Department of Seniors and Long-term Care: About us

What we do

The Department of Seniors and Long-term Care supports the social and economic well-being of older adults. We provide leadership and policy coordination across government to help create and provide services for seniors.

We’re also responsible for implementing the SHIFT strategy. The strategy addresses the needs of our aging population and creates inclusive communities so older adults can live healthy lives and age well in their communities.


We're responsible for:

  • leading the implementation and monitoring of SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population
  • engaging stakeholders, creating partnerships and providing funding to help seniors age well in safe, healthy and age-friendly communities
  • conducting research and providing policy advice for our aging population
  • exploring new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population
  • working together with partners and federal, municipal and other provincial governments to share knowledge about aging populations

Who we are

The Department of Seniors and Long-term Care has about 10 staff in Halifax.


Our priorities are:

  • promoting the value of social and economic contributions of older adults
  • promoting healthy, active living among older adults
  • supporting aging in place, which lets older adults stay in their homes and connected to community life