Nova Scotia to invest $59 million for new medical school at Cape Breton University

SYDNEY, N.S. — Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston says his government will invest $58.9 million to develop a new medical school at Cape Breton University by fall 2025.

The medical school will be the second in the province and is expected to graduate 30 doctors a year, in collaboration with Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine.

The premier said in a statement the best way to make sure rural Nova Scotians have access to health care is by training students who come from rural communities.

He says the new school will focus on training Nova Scotians who are eager to practise medicine in rural parts of the province.

The government says $49 million will go toward a medical sciences building, $6.2 million to a new collaborative-care clinic at the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi campus, in Sydney, N.S., and $3.7 million to expand the university’s health and counselling centre.

The premier made the announcement at the university's student centre, just outside Sydney.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2023.


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