News release

Improvements to Four Access Nova Scotia Centres

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Improvements to Four Access Nova Scotia Centres


Improved access to provincial government services is on the way to four Nova Scotia communities. The Access Nova Scotia centre in Port Hawkesbury has moved to a new location, centres in Bridgewater and Truro will be expanding their services, while a new centre will be established in Sackville.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet said Access centres are popular in communities because some of the most heavily used government services are located under one roof.

"Access Nova Scotia centres typically offer motor vehicle registration and driver licensing, and consumer and residential tenancy services, though services can vary in different communities," Mr. Barnet said. "Putting these services under one roof, and offering Registry of Motor Vehicle services three evenings a week, is a great convenience to Nova Scotians."

The Port Hawkesbury centre moved to the Provincial Building on Feb. 22. The new location is more spacious and offers better parking than the previous facility.

Tenders will soon appear for office space for Access Nova Scotia centres in Bridgewater and Truro. When they open late this year or early in 2006, the new centres will offer a full range of services under one roof, including registry of motor vehicle services which are currently provided in separate locations.

The new Sackville Access Nova Scotia will be located in the Cobequid Centre. "Sackville has been a growing community," Mr. Barnet said. "Once it opens, this centre will be very convenient to area residents who now must make their way to Dartmouth or Halifax for these services. It should reduce pressure at the Portland Street and West End Mall Access locations."

Due to existing lease arrangements and renovations, the Sackville centre is expected to open in early 2007.

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Improved access to provincial government services is on the way to four Nova Scotia communities.

The Access Nova Scotia centre in Port Hawkesbury has moved to a new location, centres in Bridgewater and Truro will be expanding their services, while a new centre will be established in Sackville.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Barry Barnet says Access centres are popular in communities because some of the most heavily used government services are located under one roof.

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Contact:

David MacNeil
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-6336 E-mail:
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