Advocacy

Advocacy is a pillar of Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s core activities. Keep an eye on this space for current campaigns and ways to get involved.

Save SUGAR Health!

Sexual Health Nova Scotia’s SUGAR Health, funded by Health Canada’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Fund, provides a registry of vital sexual, gender, and reproductive health resources (SGRH) along with navigation services in Nova Scotia. Despite initial support at half a million dollars, funding wasn’t extended, impacting access to crucial services like STI testing and gender-affirming care. Though we have bridge funding to operate the registry and warmline at a reduced capacity for one year, with collaborative support from the province, SUGAR Health could continue to champion comprehensive SGRH services, improve overall well-being and healthcare access for Nova Scotians, and reduce the strain on community organizations and practitioners.

Read our Open Letter to Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health here.

Take Action

Sign our Change.org petition here!

Send letters of support to projectmanager@shns.ca.

Access Now Nova Scotia: Making Contraceptions Free For Nova Scotians

The goal of the campaign is no cost prescription contraception for Nova Scotians.

Access to contraception is recognized as a basic human right but unfortunately, many Nova Scotians can’t access this right due to financial barriers; this becomes an equity issue as the cost of birth control falls disproportionately on women and people with uteruses.

Programs that offer free birth control have been shown to be revenue positive; the cost of providing free birth control is considerably lower than the costs associated with unintended pregnancy; for every $1 spent on contraceptive support, there can be as much as $90 in public expenditures on social supports; the BC Government predicts to save as much as $95 million annually.

Our current patchwork system of birth control coverage is not comprehensive and not sustainable; current pharmacare deductibles are cost prohibitive; many Nova Scotians have inadequate or no coverage.

Best medical practice indicates that providing contraceptive choice without barriers is fundamental to the overall health and wellbeing of patients; unintended pregnancies can have significant negative impacts on the physical, emotional, and socioeconomic lives of patients, their families, and their communities.

Take Action

Contact or join the coalition at accessnow.novascotia@gmail.com

Help us waive the name change fees for Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people in Nova Scotia!

It costs approximately $275 dollars to legally change your name in Nova Scotia, with a name change fee of $167.50 and a fingerprint fee of $78.20. The high price creates a barrier to this essential service and aspect of gender affirming care for many Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people in Nova Scotia.

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT: May 17th) and throughout the month of May, we are calling on the Department of Service Nova Scotia to waive the name change fee and fingerprinting fee for Trans, Two-Spirit, Non-Binary and Intersex people to make this essential service and aspect of gender affirming care accessible. 

Take Action

📨 Sign our letter to Minister of Service Nova Scotia Colton LeBlanc as an individual or organization here.

📝 Sign our pen-and-paper petition at the following locations: Venus Envy Halifax (1727 Barrington Street) during open hours or AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia (5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 200) during open hours.

Please note, the only way to sign the petition is in-person due to requirements made by the Nova Scotia Legislature.

If you have any questions about the letter or petition, or would like to be sent a petition to print-out to gather signatures in your community, please email education@youthproject.ns.ca.

nova scotia needs midwives

The “Nova Scotia Needs Midwives” campaign aims to address the growing demand and need for midwifery care in the province. The campaign advocates for increased access to midwifery services, emphasizing the positive impact on health outcomes, cost savings, and resultant improvements in health system efficiency. Investment in midwifery aligns with government priorities to bring care closer to home and has the potential to significantly improve sexual and reproductive health care in the province.

Take Action

📨 Sign and share your letter here to urge the government to invest in midwifery NOW!

ACCESS NOW NOVA SCOTIA: MAKE CONTRACEPTION FREE FOR NOVA SCOTIANS!

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