Health Authorities

Health Authorities

Nova Scotia Health Authority


On April 1, 2015, Nova Scotia launched a new health system structure to create a foundation for better health and health care.

The nine previous district health authorities have come together as the Nova Scotia Health Authority , partnering with the IWK Health Centre to plan and deliver care for Nova Scotians.

This new provincial approach will better co-ordinate health resources and expertise in a way that helps us turn the tide toward better health.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is now the largest employer in the province. More than 23,000 employees, 2,500 physicians and 7,000 volunteers combine to provide care at more than 45 facilities throughout the province. Health services are organized across four areas:

  • Annapolis Valley, South Shore and South West Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton, Guysborough and Antigonish areas
  • Colchester-East Hants, Cumberland and Pictou areas
  • Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants

The Nova Scotia Health Authority partners with the IWK Health Centre to plan and deliver primary care, community health, and acute care. They also provide the highest level of specialized services to residents from other parts of the Atlantic region. Their work extends beyond hospitals and health centres, and clinics. You can find their health teams in schools, downtown cores, and other community settings.

Through its research mandate, the Nova Scotia Health Authority looks for new treatments, cures, processes and practices with more than 1,200 projects currently underway. As a learning organization committed to translating its knowledge, the health authority also supports more than 4,500 learners each year.

You can visit the new Nova Scotia Health Authority website to learn more.


IWK Health Centre

IWK Health is an internationally-recognized academic health sciences centre dedicated to the highest standards of patient and family centred-care, research and education. Delivering highly specialized and complex care, the IWK is one of Canada's major pediatric hospitals and trauma centres with its main campus located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to providing pediatric care, the IWK plays an important role in women’s health, youth mental health, research and teaching.

The IWK is an integral part of the region’s communities, caring for a population of two million women, children, youth and families across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, and providing select sub-specialty care to residents of Newfoundland & Labrador. As one of two provincial health authorities in Nova Scotia, the IWK — along with Nova Scotia Health Authority — is shaping, cultivating and stewarding the health agenda for families.

IWK Health employs approximately 3,300 employees and 230 physicians, and is assisted by an average volunteer force of 750. The IWK has 14 community clinical and resource sites in Nova Scotia and offers various mobile clinics and services in Nova Scotia and the Atlantic provinces.

The  IWK is a global leader in research and knowledge sharing, and a strong educational partner with more than 1,200 learners at the IWK each year.

You can visit IWK Health’s website to learn more.