Smaller urban areas in Nova Scotia offer many attractive features and opportunities to grow their economies. “Town-sizing” is a growing trend where urbanized families are looking for a better quality of life, a place to raise kids in a safe environment, where transportation issues are minimized and where the cost of housing is more affordable. The majority of towns in Nova Scotia offer exactly the kind of environment that these families are seeking.
In this commentary, AIMS board member Don Mills examines how a strategy must be proposed to attract individuals to the towns in Nova Scotia. He discusses the lack of leadership needed to build such a strategy and questions whether or not mayors of our towns are willing to collaborate to attract more people and jobs to their communities.