Energy: We have traditionally relied on energy sources that vary in cost and have a negative environmental impact.
Technology: Parents and students are looking for ways to monitor online content and the amount of time spent in front of screens.
Demographics: As Nova Scotia seniors require an increased level of care, many are forced to live outside their community.
Food Security: Rural Nova Scotia has a diverse agricultural industry, but many people do not have access to an affordable, nutritious diet.
Ocean Levels: As a coastal province, Nova Scotia needs to prepare for the hazards associated with rising ocean levels.
Active Lifestyle: With fewer organized recreational groups and facilities in rural Nova Scotia, there aren’t as many opportunities for an active lifestyle.
Air Quality: Air Quality in Nova Scotia is becoming a concern due to increased pollution from within the Province and around the globe.
Internet Access: Access to the Internet is becoming a necessity for communities that want to attract and retain business and residents.
Immigration: Nova Scotia needs to attract and retain more immigrants to help reverse demographic trends, especially in rural communities.
Youth Unemployment: Young Nova Scotians are graduating and not finding long-term employment in their field of study or in their community.
Tourism: Rural communities struggle to draw attention to possible attractions and services, as they do not have permanent tourist information centers.
Transportation: In rural Nova Scotia transportation is a key link to essential services, employment, and community interaction.
Poverty: For many families in rural Nova Scotia, poverty is a significant barrier to education, health, food security, and housing.