Fine Option Program

Fine Option Program

The Province of Nova Scotia established a Fine Option Program effective February 1, 1990, which is administered by Correctional Services Division.

The Fine Option Program allows an individual to satisfy a fine by performing work for volunteer or not-for-profit community-based organizations, as approved by the Department of Justice. The number of hours or work required of an individual are determined by dividing the amount of the fine by the current provincial minimum wage.

The Fine Option Program is a voluntary program available to any adult person who has been ordered to pay a fine, except where the fine is for a municipal bylaw or an offence related to the operation or parking of a motor vehicle. All eligible fines must have a current due date. As well, the court costs and victim surcharge portion must be paid in full prior to registration.