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.

Funding: Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities – Deadline July 26, 2017

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). The EAF funds organizations, businesses and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities by supporting the capital costs of renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and communities across Canada.

For more information about the EAF, please go to the Enabling Accessibility in Workplaces and Communities Overview

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 .

The Accessibility Act is available in the following formats:

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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