Possible postal services disruption

The federal government has passed legislation to halt postal service disruptions at Canada Post and mediate a settlement with the union representing its employees. The provincial government will continue to monitor the situation.

If a postal disruption happens the province has a plan in place for government correspondence.

Online services

Many government services are available online.

Direct deposit

You may also want to consider direct deposit.

Community Services

Talk to your caseworker

Clients will still be able to get their cheques by talking to their caseworker or care coordinator to find out what location they should visit.

Direct deposit

The Department of Community Services encourages clients to sign up for direct deposit so your payment can be deposited directly into your bank account.

Where to drop off provincial government correspondence

In the event of a significant postal service disruption lasting more than a few consecutive days, you would have the following options:

Access Nova Scotia

Nova Scotians will be able to drop provincial government correspondence off at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Drop-off hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:30 am to 7 pm

  • All correspondence must be in a sealed envelope and must have both a delivery address and a return address clearly written on the envelope
  • Correspondence must be addressed to the Government of Nova Scotia and include the name of the program or service

Courier

If you choose to send items to the Government of Nova Scotia via private courier, this would be at your expense.

Phone

Citizens can also call the 1-800-670-4357 public enquiries line or 902-424-5200 in Metro 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Business owners and vendors

The province has a plan in place to ensure businesses and vendors expecting a government cheque receive it. Businesses or vendors will receive a call to arrange for pickup or delivery of outstanding cheques.

Cheque pick up

Businesses owners / vendors who received a call and made arrangements will be able to pick up their cheque at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

When picking up a cheque at an alternate location, recipients will need to present:

  • one original piece of identification with photo, name and address or
  • two original pieces of identification, both of which have your name and one of which has your address at time of pick up

Contact

Those who have direct contact with a department should continue to reach out to them.

Direct deposit

Government is encouraging businesses and vendors who receive government payments to sign up for direct deposit. Those who want to receive electronic payments must submit a completed authorization form, signed and accompanied by a void cheque or filled out by your bank.

Direct deposit enrollment forms can be submitted to the attention of Vendor Master via email to , fax at 902-424-8601 or by having it delivered it to the following address:

Operational Accounting
Provincial Building
4th Floor - 1723 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Departments have plans in place to deliver correspondence to people who aren’t able to travel for pickup, however expect delays.

Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Email

Applications to Agencies, Boards and Commissions can be emailed to

Phone

For more information call 902-424-4877 or toll free 1-866-206-6844

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Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Services

During a postal service disruption, you have several options for submitting payments, applications, correspondence or other documents to the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Office. This includes applications or payments for:

  • permanent liquor licenses
  • bingo license renewals
  • temporary Charitable Gaming Licenses/Permits and Temporary Liquor Licenses

Your options are:

Email

Scan and email to . Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot process any credit card information sent through email.

In person

Drop them off in person at our office in HRM (780 Windmill Rd., 2nd Floor, Dartmouth) or Sydney (1030 Upper Prince St., Suite #1, Sydney).

Phone

By phone at 1-877-565-0556 or 902-424-6160. A valid credit card is necessary for payments via phone and fax.

Fax

Fax to 902-424-6313 (Halifax office) or 1-902-563-3430 (Sydney office).

Please provide an email or fax number on your application form to receive your new license or renewal.

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Business Licences

During a postal service disruption, applications and renewals may be paid at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres by cheque.

Email

Scan and email to .  Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot accept or process an application received by email with credit card information.

Phone

Nova Scotia Business Registry 902-424-3369.

Fax

902-424-0602 (with credit card information if payment is required)

Online Service

Applications can be completed online at Online Services.

Get started

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Communities Culture and Heritage

Email

Applications, support materials or signed terms and conditions can be emailed to .

Fax

Applications, support materials or signed terms and conditions can be faxed to 902-424-0710.

Direct deposit

Direct deposit is also an option, contact your program officer.

Phone

Call us at 902-424-2170, or call your program officer.

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Collection services - payments

In the event of a postal disruption, payments may be made over the telephone and/or online. Additionally, payments can be made in person at Access Nova Scotia Centres (during regular business hours, Monday to Friday).Cash, debit or credit card, cheque or money order are all accepted forms of payment.

In person

Visit one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres or 1505 Barrington Street, 10th Floor, Halifax.

Email

Scan and email to .  Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot process any credit card information sent through email.

Phone

By phone at 1-800-429-0621 or 902-424-3057.

Fax

902-424-0660

Online service

Collections Online Payment Portal:

Get started

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Complaints - Liquor, Gaming (Gambling) and Film Classification

Email

You can file a complaint by email at for Cape Breton or at for Mainland Nova Scotia.

Phone

Please contact our Compliance group toll free at 1-877-565-0556 or in Halifax at 902-424-6160.
To inquire or file a complaint about the rating of a movie please contact our film section at 902-424-4498.

Fax

Contact our Compliance group by fax at 902-424-6313.

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Continuing Care

The majority of payments from programs such as Caregivers Benefit, Supportive Care, Personal Alert Assistance, and Self-Managed Care, are delivered electronically.

Direct Deposit

The Department of Health and Wellness is encouraging clients to sign up for direct deposit. By enrolling, your payment will be deposited directly into your bank account.

Phone

If clients currently receive payment by mailed cheque please call toll free 1-800-225-7225 to make arrangements.

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Corporation Capital Tax Return and Payment Remittance

Important: In the event of a postal service disruption, you are still responsible for ensuring your return and payment are filed on time. Installments are due monthly and annual returns are due six months from entities' fiscal year.

You can submit your return and payment using the following options:

Courier

Courier your return and payment to Service Nova Scotia, Corporation Capital Tax, 1505 Barrington Street, Maritime Ctr., 9 North, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3K5.

Email

To submit returns electronically, organizations can email their enrollment forms for transferring funds to . . Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot accept or process any credit card information sent by email.

Phone

Arrangements for electronic funds transfer may be made by contacting 902-424-8350 (Metro) or 1-800-429-0621 ext 8350 (toll-free in Nova Scotia).

Fax

Fax your tax return to 902-424-0602 and use a bank transfer to make payment to Province of Nova Scotia General Account, Royal Bank of Canada, Main Branch, 1871 Hollis St., Suite 100, Halifax, N.S., B3J OC3.

Be sure to reference the appropriate tax on the transfer and provide a copy of the transfer notice with your return.

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Department of Environment

Drop off

Please drop off applications and payments to one of the Nova Scotia Environment office locations.

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Department of Justice fines payment

This online service will allow you to pay fines that are processed through the Department of Justice, and the Privilege Reinstatement Fee for the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Online service

Fine Payments

Get started

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Driver’s Handbook

Available online

You can view and download your Driver’s Handbook online.

Driver’s Handbook

In person

Visit one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres to pick up your Driver's Handbook.

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Driver’s Licence

You can renew your driver’s licence by visiting your nearest Access Nova Scotia Centre or Registry of Motor Vehicles office. When you do this, you will be issued a temporary driver’s licence that is valid for 30 days and/or the duration of any postal services disruption. Law enforcement officials in Nova Scotia have been asked to accept the temporary licence as proof that you have renewed your driver’s licence.

If you are planning to travel outside Nova Scotia and require your photo driver’s licence or photo ID card you may request to have your photo card delivered by courier (additional fees required). Police agencies outside the province may not be able to confirm that your driver’s licence is valid.

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Driver’s Licence Suspension

A postal service disruption does not mean a delay in the suspension of your licence. If you accumulate demerit points or are convicted of motor vehicle-related criminal code convictions by the courts, your driver’s licence will still be suspended or revoked as it normally would. We will deliver your notice of suspension or revocation by courier.

If you have met the requirements to get your driving privileges back, Access Nova Scotia Centres will be equipped with drop-off boxes where you can submit your money and paperwork. Before submitting your paperwork, we suggest you call the Registry of Motor Vehicles office call centre and make sure that you have completed all requirements. Be sure to include a cheque or money order with your paperwork to cover all fees, and an email address and a phone number where you can be reached during business hours.

Please note payments for Provincial Court fines cannot be combined with RMV payments; separate cheques or money orders must be provided.

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Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) clients and ENS service providers

In the event of a postal service disruption, cheques that are normally delivered by mail will be available for pick up at the Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) office nearest you.

Please contact your nearest ENS office to make arrangements to pick up your cheque if you are:

  • An individual currently receiving financial support from ENS and receive your payment by a mailed cheque.
  • An ENS service provider who is delivering employment services and programming to Employment Nova Scotia clients, and ENS pays you by mailed cheque.

Please note: Cheque recipients must present one original piece of identification with photo, name and address or two original pieces of identification, both of which have your name and one of which has your address at time of pick up.

Clients or service delivery partners who currently receive payments through direct deposit will not be affected by a postal service disruption.

Individual clients receiving Employment Nova Scotia payments by cheque are encouraged to move to direct deposit for future payments. If you wish to switch to direct deposit, please contact your program officer with your banking information.

Phone

If you have questions, please contact us toll free at 1-877-223-0888.

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Firearms Office

In the event of a disruption of postal services, the public and clients of this office should refer to the following:

  • Services such as initiating a transfer or personal licence renewal that would normally be provided by telephone or internet, will be unaffected.
  • Customers can still contact the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000 or their websites.
  • Customers can drop packages off at the Department of Justice, ‎1690 Hollis Street, Halifax NS. The NS Provincial Firearms Office can also receive courier packages and personal deliveries at this location.

Email

If you have access to email or scanning, you can send documents to .

Fax

If you have access to a fax machine, you can send a fax to the Nova Scotia office at 902-424-4308.

Phone

You can make telephone inquiries by calling 902-424-6689.

In the event of a disruption of postal services, you should expect a delay in receiving any documents that would normally be sent through the mail, including licenses which are sent from Miramichi. Check the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program website for information.

Where possible, the Nova Scotia Provincial Firearms Office will use scanning and email to deliver notices, however, some delays will be unavoidable.

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Information and Access and Privacy

Email

Drop off

Drop off payment of the mandatory $5.00 application fee at one of the designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Phone

For more information or to contact us, please call 1-844-424-2985 (toll-free) or 1-902-424-2985 (local calls in Halifax Regional Municipality).

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International Fuel Tax Agreement

During a postal service disruption, you have several options for submitting payments, applications, correspondence or other documents to the Office of Service Nova Scotia.

Email

Scan and email to . Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot accept or process any credit card information sent by email.

Phone

Toll-free 1-800-565-2366 or 902-424-6300 within HRM.

Fax

Fax to 902-424-0602 (with credit card information if payment is required)

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Heating Assistance Rebate Program

Applying online is the fastest, most secure way to receive your rebate and we encourage all our applicants to apply online. If you are not able to apply online, you can also download an application form and fax it or pick up an application form at one of our Access Nova Scotia Centres. 

In the event of a postal service disruption, clients will be notified where and when to pick up their cheque at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

In person

You can also pick up an application form at any 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Fax your application to 902-428-2164

Online service

Applications can be completed online at Online Services.

Get started

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Land Registration document registrations

Existing e-submission protocol is still in place.  For all other documents, please proceed as follows:

In person

To register or record documents that are required to be submitted in paper form, please courier or drop them off to the nearest regional Land Registration Office.

Email

Time-sensitive documents that are due to expire should be scanned and emailed, along with accompanying documents, to . In your email/fax, attach a scanned version of the completed forms and accompanying documents. Original documents must be forwarded by courier to complete processing. Please call the regional Land Registration Office. where the document needs to be recorded for further instructions.

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Long Term Care Eligibility Review

Rate assessments for long term care will be unaffected by a postal service disruption.

Client rates for long term care daily accommodation charges will be sent electronically to facilities and hospitals.

Rate letters to clients and review requests from clients will not be sent or received by mail during a postal service disruption.

Email

Contact our office by email at .

Fax

Contact our office by fax 902-424-7858.

Phone

Clients can contact our office by phone 902-424-4653.

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Nova Scotia Maintenance Enforcement Program

Electronic payments are the fastest, most secure way for funds to be remitted, and we encourage all of our clients who need to make or receive maintenance payments to do it electronically. This will help avoid disruptions to your maintenance schedule if there is an interruption in postal delivery service.

Enforcement of maintenance will continue as usual if a postal service disruption occurs.

Direct deposit

We encourage you to use direct deposit. You can download an application form.

Email

Please email your questions to .

Phone

Call the Infoline at 1-800-357-9248, or the client service line at 1-855-322-0934.

How to make a payment

Please note: If a postal disruption occurs, those making payments should put a stop payment on any cheques placed in the mail immediately prior to or during the disruption and use one of the options below to make payment.

  • Drop it off at one of the designated Access Nova Scotia centres, 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Ensure payments are in a sealed envelope clearly marked for the Maintenance Enforcement Program. Please note: Cash payments will not be accepted
  • Pay it through online or telephone banking
  • Pay it through Western Union money transfer service. Western Union accepts cash and credit card payments as well as debit card transactions
  • For more information and instructions on how to use these options please visit the Maintenance Enforcement Program Website

How to receive a payment

  • Direct deposit – forms can be faxed to MEP at 902-424-2166, or emailed to NSMEP@novascotia.ca
  • For clients who would prefer to continue to receive cheques, they will be available for pick up at designated Access Nova Scotia centres around the province on Saturdays from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Clients will be advised by phone when a cheque is being sent for pick-up at an access centre location. Please allow 3-5 days for the payment to travel to the assigned access centre closest to you. Government-issued photo ID is required for payment pick up. More information is available on Maintenance Enforcement Program Website

Out of Province Recipients

  • Out of province payments will be sent electronically to the appropriate jurisdictions. Payments will then be delivered according to that jurisdiction’s process.

New enrollments

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MSI / Health Cards

Medavie Blue Cross, which administers MSI for the province, will continue to process updates and applications. Successful applicants will be provided with their health card number and expiry date to use for medical services. Providers can verify information by phoning Medavie Blue Cross.

Email

Renewals and applications can be sent via email to .

Fax

Renewals and applications can be faxed to 902-481-3160.

In person

Renew or obtain a new health card in person by visiting the Medavie Blue Cross office at 230 Brownlow Avenue in Dartmouth.

Phone

Toll-free 1-800-563-8880 or 902-496-7008.

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Office of Immigration

Applications for most streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) can be submitted online.

For NSNP streams that do not accept online applications, and for applications to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, material can be sent by using the following options:

Courier

You can send material for delivery by courier to Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, 1469 Brenton Street, 3rd Floor, Halifax NS B3J 3W7.

Email

You can email documents to .

In person

You can drop off material in person at the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, 1469 Brenton Street, 3rd Floor, Halifax between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 pm., Monday to Friday.

Phone

You can make telephone inquiries by calling 902-424-5230.

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Petroleum products pricing return and fee

Important: In the event of a postal service disruption, you are still responsible for ensuring your return and payment is filed on time. Returns and fee payments are filed with the wholesalers fuel tax return and are due on the 20th of each month.

You can submit your return and payment using the following options:

Courier

Courier your return and payment to Service Nova Scotia, Fuel and Tobacco Tax Returns, 1505 Barrington Street, Maritime Ctr., 9 North, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3K5.

Fax

Fax your tax return to 902-424-0602 and use a bank transfer to make payment to Province of Nova Scotia General Account, Royal Bank of Canada, Main Branch, 1871 Hollis St., Suite 100, Halifax, N.S., B3J OC3.
Please be sure to reference the appropriate tax on the transfer and provide a copy of the transfer notice with your return.

Phone

Arrangements for electronic funds transfer may be made by contacting 902-424-8350 (Metro) or 1-800-429-0621 ext 8350 (toll-free in Nova Scotia).

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Pharmacare programs

Seniors who pay their Seniors’ Pharmacare premiums with a monthly cheque can be assured that their benefits will not be discontinued if their cheques are not received due to the postal service disruption.

Fax

Applications for Family and Seniors’ Pharmacare and can be sent to Medavie Blue Cross by fax at 902-468-9402.

In person

Individuals have the option of picking up or dropping off correspondence by visiting the Medavie Blue Cross office at 230 Brownlow Avenue in Dartmouth.

Phone

Family Pharmacare program: Toll free 1-877-330-0323
Seniors’ Pharmacare: Toll free 1-800-544-6191

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Premier's Office

Email

Correspondence to the Premier’s Office can be sent to .

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Public Service Commission

Health Plan Benefits information for Nova Scotia Government Employees and retirees: For claim reimbursement, please see options outlined by Medavie Blue Cross. Or phone 1-888-873-9200.

For all other inquiries related to your life insurance, health, and dental benefits, please contact at 902-424-3240 or .

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Registry of Joint Stock Companies

Annual Renewals, Name Reservation Requests and Partnership/Business Name Registration

During a postal service disruption, there are several options for completing your Registry of Joint Stock Companies annual renewal, name reservation request and initiating your partnership/business name registration.

Fax

902-424-4633 (with credit card information if payment is required)

Phone

902-424-7770 or toll free in Canada 1-800-225-8227

Online service

Annual renewal, name reservation request and initiating your partnership/business name registration can be completed online.

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Other filings, updates and transactions

All other RJSC filings, updates, transactions required to be filed with the Registry may be submitted as follows:

In person

Visit any Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

902-424-4633 (with credit card information if payment is required)

Name reservation result letters and NUANS reports will be held until postal service resumes. However, applicants can call, visit us in person, or check online at Name Reservation Status for the status of your name request.

Other correspondence and documents produced by the Registry of Joint Stock Companies will be held at head office pending the conclusion of any postal service disruption. Everything being held will be mailed when postal service resumes.

If a Certificate or other document is urgently required, arrangements may be made to have the document delivered to one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres for pick up. It is also an option to arrange for a courier (at your own expense) to pick up your documents at the Registry of Joint Stock Companies head office on the 9th Floor of the Maritime Centre at 1505 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Note that arrangements for one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres or courier pick-up must be made with the Registry in advance.

Email

Email the Registry of Joint Stock Companies . Please do not send any credit card information by email. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot process any credit card information sent through email.

Phone

Should you have any further questions, please call the Registry of Joint Stock Companies: 902-424-7770 or toll free in Canada at 1-800-225-8227

As we anticipate call volumes may increase with logistic inquiries during this period, we appreciate your patience.

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Residential Tenancies hearing decisions

Parties to Residential Tenancy Hearings will be advised at the time of their hearing as to how they can receive a copy of their decision. This may include in person pickup, scanned copies sent by email, etc.

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Property tax rebate for seniors

In the event of a postal service disruption, clients will be notified where and when to pick up their cheque at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

In person

Drop off completed applications in person at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Applications can be faxed to 902-428-2164.

After applications are received, they take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to process. If there is a disruption in postal service delivery lasting longer than six weeks, please check back here for further updates as to how to receive your rebate cheque.

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Nova Scotia Tax Commission Programs - Permits

During a postal service disruption, a copy of all Tax Commission permits can either be faxed or emailed to you. The official permit can either be sent to one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres for pickup or held and mailed after the postal service disruption ends. Please indicate your preferences when you apply and include an up-to-date email address or fax number on your application form.

Tobacco Retail Vendor Permit and Consumer's Exemption Permit

August and September renewal notices have been mailed.

In person

Visit one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres to apply for, or renew, a permit.

Fax

Applications to apply for, or renew, a permit can be submitted by fax to 902-424-0602

Online service

Applications to apply for, or renew, a permit are available online.

Get started

Fuel retail vendor permit

In person

Visit one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres to apply for, or renew, a permit.

Fax

Applications to apply for, or renew, a permit can be submitted by fax to 902-424-0602

Online Service

Applications to apply for, or renew, a permit are available online.

Get Started

Marine rate letter

In person

Drop off completed applications in person at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Fax completed applications to 902-424-0602

Bulk plant permit

In person

Drop off completed applications in person at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Fax completed applications to 902-424-0702. Please do not send any credit card information by fax to 902-424-0702. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot accept or process any credit card information sent by fax to 902-424-0702.

Manufacturer/Wholesale Vendor Permits (Tobacco)

In person

Drop off completed applications in person at any Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Fax completed applications to 902-424-0702

Please note: If a permit is not required at this time, we can provide you your information by phone and your permit will be sent by mail when postal service resumes.

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Nova Scotia Tax Commission Programs - Rebates

Phone

Please call us at 902-424-6538 if you would like to request any rebate application form.

Your energy rebate program – for citizens

About 99% of rebates are applied directly at the time of sale and will show up on your home heating bill. For those not receiving the rebate at point-of-sale:

Phone

Call Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-6538 to request an application be emailed to you.

In person

You can also pick up an application form one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

After your application has been processed and a cheque is ready, you will be contacted to arrange for pick up.

Your energy rebate program – for bulk vendors

Direct deposit

A direct deposit option is available to receive this exemption. If you have not already signed up for direct deposit for this program, we encourage you to do so.

In person

Reimbursement applications can be submitted at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres to apply for, or renew, a permit.

Fax

Reimbursement applications can be submitted by fax to 902-424-0602

Online service

Reimbursement applications can be submitted online.

Submit online

Nova Scotia Indian Fuel Tax Exemption Program

Fax

Applications can be faxed to 902-424-0702

In person

Applications can be placed in a sealed envelope and dropped off at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

After your application has been processed and a cheque is ready, you will be contacted to arrange for pick up.

First Time Home Buyers Rebate

Phone

Call Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-6538 to request an application be emailed to you.

In person

You can also pick up an application form at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

After your application has been processed and a cheque is ready, you will be contacted by a representative of the Department of Finance to arrange for pick up.

Rebates and Refunds: HST Based, NSST Based, Fuel Tax Based and Tobacco Tax Based

Phone

Call Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-6538 to request an application be emailed to you.

In person

You can also pick up an application form at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

After your application has been processed and a cheque is ready, you will be contacted by a representative of the Department of Finance to arrange for pick up.

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Tax Commission Programs - other

Fuel Agents Agreements

Courier

Send your application by courier to Service Nova Scotia, Audit and Enforcement, 1505 Barrington St., Maritime Ctr., 10 North, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L4

In person

You can also drop off an application form at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Fax

Fax your application to 902-424-0702.

Allow one week for delivery. You will be contacted upon receipt of your application to work through the process to enter into an agent’s agreement.

Fuel and Tobacco Tax Returns

Courier

Courier your return and payment to Service Nova Scotia, Fuel and Tobacco Tax Returns, 1505 Barrington St., Maritime Ctr., 9 North, Halifax, N.S., B3J 3K5

Fax

Fax your return to 902-424-0602. Please do not send any credit card information by fax to 902-424-0602. For security reasons, the Government of Nova Scotia cannot accept or process any credit card information sent by fax to 902-424-0602.

In person

You can also drop off an application form at one of 13 designated Access Nova Scotia Centres.

Payments may be dropped off in person or submitted by way of bank transfer. Payment must be submitted by the deadline. Tax returns and payments are due on the 20th of each month.

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Office of Teacher Certification

For services such as teacher certification applications, requests for Statements of Professional Standing, duplicate teacher certificates, and teacher service recognition.

Phone

Call the Office of Teacher Certification to arrange for alternative method of delivery 902-424-6620.

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Vehicle Registration Permits and Licence Plates

In person

Visit any Access Nova Scotia Centres to renew your vehicle registration permit or obtain licence plates.

Online service

You can renew your vehicle registration permit or licence plates online, using a credit card or Interac payment.

Renew Online

  • Please print your receipt and keep it in your vehicle with your previously issued vehicle registration permit. Law enforcement officials in Nova Scotia will be asked to accept the receipt as proof that you have renewed your permit.
  • If you are planning to travel outside Nova Scotia and do not have your renewed vehicle permit or plates, you should visit an Access Nova Scotia Centre or RMV office and renew in person. Police agencies outside Nova Scotia may not be able to confirm that your permit or plates are valid using just the receipt.

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Vital Statistics – Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

Apply in person

Apply in person at the Vital Statistics Office in Halifax (Bayers Lake):

Halifax - Bayers Lake
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive

Online Service

We expect an increase in the number people applying for certificates in person if there is a disruption in postal service and encourage you to apply online.

Apply Online

Delivery options

Pick up in person

You can pick up your certificate in person at the Vital Statistics office in Halifax.

Courier

You can request that your certificate be sent to you by courier. Please note there will be an additional fee charged for courier service.

Ask someone else to pick it up for you

If you cannot pick up your certificate, you can ask someone else to pick it up for you. They must have a letter of authorization signed by you and a government-issued photo identification of themselves.

Phone

If you have submitted your request for a certificate by mail, and have not received a response within 15 days, or if you need your certificate urgently, please contact the Vital Statistics office at 902-424-4381 or 1-877-848-2578.

Although we will endeavor to meet our standard 10-day turnaround time for certificate applications, the postal service disruption may cause additional delays.

Registrations

We do not expect a postal service disruption to cause delays in the registration of vital events. We have made arrangements with our partners to ensure we continue to get death, marriage and birth documents in a timely manner.

Social Insurance Number and Canada Child Benefit application information will continue to be forwarded to our Service Canada and Canada Revenue Agency. Both can be reached by phone at 1-800-622-6232.

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Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia