News release

Changes Under Land Titles Clarification Act Will Help Resolve Claims Faster

The government is streamlining how some land claims are handled to help people in historic African Nova Scotian communities receive clear title to their property faster.

Effective today, November 10, the Minister responsible for the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives can issue certificates of claim and certificates of title under Part I of the Land Titles Clarification Act. This change reduces the number of departments involved in the process, so communities served by the Land Titles Initiative can receive quicker results.

“The Land Titles Initiative is righting a historic wrong, and we’re taking further action to make sure claims are resolved as efficiently as possible,” said Pat Dunn, Minister responsible for the office. “By dedicating more resources and authority to the Land Titles Initiative team, we can speed up helping people in African Nova Scotian communities gain the benefits of having clear title to their land.”

To support the change, land administration and surveyor resources will move to the office from the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables.

Quick Facts:

  • the Land Titles Initiative helps residents in North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook-Lake Loon, Lincolnville and Sunnyville gain clear title to their land
  • land titles can be cleared in three ways: through the Land Titles Clarification Act; the Probate Act, administered by the Department of Justice; or the Land Registration Act, administered by Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services
  • of 883 land parcels eligible to be cleared through the initiative, 252 have been completed and 275 files are active
  • there are 104 active files under the Land Titles Clarification Act stream

Additional Resources
Land Titles Initiative website: https://novascotia.ca/land-titles/

Land Titles Clarification Act: https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/land%20titles%20clarification.pdf

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Media Contact:

Chad Lucas
Equity and Anti-Racism Initiatives Cell: 902-478-7302 Email: