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.

Nova Scotia's proposed Accessibility Legislation is going through the steps it takes for a bill to become a law. On November 2, 2016, Bill 59 (Accessibility Act) was introduced in the Legislature. It passed Second Reading on November 3rd, and was sent to the Law Amendments Committee for public debate on November 7th. It remains with the Law Amendments Committee, which is expected to start hearing presentations on the bill again, early in the new year. We will be updating this website on a regular basis as we get information about the Law Amendments Committee's hearing dates.

The legislation is about access and fairness. The recommendations in the Access and Fairness for All Nova Scotians report (29MB) (ASL Video) encourage accessibility as a means of ensuring that all Nova Scotians have the ability to participate fully in their communities.

You can read Bill 59 (Accessibility Act) in the following formats:
Read Accessibility Act in HTML format by going to Bill 59 on the Nova Scotia legislature website.
Download the Accessibility Act in MS Word format.

If you would like to receive a Braille version of the Accessibility Act, please contact Sandra McFadyen by email or by phone at 902-424-0796 or toll-free at: 1-800-565-8280. Please specify if you would like to receive Grade 1 or Grade 2 Braille.

The Department of Justice is now responsible for accessibility in Nova Scotia. The news release gives more details.

Accessibility Act in ASL

American Sign Language interpreters, sighted guides and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at the sessions.

A video talks about the new Accessibility Act and going to Law Amendments Committee

You can read a description of the act here

Law Amendments Committee

Once a bill passes Second Reading, it goes to the Law Amendments Committee. This is where the public can have their say about the Act. This can either be in person when the Committee is meeting or in writing.

The Law Amendments Committee will hear presentations on Bill 59, An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia on Thursday, March 2, from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and on Friday, March 3, from 9-11 a.m. at Province House, 1726 Hollis St., in Halifax.

If you wish to present to the Law Amendments Committee, you need to register to get on the presenters' list. This can be done anytime before the day of the last hearing. To register to speak, you should contact the Office of Legislative Counsel by telephone at 902-424-8941 or by e-mail.

The Law Amendments Committee Bill 59 Transcripts November 7 on the Accessibility Act are available PDF or MS Word .

Present by Video Conference

The Law Amendments Committee will also hear presentations by video conference on Friday, March 3. It will be set up from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Locations to be determined.

Those interested in getting on the list of presenters for the video conference must register by Wednesday, March 1.

To register, contact Sandra McFadyen by email at Sandra.mcfadyen@novascotia.ca, or by phone at 902-424-0796, or toll-free at 1-800-565-8280. Registration is also available by Text Telephone (TTY) at 902-424-2667 or toll-free at 1-877-996-9954.

The NSCC locations are:

  • Bridgewater
    Lunenburg Campus, 75 High St.
    room B109
  • Dartmouth
    Waterfront Campus, 80 Mawiomi Place
    room 4140
  • Halifax
    Institute of Technology Campus, 5685 Leeds St.
    room C141
  • Kentville
    Kingstec Campus, 236 Belcher St.
    room B265
  • Lawrencetown
    Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), 50 Elliott Rd.
    room 151
  • Port Hawkesbury
    Strait Area Campus, 226 Reeves St.
    room 228
  • Shelburne
    Shelburne Campus, 1575 Lake Rd.
    room M9
  • Stellarton
    Pictou Campus, 39 Acadia Ave.
    room B210
  • Sydney
    Marconi Campus, 1240 Grand Lake Rd.
    room C306
  • Truro
    Truro Campus, 36 Arthur St.
    room M215
  • Yarmouth
    Burridge Campus, 372 Pleasant St.
    room A208

 

Written Submissions

You can also send the Committee a written submission. Send your comments by mail to:

Office of Legislative Counsel
CIBC Building
Suite 802
1809 Barrington Street
P.O. Box 1116
Halifax NS B3J 2X1

You can also fax your comments to 902-424-0547, or email

ASL VLOGs can also be emailed .

You can send your comments at any time but they will only be distributed to the Committee prior to the last day that the bill is being debated. Please note that your comments are not private and will be posted on the Law Amendments Committee website so that others can read them.

Other Information

If you would like to see the submissions that have already been made to the Law Amendments Committee on Bill 59.

Learn how a bill becomes law.

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

Contact

Sandra McFadyen
902-424-0796
1-800-565-8280 (Toll-free)
Sandra.McFadyen@novascotia.ca