1. Accessibility Directorate
  2. Accessibility Act review

Accessibility Act review

The Accessibility Act requires an independent external review of the act within 4 years of when it came into effect in 2017 and every 5 years after.

In October 2021, government appointed Dr Katie Aubrecht to conduct the first review. Her review focused on identifying any possible changes to the act, the standard development processes and the implementation of Access by Design 2030, the plan to make Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

Dr Aubrecht’s review was completed in April 2023 and released publicly in May 2023. As part of the review process, Dr Aubrecht consulted with persons with disabilities, organizations that serve them and others affected by the legislation.

Government’s response

Government reviewed Dr Aubrecht’s report and accepts the spirit and intention of the recommendations. Government’s response outlines 6 areas that address the main concerns identified in the review. Government is committed to developing accessibility standards to achieve our goal of an accessible province by 2030.

Review report

Learn more: Terms of Reference: Nova Scotia Accessibility Act Review (PDF 112 kb)

Terms of Reference: Nova Scotia Accessibility Act Review – American Sign Language (ASL video)