Nova Scotia Health Authority

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.