06/13/2012 10:19 EDT | Updated 08/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia spends $200,000 to provide helmets for 15,000 kids in need

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is spending $200,000 to put helmets on about 15,000 kids in need.

The initiative announced today is a joint effort between injury-prevention organizations, paramedics and police.

The province is one of two that require people of all ages to wear helmets while bicycling.

But Health Minister David Wilson says some children and youths don't have access to helmets.

The helmets will be distributed by paramedics and police officers, who will be responsible for identifying children in need in their respective communities.