1. Accessibility Directorate
  2. Accessibility Act: compliance overview

Accessibility Act: compliance overview

The Accessibility Act is provincial law. Businesses and organizations will need to comply with new regulations under the Accessibility Act.

The Government of Nova Scotia is working with partners throughout the province to create an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.

Accessibility standards

Some businesses and organizations will need to comply with new regulations under the Accessibility Act when they are enacted. Standards are being developed in 6 areas:

  • built environment
  • education
  • employment
  • delivery of goods and services
  • information and communication
  • transportation and transportation infrastructure

Compliance framework

The accessibility compliance framework explains each step of the compliance process.

Accessibility Compliance Framework (PDF 126KB)
Accessibility Compliance Framework – ASL video (YouTube)

Government will provide education and support to organizations required to comply with the Accessibility Act, including targeted outreach about deadlines and requirements, resources, and training.

Requirements for prescribed public sector bodies

The Accessibility Act requires some organizations (called prescribed public sector bodies) to establish an accessibility advisory committee and accessibility plan.

Prescribed public sector bodies will help identify and remove accessibility barriers. Accessibility plans need to be created by the deadline and updated every 3 years.

Deadline Prescribed public sector bodies
1 April 2022
  • municipalities and villages
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • regional public libraries
  • universities
1 April 2023
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
  • Events East
  • Housing Nova Scotia
  • IWK Health Centre
  • Nova Scotia Health
  • Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
  • Nova Scotia Museum
  • Regional Centres for Education