ECONOMIC RENEWAL--OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF INTERNET HOME PAGE ------------------------------------------------------------ The Nova Scotia Government's Internet home page was officially launched today by Economic Renewal Minister Robbie Harrison at the Atlantic Internet Show. Thousands of visitors are expected at the Internet Show today and Saturday, where they'll see how the government is doing business on the World Wide Web. Mr. Harrison said, "The number of government sites is growing every day, as is the amount of information being supplied. Speedy access to information is crucial in today's fast-paced world and now you can do business with the government at your convenience." The Economic Renewal Agency is one of those departments now providing a new kind of service to Nova Scotians via the Internet. "By visiting ERA's home page, you can discover how to start a business, fill out an application form for assistance, or plan your next vacation," Mr. Harrison said. There are also links to related sites, such as public libraries, communities or federal government sites. "Nova Scotians are reported to be the highest per capita users of the Internet in North America," said the minister. "That interest is rapidly turning into expertise, as local companies are developing highly competitive products for use on the Internet. That means jobs for Nova Scotians in the information technology sector, and exports for Nova Scotian companies." Legislation can now be found on the government web site, as well as policy documents, information on public tenders, tourist attractions, and other information. The Nova Scotia government is on the Internet at: http://www.novascotia.ca -30- Contact: Linda Laffin 902-424-6810 e-mail: LLaffin@gov.ns.ca on the web: http://www.novascotia.ca./ecor http://explore.gov.ns.ca/virtualns trp Jan. 19, 1996 - 12:01 p.m.