News release

Public Consultations Begin on New Homeowner Protection

Nova Scotians are invited to comment on issues and possible solutions to recent concerns about poor home construction, including condominiums.

The public consultation began today, July 11, with the release of a discussion paper.

"Consumer protection remains one of our top priorities," said Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Jamie Muir. "We need to hear from both industry and citizens on this important issue so that we can make sure the appropriate steps are taken to protect new homeowners."

The discussion paper is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr or by calling 1-800-670-4357. A response booklet is also available to provide comments relating to the discussion paper.

Comments deadline is Aug. 22.

Novus Consulting Group Ltd., an independent consulting firm, was hired earlier this year to conduct a review of new home construction in Nova Scotia. The consultants completed a broad range of business consultations and a public survey on the issue, which helped to form the basis of the discussion paper.

The information obtained through consultation will help develop recommendations to government on measures to improve or address concerns.

A final report to government from the consultants is expected by early fall.

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Nova Scotians are invited to comment on issues and possible solutions to recent concerns about poor home construction, including condominiums.

The public consultation began today (July 11th), with the release of a discussion paper.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Jamie Muir says the consultation will help make sure the appropriate steps are taken to protect new homeowners.

The discussion paper is available online at W-W-W dot gov dot N-S dot C-A slash S-N-S-M-R or by calling 1-800-670-4357.

The deadline for comments is August 22st.

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