Ask Government Webinar 2

May 17/21
Ask Government Webinar 2



Hosted by Nova Scotia Business Improvement Districts with Representatives from the Government of Nova Scotia

On May 17, 2021, via Zoom, the business improvement districts of Nova Scotia (NSBIDS), invited representatives from the Government of Nova Scotia to speak to businesses and answer questions on government economic relief programs. Here are links to the recorded webinar:




This was an opportunity for members of Nova Scotia’s Business Improvement Districts (NSBIDS) to hear directly from government officials as we ask questions and share concerns regarding business programs and recovery plans. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, downtown and main street businesses were the first and often the hardest hit. In our collective efforts to continue to advocate on behalf of our business districts, we have partnered with our government to respond to concerns of our members through this webinar.


  • Introduction by Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), highlighting concerns from our members.
  • Provincial government representatives will give a brief presentation on the programs that are available and an overview of restriction and guidance.
  • Facilitated Q&A with businesses via pre-submitted emailed questions and via Zoom Q&A function during the webinar.

Provincial Representatives:

  • Honourable Zach Churchill, MLA for Yarmouth, Minister of Health and Wellness, Minister Responsible for Office of Mental Health and Addictions
  • Scott Farmer, Deputy Minister of the Department of Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Bernie Miller, Deputy Minister responsible for the Office of Strategy Management
  • Duff Montgomerie, Deputy Minister of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Downtown Truro Partnership, Kentville Business Community, North End Business Association, Porters Lake Business Improvement District, Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association, Sackville Business Association, Spring Garden Area Business Association, Spryfield Business Commission, Sydney Downtown Development Association, and Village on Main - Community Improvement District.