Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Action Plan Update 2012
Domestic Violence Action Plan
On Nov. 20, 2012, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced the Transgendered Persons Protection Act. This Act makes it clear that Nova Scotians cannot be denied a job, a place to live or service at a business because they are transgender. Nova Scotia is the fourth jurisdiction in Canada to include a specific reference to gender identity in its human rights legislation.
The new Security and Investigative Services Act received Royal Assent in May 2010, but it is, as yet, not proclaimed and no date for proclamation has been approved.
The Department of Justice, Security Programs, licenses and regulates the private security and private investigative industry in accordance with the Private Investigators and Private Guards Act. The private security industry is regulated to ensure the interests of the public are adequately served and protected.
The Department of Justice, Security Programs, appoints and regulates provincial civil constables (process servers) in accordance with the Police Services Act and special constables and by-law enforcement officers in accordance with the Police Act. Select an item from the following list for more information:
These forms are now in "fillable" PDF formats. You can complete the forms online by typing directly into the document, then print (on your local printer) and submit as indicated.
For a list of currently licensed private guard, armed guard and private investigation businesses in the Province of Nova Scotia, please click here (PDF).
To confirm whether an individual holds a valid provincial civil constable appointment in Nova Scotia, please contact the Private Security Office.
In February 2007, the Department of Justice distributed a Discussion Paper to security stakeholders, organizations and the public on how private security in Nova Scotia could be regulated to better reflect the expansion of the industry and the growing need for strengthened accountability measures to enhance the safety and security of the citizens of Nova Scotia. Some of the issues addressed were:
Click here to view a copy of the Discussion Paper
View the results to our discussion paper questionnaire
The Department of Justice, Security Programs, investigates complaints regarding the security industry and provincial civil constables. If you have a complaint, please contact the Security Programs Compliance Officer at 424-0859, or toll free 1-888-760-5577(anywhere in Canada). Please note, all official complaints must be submitted in writing.
For questions or inquiries regarding applications, the application process, or the status of an application or license, please contact this office by mail, phone (424-2905), or toll free 1-888-760-5577 (anywhere in Canada), or email.
For additional information on private security licencing requirements and provincial civil constables visit the Nova Scotia Permits Directory.
Security Programs Office
5151 Terminal Road, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 424-2905
Toll Free: 1-888-760-5577
Fax: (902) 424-4308