulatory change is welcome news, significant reforms are still required to restore investor confidence.
Budget include an additional $185 million in transfers from Ottawa.
Forecasts project a -5.1 per cent decline in the province's GDP.
Government workers in Atlantic Canada received 11.9 per cent more (on average) in wages than their private-sector counterparts.
Nova Scotia’s net debt is projected to eclipse $17 billion this year.
RBC forecasts an $800 million provincial deficit this year, Scotiabank forecasts $970 million.
The province projects a $535 million increase in net debt this year alone.
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