Nova Scotia Public Trustee Office Governing Legislation


The Office of the Public Trustee is established under the Public Trustee Act and functions in reference to that Act and other Statutes. Specific roles for the Public Trustee are prescribed in the:

  • Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act
  • Adult Protection Actz
  • Compensation for Victims of a Crime Act
  • Guardianship Act
  • Homes for Special Care Act
  • Hospitals Act
  • Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act
  • Patient’s Abandoned Property Act
  • Personal Directives Act
  • Powers of Attorney Act
  • Presumption of Death Act
  • Probate Act
  • Public Trustee Act
  • Residential Tenancies Act
  • Survival of Actions Act

The Public Trustee is also guided by the:

  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Human Rights Act

Complete versions of the above legislation can found on the Office of the Legislative Counsel's website.