These priorities are in line with a the Government of Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services priority on Youth-at-Risk, “Unfortunately, many of Nova Scotia’s youth face social, emotional, economic, family and environmental conditions that make them vulnerable for poor outcomes. In 2015-16, the department will develop a comprehensive framework that will identify ways to support improved outcomes for Youth-at-Risk across all components of its service delivery. Using a social determinants of health lens, which identifies the holistic needs of youth required to meet their full potential, key areas of focus will be housing, health (emotional and physical), income, employment, safety, education, and social connectedness.” Statement on Mandate