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


Appointments to agencies, boards and commissions

Serving on one of Nova Scotia's 160 agencies, boards and commissions can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact in your community.

All Nova Scotians are invited to apply. Applications are now being accepted.

The application deadline is now closed.


What are agencies, boards and commissions?

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

They include advisory committees and councils, boards that oversee the operation of Crown corporations and professional regulators, and quasi-judicial bodies.


How do I find out more?

Review this list of current opportunities to see which agencies, boards and commissions might interest you.

The list contains links to position profiles that provide more information on the work agencies, boards and commissions do, how often they meet, the skills and experience required to be appointed to them, and any remuneration members receive.


How do I apply?

There are two categories of agencies, boards and commissions: adjudicative and non-adjudicative. There are different application processes for each category:

  • Adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions - Adjudicative ABCs are quasi-judicial bodies that make decisions about the legal rights, liberty and security of individual Nova Scotians. Members of adjudicative ABCs consider evidence and apply legal rules in order to decide cases brought before them.

    For these positions, applicants must complete and submit this application form or a resume and cover letter containing the same information. The application deadline is now closed.

    For more detailed information on how to apply to adudicative ABCs, click here.

  • Non-adjudicative agencies, boards and commissions - Non-adjudicative ABCs fulfill various functions. Some oversee the operation of Crown corporations and professional regulators, while others advise government on financial, regulatory, business, or policy matters that have far-reaching implications for Nova Scotians.

    For these positions, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. Applications for Non-adjudicative ABCs are accepted at any time, but consideration of applications will begin Monday, May 29, 2017.

    For more detailed information on how to apply to non-adudicative ABCs, click here.

The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. We welcome applications from aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, racially visible people, persons with disabilities, women, and other employment equity groups. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify. The information will help us increase diversity on our agencies, boards and commissions.

I already serve on an agency, board or commission. Do I need to reapply?

If you are already serving on an agency, board or commission and wish to be reappointed when your current term expires, you must reapply.

For reappointment to an adjudicative ABC, the application process is now closed. The next campaign will be in the Fall of 2017.

For reappointment to a non-adjudicative ABC, you are encouraged to apply four to six months before your current term expires.

For more information, contact us:

Executive Council Office
One Government Place, 5th floor
1700 Granville Street, PO Box 2125
Halifax, NS, B3J 3B7
Phone: 902-424-4877 or toll-free 1-866-206-6844
Fax: 902-424-0667

If you have questions about specific agencies, boards and commissions, you may also contact the department responsible for it directly.