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

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.

Applications for Seniors’ Property Tax Rebate Open July 1

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The province is helping low-income seniors with their municipal residential property taxes. Applications for the 2021-22 Property Tax Rebate for Seniors open July 1.

Province Strengthens Support for Restaurant and Bar Industry

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services / Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

The Nova Scotia government is amending the Liquor Licensing Regulations to help the restaurant and bar industry while ensuring protections are still in place for the safe and responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.

More Options for Residential Rental Property Showings

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services / COVID - 19

To ensure the health and safety of tenants and landlords, the province is introducing new options for showing residential rental properties during the third wave of COVID-19.

Special Move Permits Available for Forestry Sector

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (Oct. 2007 - Feb. 2021) / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services / Lands and Forestry (July 2018 - Aug. 2021)

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.

Registry of Joint Stock Companies Modernized to Improve Client Service

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

The Registry of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) is now modernized to provide businesses and others a more integrated 24/7 online customer self-service experience. RJSC Connect is easy, fast and efficient.

New FOIPOP Portal Launches

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Nova Scotians have a new, easy and secure online portal to submit and receive Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) requests.

Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Note: A list of the top baby names for 2020 follows this release. The 2020 information is current as of today, Dec. 30

Province Creates Protections for Renters, More Beds for Homeless

Municipal Affairs and Housing / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services / COVID - 19

Too many Nova Scotians are struggling to afford the place they call home, creating additional health and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency. That’s why the province is taking steps to protect renters in all parts of the province from excessive rent increases and renovictions while it works on longer term solutions.

Illegal Tobacco Seized in Halifax

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Two men face charges after illegal cigarettes were seized following an investigation by Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services’ Compliance and Special Investigations Unit.

Online Dispute Resolution for Family Legal Matters a First in Canada

Justice / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Nova Scotians now have improved access to the courts for resolving family legal matters.

Heating Assistance Rebate Program Opens

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Home heating costs can be difficult for low-income Nova Scotians to afford, which is why the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is once again available.