Legislation Helps Families Live Greener

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

April 2, 2012 4:41 PM

The province is helping families save money and reduce their carbon footprint through amendments to the Municipal Government Act to be introduced today, April 2.

The amendments will give municipalities the authority to finance energy-efficient equipment, including solar panels, on private property through property taxes.

"Nova Scotians want to do what they can to save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. "Municipalities throughout Nova Scotia are looking to help citizens live greener through this program, and the province is pleased to support the initiative."

The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities asked for the change to legislation.

"We are pleased the government is bringing these amendments forward as they will provide an opportunity for municipalities and citizens to help achieve energy conservation savings in an affordable way," said Jimmy MacAlpine, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. "This is good news for municipalities interested in supporting home owners with initiatives that help the environment."

Nova Scotia has been a leader in enacting legislation that allows municipalities to offer this type of program.


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The province is helping families save money and reduce their

carbon footprint through amendments to the Municipal Government

Act to be introduced today (April 2nd).

     Proposed changes will allow municipalities to finance

energy-efficient equipment, including solar panels through

property taxes.

     Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John

MacDonell says Nova Scotians want to do what they can to save

money and help the environment.

     Nova Scotia has been a leader in enacting legislation that

allows municipalities to offer this type of program.

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Media Contact: Susan Mader Zinck
              Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
              902-722-1461
              E-mail: madersd@gov.ns.ca