News release

Amendments to the Land Registration Act

Nova Scotia's land registry system will be clearer and better defined after amendments introduced today, May 5.

"It will be easier for lawyers and surveyors to use the land registry system," said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "The amendments will also make the act more effective and efficient."

The amendments come after consultations with the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and other interested parties. The proposed changes will clarify the act and address concerns that were raised during the consultations.

Changes to the act will:

  • provide the registrar general with broader power to correct errors within the land registry;
  • clarify that confirmation of initial land registration does not require a historic deed search;
  • clarify the responsibility of lawyers certifying title to land;
  • allow the registrar general to hear appeals of a decision by a registrar. This will allow an individual to appeal without having to go to the Supreme Court;
  • enhance the integrity of the land-title system by improving fraud prevention and privacy measures; and,
  • include a number of housekeeping amendments to clarify wording and streamline processes.

The amendments support the province's Better Regulation Initiative to reduce administrative burden for business while protecting Nova Scotians.

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Nova Scotia's land registry system will be clearer and better defined and after amendments introduced today (May 5th).

Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, says the changes will make it easier for lawyers and surveyors to use the land registry system and make the act more effective and efficient.

The amendments come after consultation with the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and other interested parties.

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