01/19/2016 09:20 EST | Updated 01/19/2017 00:12 EST

Nova Scotia pledges $645 million on projects, including troubled hospital

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it plans to spend $645 million on capital projects in 2016-17.

The money includes $480 million for roads, schools and hospitals and a one-time expenditure of $162.2 million for the Halifax Convention Centre project.

The plan includes $220 million for roads to be spent this year under the five-year highway improvement plan.

The government is setting aside $26.5 million for hospital improvements and equipment purchases.

The money for hospitals includes $1.5 million for planning around the relocation of services from the aging Victoria General hospital site in Halifax.

The Canadian Press