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Business Registry Regulations

made under Section 4, subsections 5(1) and 10(2) and Section 16 of the

Business Electronic Filing Act

S.N.S. 1995-96, c. 3

O.I.C. 2000-24 (effective February 2, 2000), N.S. Reg. 14/2000

as amended to O.I.C. 2017-323 (effective December 12, 2017), N.S. Reg. 176/2017




Table of Contents


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Citation

Definitions

Designated enactments

NSBR Administrator

Filing information by entering in database

Filing information, documents or forms requiring signature

Time and date of filing

Business Identifier System

BN registration locations

Required business information


 

Citation

1     These regulations may be cited as the Business Registry Regulations.


Definitions

2     In these regulations,

 

                (a)    “Act” means the Business Electronic Filing Act;

 

                (b)    “BN” means the Business Number assigned to a business by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, which consists of a 9-digit root number, plus a program account identifier made up of 2 characters, plus a 4-digit sequence number;

 

                (c)    “designated enactment” means an enactment designated under Section 3;

 

                (d)    “NSBR” means the Nova Scotia Business Registry;

 

                (e)    “NSBR Administrator” means the person authorized by the Minister pursuant to subsection 9(4) of the Act to perform the functions and services described in subsection 4(1) with respect to the designated enactments.


Designated enactments

3     The enactments set out in the following table are designated under Section 4 of the Act:


Enactment

Designated Portions

Amusement Devices Safety Act

all

Beaches Act

all

Beaches and Foreshores Act

all

Building Code Act

all

Cemetery and Funeral Services Act

all

Children and Family Services Act

Section 15

Regulations under the Children and Family Services Act:

 

 

Children and Family Services Regulations

Sections 8 and 13 to 30

Collection Agencies Act

all

Companies Act

all

Condominium Act

all

Consumer Reporting Act

all

Corporations Registration Act

all

Credit Union Act

all

Crown Lands Act

all

Day Care Act

all

Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act

all

Electrical Installation and Inspection Act

all

Elevator and Lifts Act

all

Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act

all

Environment Act

all

Farm Registration Act

all

Fire Safety Act

all

Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act

Part V, Aquaculture

Fur Industry Act

all

Gaming Control Act

Parts I and II

Regulations under the Gaming Control Act:

 

 

Atlantic Lottery Regulations

all

 

Bingo Regulations

all

 

Bingo Suppliers Regulations

all

 

Carnival and Charitable Gaming Regulations

all

 

Casino Regulations

all

 

Ticket Lottery Regulations

all

 

Video Lottery Regulations

all

Health Protection Act

Part I

Health Protection Act

Part II

Regulations under the Health Protection Act (Part II):

 

 

Food Safety Regulations

all

Homes for Special Care Act

all

Insurance Act

all

Labour Standards Code

all

Land Titles Clarification Act

all

Limited Partnerships Act

all

Liquor Control Act

Sections 14, 46A, 48, 49 and 75 and subsection 47(1)

Regulations under the Liquor Control Act:

 

 

Regulations respecting liquor licensing

all

 

Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Regulations

Sections 41, 45 and 46

Meat Inspection Act

all

Regulations under the Meat Inspection Act:

 

 

Meat Inspection Regulations

all

Mortgage Brokers and Lenders Registration Act

all

Motor Vehicle Act

all

Occupational Health and Safety Act

all

Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act:

 

 

Occupational Safety General Regulations

all

Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act

all

Pay Equity Act

all

Petroleum Products Pricing Act

all

Pipeline Act

Sections 7 and 11

Regulations under the Pipeline Act:

 

 

Gas Plant Facility Regulations

Sections 6, 7, 15, 16 and 18

Remembrance Day Act

all

Revenue Act

all

Regulations under the Sales Tax Act:

 

 

Sales Tax Act Regulations

Sections 14 to 25

Smoke-free Places Act

all

Snow Sport Helmet Act

all

Societies Act

all

Special Places Protection Act

Sections 14 to 19 and Section 22

Tanning Beds Act

all

Technical Safety Act

all

Theatres and Amusements Act

all

Tobacco Access Act

all

Tourist Accommodations Act

all

Trust and Loan Companies Act

all

Volunteer Fire Services Act

all

Water Resources Protection Act

all

Wilderness Areas Protection Act

all

Wildlife Act

all

Workers’ Compensation Act

all


NSBR Administrator

4     (1)    The NSBR Administrator shall supervise, administer and monitor the operation of the NSBR and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Minister.

 

       (2)    The Minister may designate a person to act on behalf of the NSBR Administrator in the Administrator's absence.


Filing information by entering in database

5     (1)    The NSBR Administrator shall accept, register, maintain, store and reproduce any information, forms or documents that are required to be filed by businesses under a designated enactment, in electronic or other machine-readable format by direct electronic transmission or by key data entry.

 

       (2)    For the purposes of the Act and any designated enactments, the electronic database or databases are deemed to be the official record required to be kept under those enactments.


Filing information, documents or forms requiring signature

6     Any information, forms, or documents that are required to be signed by a person for filing under a designated enactment may be filed with the NSBR if signed by electronic signature approved by the NSBR Administrator, or by electronically transmitted or reproduced signature.

 

7     Any forms that businesses are required to file under the Act or a designated enactment that are required to be signed under this Act or a designated enactment may be filed without signatures if the NSBR Administrator has established a procedure to ensure that the forms accurately represent the information contained on a signed version of the form or in such circumstances where the NSBR Administrator considers that it is appropriate to accept the filing without signature.


Time and date of filing

8     When information, forms or documents are filed in electronic format or by direct electronic transmission they are deemed to be filed at the time and on the date the electronic system confirms receipt of the information form or document and assigns the time and date of filing.


Business Identifier System

9     (1)    A business required to be registered under a designated enactment shall register for a BN.

 

       (2)    The business shall use the assigned BN for all matters pertaining to the designated enactments under which it is registered.


BN registration locations

10   The following locations are designated as access channels where clients can register for a BN:

 

                (a)    the Access Nova Scotia office in

 

                         (i)     Antigonish,

 

                         (ii)    Bridgewater,

 

                         (iii)   Dartmouth,

 

                         (iv)   Halifax,

 

                         (v)    Kentville,

 

                         (vi)   Sydney,

 

                         (vii)  Truro,

 

                         (viii) Yarmouth;

 

                (b)    Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Tax Services Offices (TSO's) in Canada;

 

                (c)    Department of Business and Consumer Services, Halifax;

 

                (d)    Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia office in

 

                         (i)     Halifax,

 

                         (ii)    Sydney.


Required business information

11   The following information about businesses is required for administering and enforcing the Act and a business must provide this information to the Minister on request:

 

                (a)    the legal name and the operating or business name used;

 

                (b)    the BN;

 

                (c)    the Registry of Joint Stock Companies number and status;

 

                (d)    the civic address;

 

                (e)    the telephone number;

 

                (f)    the fax number;

 

                (g)    the type and nature of the business;

 

                (h)    an accounting of all money owing to the NSBR;

 

                (i)     a list of all Provincial licenses, permits, registrations and certifications held by the business and all of the following information for each of them:

 

                         (i)     the date it was issued,

 

                         (ii)    the expiry date,

 

                         (iii)   its status,

 

                         (iv)   the amount of outstanding balance owed by the business.

 

 


 

Legislative History
Reference Tables

Business Registry Regulations

N.S. Reg. 14/2000

Business Electronic Filing Act

Note:  The information in these tables does not form part of the regulations and is compiled by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for reference only.

Source Law

The current consolidation of the Business Registry Regulations made under the Business Electronic Filing Act includes all of the following regulations:

N.S.
Regulation

In force 
date*

How in force

Royal Gazette
Part II Issue

14/2000

Feb 2, 2000

date specified

Feb 25, 2000

145/2002

Nov 28, 2002

date specified

Dec 13, 2002

170/2003

Oct 1, 2003

date specified

Oct 17, 2003

169/2004

Jun 1, 2004

date specified

Jun 11, 2004

25/2005

Mar 1, 2005

date specified

Mar 18, 2005

66/2006

May 4, 2006

date specified

May 26, 2006

13/2007

Jan 12, 2007

date specified

Feb 2, 2007

14/2007

Jan 12, 2007

date specified

Feb 2, 2007

15/2007

Jan 12, 2007

date specified

Feb 2, 2007

63/2007

Feb 26, 2007

date specified

Mar 16, 2007

216/2007

Apr 16, 2007

date specified

Apr 27, 2007

262/2008

Apr 29, 2008

date specified

May 9, 2008

32/2011

Apr 1, 2011

date specified

Mar 11, 2011

149/2012

Jul 24, 2012

date specified

Aug 10, 2012

197/2012

Oct 23, 2012

date specified

Nov 2, 2012

16/2014

Jan 30, 2014

date specified

Feb 21, 2014

30/2016

Feb 23, 2016

date specified

Mar 4, 2016

175/2017

Dec 12, 2017

date specified

Jan 5, 2018

176/2017

Dec 12, 2017

date specified

Jan 5, 2018

The following regulations are not yet in force and are not included in the current consolidation:

N.S.
Regulation

In force 
date*

How in force

Royal Gazette
Part II Issue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*See subsection 3(6) of the Regulations Act for rules about in force dates of regulations.

Amendments by Provision

ad. = added

am. = amended

fc. = fee change

ra. = reassigned

rep.=repealed

rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

2(c)............................................

am. 145/2002

3 ................................................

am. 145/2002; rs. 13/2007; am. 14/2007, 63/2007, 216/2007, 262/2008, 32/2011, 149/2012, 197/2012, 16/2014, 30/2016, 175/2017, 176/2017

3(ha).......................................

ad. 170/2003

3(ia)........................................

ad. 145/2002; ra. 3(ib) 25/2002

3(ia)........................................

ad. 25/2002

3(ib)........................................

ra. from 3(ia) 25/2002

3(ka).......................................

ad. 66/2006

3(kb).......................................

ad. 66/2006

3(pa).......................................

ad. 169/2004

11..............................................

ad. 15/2007

Note that changes to headings are not included in the above table.

Editorial Notes and Corrections:

 

Note

Effective
date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repealed and Superseded:

N.S.
Regulation

Title

In force
date

Repealed
date

 

 

 

 

Note:  Only regulations that are specifically repealed and replaced appear in this table.  It may not reflect the entire history of regulations on this subject matter.