The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) was developed in December of 2012 and is one of 13 Industry Sector Councils funded by the Nova Scotia Government Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE). The Sector Council Program supports organizations in different sectors in the development of human resources in areas such as employee attraction, retention and training. This government program supports small, and medium-sized, nonprofit organizations by providing access to expertise and resources to address the sector’s workforce challenges.
Since 2012, the Community sector has steadily grown in understanding itself as a network. The CSCNS has expanded its mandate from capacity building to becoming a trusted and nonpartisan voice for the Community sector, working to raise awareness of the many contributions rural and urban communities make to the province. In concert, a number of newly government-funded organizations have also been created to provide support to specific community goals.
Now, in 2020, the CSCNS is funded by several government departments, including Labour and Advanced Education, Communities, Culture and Heritage, Departments of Business and Community Services. Government relies on the CSCNS to develop and provide inclusive, sustainable programs and services to assist the portion of the mandate these individual departments have around the Community sector.