News releases from Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services (Page 1)

2022 Property Tax Rebate for Seniors

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Applications for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors, which helps low-income seniors with their municipal residential property taxes, open Friday, July 1. The program offers eligible seniors a rebate of half of their property taxes, up to $800.

Funeral Home Licence Suspended

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Forest Haven Memorial Gardens in Sydney will have its crematorium licence suspended for two months effective Thursday, April 28, for a wrongful cremation that occurred last December. The suspension means the funeral home cannot do cremations during this time.

Legislation to Permanently Allow Virtual and Hybrid Meetings

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Legislation introduced today, April 6, will give provincially regulated companies, co-operatives, societies and condominium corporations the option to continue meeting virtually or with a mix of in-person and virtual participants.

Amendments Support Restaurants, Allow for Personal Importation of Alcoholic Beverages

Finance and Treasury Board / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Amendments introduced to the Liquor Control Act today, April 1, are the first step to permanently allow third-party delivery of alcohol with food orders and to enable the direct-to-consumer interprovincial sale of beer and spirits for personal use.

Amendments to Modernize Condominium Act

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Amendments introduced today, March 25, will modernize the Condominium Act, improving the governance and management of condominium corporations and enhancing consumer protection.

Additional Financial Support for Vulnerable Nova Scotians

Community Services / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Province will provide $13.2 million to vulnerable Nova Scotians to help them address the immediate impact of rising fuel prices on the cost of living.

Special Move Permits Available for Forestry Sector

Public Works / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Forestry contractors looking to move wood or equipment over short distances on provincial roads can apply for special move permits prior to spring weight restrictions taking effect. This is a short-term measure to help keep people in the forestry sector working.

Province Extends Ban on Ending Leases for Residential Renovations

COVID - 19 / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Province is protecting renters by extending the ban on ending a residential lease for the purpose of renovations.

Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Note: A list of the top baby names for 2021 follows this release. The 2021 information is current as of today, December 30.

Forest Haven Memorial Gardens Crematorium Under Investigation

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services is investigating Forest Haven Memorial Gardens Crematorium, Sydney. The investigation is in response to an alleged wrongdoing. The results will help the Department decide if a hearing is required to determine if the funeral home’s licence should be suspended or revoked.

Illegal Vape Products Seized in Halifax Regional Municipality and Truro

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Illegal vape products have been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following an investigation by the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ compliance and special investigations unit.

Legislation Supports Housing Plan, Capping Rent Increases, Addressing Supply

Municipal Affairs and Housing / Public Works / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Nova Scotians need a safe, affordable place to call home. The housing crisis affects individuals, families and communities every day. The Province is committed to addressing the housing crisis, and today, October 28, it is introducing three pieces of legislation to support the housing plan announced last week.

Driver Licence Knowledge Tests Now Available Online

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Nova Scotians will now be able to take their driver licence knowledge test online. The new bilingual service introduced today, October 21, will provide a more convenient option to get a learner’s licence.

Test de connaissance pour les apprentis conducteurs maintenant offert en ligne

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse peuvent maintenant passer le test de connaissance pour les apprentis conducteurs en ligne. Le nouveau service bilingue, lancé aujourd'hui 21 octobre, offre une option plus pratique pour obtenir un permis d'apprenti conducteur.

Amendments Strengthen Tenant Protections and Provide Clarity for Landlords

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

New rules to protect tenants against renovation evictions are included in amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act that will be introduced today, October 20.

Province Takes Action to Increase Housing, Protect Tenants

Municipal Affairs and Housing / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Affordable, safe housing is crucial for a healthy society, quality of life, attracting new residents, social equity and growing the economy. Nova Scotia needs to build more housing and the Province is taking steps to get more homes built quickly.

Legislation Will Allow Debt Collection Industry to Continue Working Remotely

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Province continues to give the debt collection industry more flexibility, with amendments to the Collection and Debt Management Agencies Act introduced today, October 19.

Applications Open for Heating Assistance Rebate Program

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Help with home heating costs is available for Nova Scotians living on low incomes. Applications for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) open today, October 18, for the 2021-22 heating season.

Illegal Vape Products Seized in New Waterford

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

More illegal vape products have been taken off the streets of Nova Scotia following an investigation by the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ compliance and special investigations unit.

FOIPOP Compliance Rate Improving

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The 2020-21 annual report from Information Access and Privacy Services released today, September 29, shows the overall compliance rate for responses to requests under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) is improving.