Military Relations

Premier McNeil laid a wreath at the 85th Infantry Battalion - Nova Scotia Highlanders Monument

Nova Scotia is Canada's only province with a Minister responsible for Military Relations. This reflects the long and proud history of the military in the province and its importance to the fabric of Nova Scotia.

The position was established by Order in Council in 2006, with administrative responsibility assigned to the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs. Premier Stephen McNeil serves as the Minister responsible for Military Relations.


The mandate of the function is to:

  • maintain a positive working relationship between the provincial government and the headquarters, offices, and agencies of the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces in Nova Scotia; and
  • increase the awareness of the contributions  the military makes locally, nationally and internationally, including participation in observances such as Remembrance Day and Cadet Day.