Accessibility Directorate

We are responsible for implementing and administering the new Nova Scotia Accessibility Act and addressing broader issues related to disability.

We are working with persons with disabilities, municipalities, businesses, post-secondary institutions, and community groups to prioritize and develop accessibility standards. The accessibility standards will apply to:

  • goods and services
  • information and communication
  • transportation
  • employment
  • education
  • built environment

Our announcements

Access by Design 2030: Achieving an Accessible Nova Scotia

Access by Design 2030 provides a framework for how the province will achieve our goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030 and identifies priorities for this work. The strategy was developed in consultation with persons with disabilities and their families; organizations that provide services to persons with disabilities; representatives of the non-profit, education, health, municipal and business sectors; and the Accessibility Advisory Board.

Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan

The Province of Nova Scotia has released the Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan (2018–2021)The plan was developed collaboratively by staff across departments, through discussions with employees with disabilities, and with input from the citizens we serve.

What We Heard

Read a summary of our recent consultations on accessibility.

Small business ACCESS-Ability grant program

Small businesses can apply for a cost-shared grant to make accessibility-related improvements for clients, customers, or employees.

Go to the Small Business ACCESS-Ability Grant Program web page for more information.

Contact us


Toll free within NS: 1-800-565-8280


Toll free within NS: 1-877-996-9954