The province has appointed Rob Wood as CEO of the Housing Development Corporation, soon to be Housing Nova Scotia, the newly formed corporation that will support the province’s first long-term affordable housing strategy. The formation of Housing Nova Scotia was recently announced along with a $500-million investment in programs and services to support the strategy. “We are making a fundamental shift in how the province supports affordable housing, through our new housing strategy,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Rob was instrumental in its development, it makes sense to have him bring along his wealth of public and private-sector experience and to carry this work through at the helm of Housing Nova Scotia.” Mr. Wood has served as deputy minister of Community Services for the past two years. “On behalf of the department and all its clients, I’d like to thank Rob for his service and leadership at Community Services,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “Housing Nova Scotia is being established to implement the province’s housing strategy and Rob’s leadership will help ensure that it does.” Mr. Wood will begin his new position immediately. David Ryan, associate deputy minister of Community Services, will serve as acting deputy minister until a permanent replacement is found.