Launched in 2021, the Road to Economic Prosperity Plan (REPP) is a five-year economic development strategy developed and owned by the African Nova Scotian community to address historic and systemic issues and improve economic and quality of life outcomes for African Nova Scotians.
The Plan is the result of two years of community consultation. It builds on generations of community economic development work, honouring and representing the diverse lived experiences and historic and current circumstances in each of the African Nova Scotian communities within the municipality.
The African Nova Scotian Road To Economic Prosperity Plan was officially launched in January 2021 at the Halifax Convention Centre with community members, business leaders, and partners attending virtually and in person.
Through the consultation process, a number of themes emerged that informed the Plan's strategic priorities, objectives, and actions.
Build Unity and Capacity Among African Nova Scotians
Establish Land Ownership, Develop Infrastructure, and Attract Investment
Increase Participation in Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship
The Plan is being led by the Road to Economic Prosperity Advisory Council (REPAC) in partnership with the Halifax Regional Municipality and Halifax Partnership and with support from private and public sector sponsors. Since launching the Plan, we have established working groups, as well as an Elder Council and a Youth Council, which are responsible for advancing the three priorities and 30 actions within the plan.
Members and partners are committed to engaging the community and providing space and opportunities for African Nova Scotians to learn from one another and collaborate on economic initiatives.
The advisory councils and working groups have made progress on a number of actions in the plan. We are pleased to share our work from the first year of implementation.