Accessibility Legislation

Nova Scotia's government is moving forward with its promise to help make Nova Scotia a more accessible and inclusive place to live and work.

Bill 59 (Accessibility Act) passed third reading in the Nova Scotia Legislature on Thursday, April 27, 2017 and received Royal Assent on April 28th.

The Accessibility Act:

The Accessibility Act will be available in ASL/Audio, Braille and other formats shortly.

The legislation is about access and fairness. The recommendations in the Access and Fairness for All Nova Scotians report (33MB) (ASL Video) encourage accessibility as a means of ensuring that all Nova Scotians have the ability to participate fully in their communities.

Bill 59 (Accessibility Act: HTML | PDF) is now law, passing third reading on April 27, 2017 and receiving Royal Assent on April 28th. Bill 59 was introduced in the Legislature and passed Second Reading in November of 2016. It was sent to the Law Amendments Committee for public debate in November, 2016 and again in March, 2017. For a summary of Bill 59's progress through the Legislative process

Substantial revisions were made to Bill with input received. To see the changes that were made to Bill 59 before it became law .

You can read the Accessibility Act in the following formats:

  • HTML
  • PDF
  • We are currently working on developing Braille and ASL/Audio formats of the Act.

Department of Justice is now responsible for accessibility in Nova Scotia

You can read the news release here:

Other Information

Submissions that were made to the Law Amendments Committee on Bill 59.

Transcripts of the Law Amendments Committee hearings on Bill 59 (Accessibility Act) for:

Learn how a bill becomes law.

There are two other provinces in Canada that have already passed Accessibility Legislation; Ontario and Manitoba.


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