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Coastal Protection Act

Nova Scotia has established the Coastal Protection Act to help protect natural ecosystems. The legislation will also set clear rules that will ensure new construction is built in places safer from sea level rise and coastal flooding.

We are now developing the regulations to define exactly how this legislation will work.


Are you concerned about Nova Scotia’s coastlines? We want to hear from you.

The province has drafted proposed rules to govern future construction on Nova Scotia’s coastline.

Nova Scotia’s 13,000 km of coastline has many different coastal ecosystems and faces a number of erosion risks that vary depending on exposure to the ocean’s waves, the shape of the shoreline and what it is made of.

The proposed rules set out the coastal protection zone and what requirements must be met to build within the zone.

We want to hear from Nova Scotians. You can read more here:

Once you’re ready, email us:  coastal@novascotia.ca.

You can also send your feedback by mail at:
Coastal Protection Act Consultation
1903 Barrington St., PO Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8

The consultation period is open until 30 September, 2021.



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