Section 6 of the Wildlife Act allows the Director of Wildlife to determine which wildlife species may be imported into Nova Scotia and the rules for keeping wildlife species, both native and exotic, as pets or in captivity. Generally the Department discourages keeping native wildlife species as pets.
There are some wildlife species exempt from an import permit or a captive wildlife permit provided:
For all other species, whether they naturally occur in the province or not, an import permit is required to bring them into Nova Scotia and a captive wildlife permit is required to keep them in captivity or as pets.
The Director has also determined which species will not be granted a captive wildlife permit or an import permit.