Disclosure of Wrongdoing

The Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act was proclaimed on December 20, 2011. The Act and the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations replace the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and the Disclosure of Wrongdoing Policy.

It is important that we encourage a work environment where employees feel safe to report any wrongdoing they may encounter and that they do so without fear of reprisal. The Act and the regulations strengthen the process and provide greater protection for employees who come forward with a potential wrongdoing.

As public servants we all share a commitment to ensure that Nova Scotians continue to be served by a professional, ethical and accountable civil service.


The Act and the regulations give employees of government bodies set out in Schedule A of the Act (see below) a clear process for disclosing concerns about wrongdoing in government. They also provide protection from reprisal for employees who bring forth a disclosure in good faith.

The Act is not intended to deal with all matters and concerns that employees may have. This Act is the avenue for dealing with specific wrongdoings as defined in the Act. Other legislation such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Human Rights Act, corporate human resources policies and the grievance process for union employees provide additional avenues of redress for government employees that may be more appropriate depending on the circumstances.

For further information, or questions about the Disclosure of Wrongdoing Policy, please email PSC-disclosure-info@gov.ns.ca.

Departments, Offices and Public Service Entities covered by the Act

  • Chief Information Office
  • Communications Nova Scotia
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
  • Department of Community Services
  • Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Environment
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Department of Health and Wellness
  • Department of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labour and Advanced Education
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Seniors
  • Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
  • Disabled Persons Commission
  • Elections Nova Scotia
  • Emergency Management Office
  • Executive Council Office
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Office
  • Government House
  • Legal Aid Commission
  • Legislative Expenses
  • Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
  • Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission
  • Nova Scotia Pension Agency
  • Nova Scotia Police Commission
  • Nova Scotia Securities Commission
  • Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
  • Office of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Office of Acadian Affairs
  • Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs
  • Office of Gaelic Affairs
  • Office of Immigration
  • Office of the Auditor General
  • Office of the Legislative Counsel
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Office of the Premier
  • Office of the Speaker
  • Public Prosecution Service
  • Public Service Commission
  • Sydney Tar Ponds Agency
  • Treasury and Policy Board
  • Voluntary Planning Board
  • Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal