Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) - Applications for Appointment


Appointments to ABCs

Serving on one of Nova Scotia’s 155 ABCs can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact on your community.

All Nova Scotia residents are invited to apply. It's easy with our convenient new online application system.

What are ABCs?

ABCs are organizations created by government to provide advice and services in areas such as health, policing, agriculture, education, culture, environment, transportation, professional regulation and more.

They take many forms, including advisory committees and councils, corporate boards, and adjudicative (quasi-judicial) bodies.

ABC profiles providing more information on their work, how often they meet, selection criteria and remuneration can be viewed by clicking on ABC Profiles.

To see the current membership of an ABC, click on ABC Membership Lists and select the name of the ABC.


To apply:

  1. Access our new Online Applications System.
  2. Select “Current Opportunities.”
  3. Select  an ABC that interests you and review its profile.
  4. Select “apply to this ABC”, then follow the instructions provided.

If you’re submitting an online application for the first time, you’ll be asked to create an account and a personal profile.

If you’re not able to complete your application in one sitting, you can save your work and complete it later.

If you’ve previously submitted applications by email or mail, we’ll link your profile and new application(s) to your previous records so you'll have access to your full history when you sign in.

If you have questions or are unable to submit an application online, contact the Executive Council Office (ECO) for assistance.

Executive Council Office
Phone: 902-424-4877 or toll-free 1-866-206-6844


Application deadlines

Applications to serve on most ABCs are accepted and considered throughout the year.

Applications to serve on adjudicative ABCs must be submitted by specific deadlines in the spring and fall of each year.

The Fall 2017 deadline is October 31, 2017. Applications received after that date will be kept on file and considered as part of the Spring 2018 recruitment campaign.


Employment Equity Policy

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we encourage people from diverse communities to apply. Applicants are invited to self-identify to assist us in increasing diversity on our ABCs.


After you submit your application:

You’ll receive a letter acknowledging your application once it has been reviewed by ECO. We’ll contact you if we require further information.

If you’re selected for appointment, the department responsible for the ABCwill notify you.

You can log into your personal profile to track the progress of your applications and details of your appointments.

To request changes to applications you’ve already submitted, contact ECO.


Protection of personal information

Your personal information will be treated as confidential, and only used and disclosed for the purposes of assessing your applications, tracking your appointments and related purposes.


Storage and use of your application and personal information

Your applications will be kept on file for two years from the date they are submitted, then deleted in accordance with our file management policies.

You can update your contact information and other personal details online at any time by logging in and making changes to your profile.


Recent appointments

Appointments made during the past year can be viewed by clicking Recent Appointments.

For more information, contact ECO.