Among the initiatives are the construction and improvement of several parish offices, including a new office in Hanover, which will be opened on February 28; and construction of a parish office in St. Ann, which should be completed in the first quarter of 2019/2020. Story Highlights “We are aware that as a service Ministry, we need to ensure that our clients are at the heart of what we do. Many of the initiatives being pursued will bear fruit in the 2019/2020 financial year,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said at the quarterly press briefing, held on January 30 at the Ministry in Kingston. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at improving its services.“We are aware that as a service Ministry, we need to ensure that our clients are at the heart of what we do. Many of the initiatives being pursued will bear fruit in the 2019/2020 financial year,” Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said at the quarterly press briefing, held on January 30 at the Ministry in Kingston.Among the initiatives are the construction and improvement of several parish offices, including a new office in Hanover, which will be opened on February 28; and construction of a parish office in St. Ann, which should be completed in the first quarter of 2019/2020.Mrs. Robinson said the St. James office is to be completely renovated, and that drawings for the renovation of the Ministry’s Ripon Road offices in Kingston are being finalised and will be put to tender by June.She also noted that the Ministry’s wide-area network (WAN) will be upgraded, using fibre-optic cable.“This might seem like a simple thing, but this upgrade will enable us to move more of our services online, expand the digitisation of files in parishes and reduce the use of paper. The removal of paper files will enable us to become more efficient as a Ministry,” she said.Mrs. Robinson noted that digitisation of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) files commenced in June 2018, and, to date, more than 50,000 files have been digitised. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at improving its services.
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The National Housing Trust (NHT) is to undertake infrastructure upgrading at 49 housing schemes across the island at a cost of more than $2.5 billion. He said that work will start on 16 schemes in seven parishes, at a cost of approximately $813 million, before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31. Story Highlights This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19). The National Housing Trust (NHT) is to undertake infrastructure upgrading at 49 housing schemes across the island at a cost of more than $2.5 billion.This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19).He said that work will start on 16 schemes in seven parishes, at a cost of approximately $813 million, before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31.The agency will embark on an additional 33 projects at a cost of $1.7 billion, beginning in 2019/20.The projects to start this fiscal year are Lower Works ($28 million) and Jerusalem ($23 million), St. Elizabeth; Culloden ($60 million) and Bethel Town ($50 million), Westmoreland; Farm Heights ($40 million) and Pitfour ($60 million), St. James; Seville Housing Scheme ($60 million), St. Ann; Bariffe Hall ($46 million) and Gayle ($47 million), St. Mary; Woodstock ($60 million) and Anchovy ($39 million), Portland; and Avalon Court Phase II, Grants Pen, Cooreville (Apartments), Duhaney Park (Hemingway and Sherlock Crescent), and Brook Valley Housing Scheme in Kingston and St. Andrew, where $60 million each will be spent.Those slated to commence in 2019/20 are Orange River, St. Mary, where $15 million will be spent; Bushy Park and Ashley Hall, Clarendon, where $60 million each will be expended; Cedar Grove ($26 million) and Chudleigh ($60 million), Manchester; Moneague Housing Scheme ($49 million) and Mount Edgecombe ($17 million), St. Ann; Orchard, Westmoreland – $18 million; Esher Housing Scheme, St. Elizabeth – $60 million; Hague ($60 million) and Vanziland ($44 million), Trelawny; and Yallahs Housing Scheme and Red Hills Pen, St. Thomas – $60 million each.Thirteen developments in St. Catherine are earmarked for upgrading at a cost of $60 million each.They are Southboro, Riverside Park, Cumberland, Portsmouth, New Works, Cromarty Grove, Hellshire Park, Westchester, Hamilton Gardens, Ebony Vale, Charliemont, Lime Tree Grove, and Church Pen.Work will also commence on five schemes in Kingston and St. Andrew.They are Mountain View, $30 million; and Delacree Park Housing Scheme, Beverly Gardens, Brown’s Town/Victoria Avenue, and Grants Pen, where $60 million will be spent in each case.Mr. Holness noted that the upgrading project, which commenced in 2017 and targeted selected housing schemes, including those built by the Ministry of Housing prior to 1986, is focused on five priority areas.These are disaster mitigation works, inclusive of river training, sewerage, water, roadways and curbs, among other infrastructure.The Prime Minister advised that the NHT has partnered with other Government agencies, including the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and Municipal Corporations, National Works Agency, and National Water Commission, “to make these projects a reality”.“This Administration is committed to ensuring that Jamaicans live in decent communities, and encourages persons to take greater responsibility for their environment,” Mr. Holness emphasised.
She mentioned the Joint Commission on Science and Technology and agreements under consideration, including on air services “which is set to foster greater people-to-people movement and functional cooperation between our two countries.” Mr. Riley cited other agreements that “support the eradication of poverty and address the inequality that characterise most modern societies, issues which disproportionately confront women and children and other vulnerable groups.” Mr. Riley cited other agreements that “support the eradication of poverty and address the inequality that characterise most modern societies, issues which disproportionately confront women and children and other vulnerable groups”. Story Highlights The Government of Jamaica has pledged to continue to work with the Republic of South Africa in strengthening bilateral partnerships for the benefit of the people of both countries.This commitment came from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, while addressing a reception to celebrate the 24th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day, held on Thursday (May 10) at the Terra Nova Hotel, St. Andrew.Freedom Day marks the liberation of South Africa and its people from a period of colonialism and apartheid, which officially existed from 1948 to 1994.Minister Johnson Smith said there has been a significant increase in the level of cooperation between the countries.She mentioned the Joint Commission on Science and Technology and agreements under consideration, including on air services “which is set to foster greater people-to-people movement and functional cooperation between our two countries”.“These objectives will form a major part of the mandate of our new High Commissioner-designate to South Africa, Angella Comfort, who will take up her duties in short order in Pretoria,” she added.Charge d’Affaires at the South African High Commission, Phillip Riley, said the engagement between the countries is bringing tangible results.He noted, for example, that the bilateral cooperation on science, technology and innovation has resulted in the commencement of joint research, effective March this year.He said that the partnership is aimed at contributing towards scientific advancement in both countries through the joint funding of research activities in specified fields. The Government of Jamaica has pledged to continue to work with the Republic of South Africa in strengthening bilateral partnerships for the benefit of the people of both countries.
Addressing the opening of a new Paediatric Cardiac Centre at the Hospital on Monday (April 15), Dr. Tufton said the new Cardiac Ward will consist of 20 beds to support the pre- and post-care of children’s cardiac operations at the hospital. Story Highlights He also noted that the Government will partner with other stakeholders for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has announced that a new Cardiac Ward will be constructed and equipped on the grounds of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, at a cost of between $90 million and $100 million.Addressing the opening of a new Paediatric Cardiac Centre at the Hospital on Monday (April 15), Dr. Tufton said the new Cardiac Ward will consist of 20 beds to support the pre- and post-care of children’s cardiac operations at the hospital.He also noted that the Government will partner with other stakeholders for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility.“In the spirit of demonstrating the Government’s commitment to this cause, I’ve asked both the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to contribute a total collectively of $20 million to that effort,” Dr. Tufton said.“I’m committing that we will deliver this building within a year after approvals are given, which normally takes three to four months,” he added.The cardiac ward will offer support to the new Paediatric Cardiac Centre, as patients will be transferred there for recovery after surgeries.The Paediatric Cardiac Centre currently offers treatment and surgeries for children living with congenital heart defects. It is the only one of its kind in Jamaica, and is complete with a 10- bed intensive care unit and a state-of-the-art biplane catheterisation lab. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has announced that a new Cardiac Ward will be constructed and equipped on the grounds of the Bustamante Hospital for Children, at a cost of between $90 million and $100 million.
zoom Cotemar group has confirmed that Safe Lancia has been awarded a contract extension through to 15 December 2013 with unchanged day rates in Mexico.Prosafe is the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. Operating profit reached USD 222.4 million in 2012 and net profit was USD 177.5 million. The company operates globally, employs 570 people and is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus.Cotemar, October 15, 2013
Print Close CSL, December 1, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location zoom Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) launched the fifth and sixth Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs), the ACHOOK and AGRIM, being built for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on 29th November 2013.The vessels are the fifth and sixth in the series of 20 numbers FPVs contracted by CSL for the ICG. The contract was signed in 2010 with the delivery of the last vessel in 2017.The first two vessels in the series have already been delivered to the Indian Coast Guard. The vessels are being built under the dual classification requirements of ABS and IRS.These 50 metre x 7.6 metre x 4.65 metre vessels have a design speed of 33 knots. The primary role of the vessel include fisheries protection and monitoring, patrol within exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and coastal patrol, anti smuggling, search and rescue operations and for anti piracy operations.Also, the vessels have a secondary role of providing communication link & escort convoys during hostilities and war time.
zoom In order to streamline its decision making process and speed up administrative procedures, ClassNK has consolidated its Board of Directors from eight to five members, effective 10 March 2014. Following the consolidation, Noboru Ueda will continue to serve as Chairman and President as well as a Representative Director of the Society.Current Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura will continue in his present role, but has additionally been named a Representative Director of the Society. They will be joined by Koichi Fujiwara, who will continue in his current role as Executive Vice President, as well as Tetsushi Agata and Tetsuya Kinoshita, who have both been promoted from Managing Director to Executive Vice President. Previous Executive Vice Presidents Toshitomo Matsui, Shosuke Kakubari and Dr. Takuya Yoneya have been appointed as Advisors to the organisation.Coinciding with the changes in Board of Directors, ClassNK has also appointed two new Operating Officers. They are Toshio Kurashiki, newly appointed Regional Manager of South Asia and Oceania, and Dr. M. Abdul Rahim, Regional Manager of Europe and Africa. Dr. Rahim is the first non-Japanese member of the Society to be appointed an Operating Officer. These appointments will be effective 1 April 2014.During the press conference, ClassNK also announced the expansion of its Survey Department into a new Survey Operations Headquarters effective 1 April 2014. As part of this expansion, ClassNK will place two new General Manager positions in Europe and North America respectively to oversee survey operations in those regions.These new positions will be given final decision making authority related to survey operations throughout Europe and North America, marking the first time ClassNK has placed such authority outside of its Head Office in Japan. Current Deputy General Manager of the Survey Department resident in Hamburg, Akizumi Miura, will take up the position of General Manager of the Survey Operations Headquarters (Europe) and will remain resident in Hamburg. Seiichi Gyobu, current General Manager of the ClassNK Hull Rules Development Department, will take up the new role of General Manager of the Survey Operations Headquarters (North America), resident in New York.Speaking on the occasion, Chairman and President Noboru Ueda said: “The changes we announced today reflect the continued growth and success of our activities around the world, and represent the next step in ClassNK’s evolution to becoming a more global organization. In particular, the creation of these new positions in Europe and North America will allow us to better respond to the needs of our rapidly growing number of clients in both regions.”In addition, ClassNK will also establish a new Certification Operations Headquarters at its Head Office in Tokyo in order to coordinate its certification activities and promote the development of new certification systems to meet the changing needs of industry.ClassNK, March 12, 2014
My location zoom Ultrabulk has confirmed the order of four newbuildings with an option for fifth, placed during the second half of 2013 with Japanese shipyards.The contract provides for two, optionally three Handysize 38,000 dwt units, one 61,000 dwt Supramax due for delivery in 2015 and one 82,000 dwt unit slated for delivery in 2016.One handysize vessel, built in 2000, was sold to an associated company.Henrik Sleimann Petersen, Executive Vice President and head of Ship Holding commented: “Our fleet renewal program continues to play a vital role in our long term growth strategy. Through an expanding long term operational fleet, where the fleet mix also diversifies, Ultrabulk is controlling a solid and healthy combination of long term chartered and owned tonnage”. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close Ultrabulk, March 19, 2014
zoom C. Steinweg Oman, operator of the multipurpose cargo terminal at SOHAR Port and Freezone, has received today a 100Mton lifting capacity Gottwald HMK 6407 crane. With the new arrival, delivered by SAL Heavy Lift, the terminal operator now boasts three mobile harbour cranes.The maximum single crane lifting capacity has increased from 80 Mtons to 100 Mtons.“The crane is a significant investment, and one which will support growth at SOHAR, as the number of ships and the volume of cargo handled at its terminal continues to grow. Demand for project and break bulk is expected to increase in line with investment in major road and rail projects in Oman, and the additional capacity will be significant going forward,” said SOHAR Executive Commercial Manager, Edwin Lammers.The USD 250 billion Gulf Railway and USD 2.5 billion Batinah Expressway are some of the projects requiring millions of tonnes of construction materials, imported as fully-assembled project cargo, or raw materials that will feed iron and steel production at SOHAR.The crane will be operational almost immediately following its arrival and installation.
zoom The government of South Korea has formed an official body which will choose a salvage company to raise the Sewol ferry that sank off the Jindo Island in April 2014 killing 300 people, 250 of whom were high school students on a school trip.The body will comprise of 16 members from the country’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Ministry of Public Safety and Security, Navy, as well as from Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, Korea Public Procurement Service, and Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation.The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that the salvage company, once chosen, will use crane vessels and a floating dock to raise the ferry which sank in 44 meters of water.The ministry expects that once the salvage company is chosen, it will need around three months for preparatory works, suggesting that the salvage operation could start by September at the earliest.The ministry said the salvage could last for about one year and cost around USD 139 million.South Korea launched the Sewol ferry salvage campaign following a series of protests across the country, culminating last month when protesters and family members of victims prevented the government officials from attending a memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Greek ship owner and operator Byzantine Maritime Corp. has decided to enter the tanker market as it placed an order for an LR2 tanker at South Korean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding, according to data provided by VesselsValue.Featuring 114,900 dwt, the ECO tanker is scheduled to join its owner in 2017.Byzantine Maritime, which ordered the vessel for a price of USD 45 million, has an option for a second LR2 tanker at the same yard.If exercised, the second ship would be added to the company’s fleet in 2018.The shipowner operates a fleet of 11 Supramax bulk carriers, each of which feature around 56,000 dwt.Built between 2008 and 2014, the company’s bulkers have a total market value of some USD 145.2 million, according to VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Based on the delivery schedule of the current orderbook, deliveries of new tankers in 2017 will reach the highest level since 2009, however, Poten & Partners argues that the orderbook may not be as scary as it looks.While, it is difficult to see how the market can absorb such a large orderbook without further pressure on tanker rates and prices, there may be some mitigating factors to consider.The Suezmaxes stand out on the crude tanker side, and if all Suezmaxes that are scheduled for delivery this year leave the shipyards on time, a total of 10.1 million dwt would be added to the fleet, well above the 2009 record of 7.1 million dwt, and two and a half times total 2016 deliveries.The recent high-water mark for VLCCs was 2011, when 65 new units of 20.1 million dwt hit the water. This year, the yards are scheduled to deliver 15.9 million dwt, while Aframax and LR2 deliveries in this year would reach 9.4 million dwt in total. Deliveries for the Panamax/LR1 segment are expected to stand at 2.4 million dwt in 2017.In the smaller product carrier segments, the orderbook for delivery in 2017 is more moderate, compared to earlier years.A total of 77 MRs are scheduled to join the fleet in 2017, while the Handysize vessels seems to have fallen out of favor as only 18 are expected to be delivered during the year.However, the main mitigating factor when considering the above fleet statistics is that there can be significant discrepancies between scheduled and actual deliveries, especially in periods with a challenging rate environment.“Delivery delays and order cancellations picked up considerably after the tanker market dropped in 2009,” Poten & Partners said, adding that VLCCs have the highest average delivery ratio of 80%, ranging from a high of 100% in 2006/2008 to a low of 53% in 2013.Product carrier orderbook statistics appear less reliable and these tankers a low average delivery ratio of around 50%. Even during the strong freight markets of 2005-2008, only 65% of the vessels that were reportedly on order were delivered.“Based on the historical variability of vessel deliveries and its apparent correlation with the freight market, 25-40% of the crude oil tanker orderbook and up to 50% of the product carriers scheduled for 2017 might not be delivered this year. The orderbook remains high, but the outlook for tanker supply in 2017 is better than a cursory look suggests,” Poten & Partners informed.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Germany’s Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) has completed the sale of a EUR 2.6 billion shipping loan portfolio.An affiliate of global alternative investment manager Cerberus Capital Management took over the portfolio, which comprises of a total of 263 ships with a non-performing loan (NPL) portion of some 90%.The so-called “Big Ben” transaction was closed on April 9, in accordance with the signing of the purchase agreement in February 2019. The parties agreed to maintain confidentiality about the terms of the transaction.Upon completion of the sale, the bank’s NPL portfolio, which amounted to EUR 7.5 billion at the end of 2018, was reduced to around EUR 4.9 billion.The portfolio, that groups together the legacy problem assets from ship financing, should be almost completely run off by the end of 2019, Thomas Bürkle, Chairman of Nord/LB, earlier said.
zoomSource: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korea plans to spend another KRW 70 billion (USD 60.1 million) to support local shipbuilders’ recovery efforts, the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said.The financial support would be aimed at helping local shipyards in attracting orders for environmentally friendly vessels, such as LNG-fuelled ships, as they struggle to recover from an industry wide slump.The latest development is a follow-up to a major funding, revealed in November 2018, for the South Korean shipbuilding industry.At the time, South Korea said that it would create KRW 1.7 trillion (USD 1.46 billion) fund to support shipbuilders.Additionally, the country would invest KRW 2.8 trillion (USD 2.4 billion) in infrastructure, a move which could see a total of 140 LNG-fuelled vessels ordered at the yards by 2025.World Maritime News Staff
During this year’s March break, visitors are invited to take AnAsian Adventure at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Themuseum has created an oriental bio-region, complete with wildlifeand diverse habitats. This experience is possible with the help of the Magnetic HillZoo in Moncton. Visitors can go eye-to-eye with such Asiananimals as live white-handed gibbons, red golden pheasants,sulphur-crested cockatoos, reeves muntjac, a Chinese watermonitor lizard, and Burmese pythons. Throughout the week, visitors can enjoy special Asian culturalperformances and musical shows by the Wilderbeats, a popularchildren’s entertainment group. Also on display will be babyanimals courtesy of 4H clubs in Hants County, and live chickshatching in the Ag Zone — a display on Agriculture Awareness bythe Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Nova ScotiaHerpetoculture Society will display live native and exoticreptiles, snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and more. “An Asian Adventure is an event that the whole family can enjoy,”said interpretation manager Alex Wilson. “In fact, the Marchbreak experience at the museum is the hottest show in town forkids on their spring break. It has proven to be the destinationof choice for many metro residents and those visiting the city.” “The Asian-Pacific region will be represented by exiting andseldom seen specimens from the museum collection,” said museumdirector Calum Ewing. “Visitors will see exotic shells,gemstones, a flying fox (bat) skeleton and a Mongolian hadrosaurdinosaur egg that is said to be 65 to 100 million years old.” Visitors are invited to bring their cameras and take photos withfull-sized cut-outs of an Asian elephant or a giant panda. Thisyear’s Asian theme presents a multi-faceted program that toucheson global issues like the conservation, biodiversity andfascinating eco-regions of other parts of the world. “The museum enjoys presenting a fun-filled theme week that isengaging and an entertaining event for all ages,” said Mr.Wilson. “For most of the year we present messages about thenatural history of Nova Scotia. March break allows us to explorethe world beyond our province.” An Asian Adventure runs from Saturday, March 13 to Sunday, March21 at the museum, located at 1747 Summer St. Special admissionprices will be in effect: $5 per person; $14 per family (1 adultand children); $19 per family (2 adults and children); childrenunder the age of two are admitted free. Preview day for An Asian Adventure is Friday, March 12, andregular admission applies.
The independent board of inquiry considering the human rights complaint of Lindsay Jane Willow will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 12:30 p.m., in the Nantucket Room of the Dartmouth Sportsplex. The hearing will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. The board is considering whether Ms. Willow was discriminated against because of sexual orientation by Halifax Regional School Board and two teachers at Halifax West High School. -30-
Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to see rugged beauty, rare or unusual plant life, and protected coastal barrens during a tour of the Duncans Cove Nature Reserve on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Department of Environment and Labour is offering the free guided tour of Duncans Cove for anyone interested in learning about the reserve. Two tours are scheduled for the day, the first will depart at 10 a.m., and second at 2:30 p.m. “This is the sixth nature reserve and wilderness tour in Nova Scotia this year,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “Support for the tours has been tremendous and we are pleased to continue offering them throughout the fall and winter months.” Overlooking outer Halifax Harbour, the Duncans Cove tour will allow participants to explore footpaths above the shore and across high granite ridges. The rugged coastal barrens of Duncans Cove are home to many species that are adapted to wind, fog and thin soils. For more information and a map showing the guided tour location, contact Oliver Maass at 902-424-2123, or see the Department of Environment and Labour website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla .
The flags above the legislature are at half mast starting today, Sept. 5, out of respect for Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish of Truro who died Sunday in Afghanistan. “Our sympathies go out to Warrant Officer Mellish’s mother and father, his wife and sons, and the rest of his family and friends,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. Warrant Officer Mellish and three other Canadian soldiers died fighting insurgent forces as the Canadians advanced on Taliban positions. The premier also extends sympathies and thoughts for Warrant Officer Mellish’s comrades — the men and women of the Canadian Forces carrying out their duty as part of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
Enrolment at Maritime universities is up more than 13 per cent from 10 years ago and credentials granted has risen more than 22 per cent during the same period, according to statistics released today, May 3. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission released 2005-06 statistics on enrolments and credentials granted for all public Maritime universities. Fifty statistical tables and three databases are available for download from the commission’s website, www.mphec.ca. There is also an interactive graph that allows users to select different variables to see trends. Statistical highlights include: — Total enrolments: Nova Scotia 43,721; New Brunswick 24,733; Prince Edward Island 3,878; and Maritimes 72,332. Enrolment in the region has declined 1.1 per cent over the previous year, but has increased 13.1 per cent when compared with 1996-97. — About 88 per cent of total enrolment in the region is undergraduates; graduate students are at 11 per cent. — International students make up 9.2 per cent of enrolment. This proportion has increased about six percentage points since 1996-97. — In 2006, Maritime universities granted 15,380 degrees, certificates and diplomas. This is up 1.7 per cent from 2004-05 and a 22.6 per cent increase from 1996-97. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. The 20 members are drawn from the Maritime provinces and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments to enhance the post-secondary learning environment. The commission collects and maintains data about student enrolment and credentials and conducts research on the Maritime postsecondary sector. Reports and research articles are available on the website www.mphec.ca free of charge.
Nova Scotia university students are the only ones in Canada paying less for tuition this year, as the province honours its commitment to lower tuition to the national average. The average undergraduate tuition at Nova Scotia universities dropped 2.9 per cent this year. It is the only province to register a decline in tuition, according to a Statistics Canada report released today, Oct. 9. The national average increased 3.6 per cent. StatsCan puts Nova Scotia’s average undergraduate tuition this year at $5,932, a decrease of $178 from the previous year. The Canadian average is $4,724. The gap between Nova Scotia’s average undergraduate tuition and the Canadian average has dropped to $1,208 from $1,552 in 2007-08. StatsCan’s figure is an enrolment-weighted average of the tuition costs for all programs. The average tuition paid this year by a Nova Scotia student earning an arts degree is $5,125, down from $5,386 last year. Nova Scotia’s average graduate tuition is $7,242, a 1.6 per cent decline from last year. The Canadian average rose 3.3 per cent to $5,777. “While other provinces are raising or freezing tuition, Nova Scotia students are seeing a tuition reduction, and our students will continue to pay less tuition each year until we are at the national average,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We are continuing to make a university education more affordable for more Nova Scotians, not just with tuition reductions but with a host of assistance programs to help students get a post-secondary education.” “It is encouraging to see that we are the only province that has reduced tuition over the last year. However, tuition for Nova Scotia students are still high and we will continue with our commitment to bring those costs to the national average by 2010-11.” Earlier this year, Ms. Casey and the province’s 11 university presidents signed a three-year funding agreement that froze tuition fees for all students and will increase operating funding by $30 million in each year of the agreement. Ms. Casey also announced a bursary for Nova Scotia students. Canadian students from outside Nova Scotia and international students are benefitting from the tuition freeze. More than 42,000 students attend Nova Scotia’s universities.