2018 – 2019 Annual Report

The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness – in its fourth year – leads and coordinates government’s work to improve and reduce regulatory burden to business as part of a broader strategy to make Nova Scotia a leading place to do business.

This year’s annual report reflects on the achievements of the past year and sets ambitious goals for the upcoming year, including:

  • a new target to reduce undue burden to business by $10 million (net) by end of 2020
    • this builds on the initial burden reduction target of $25 million (net) set in 2017. In January 2019, we reported that more than 60 initiatives contributed to exceeding the target by $9 million, saving business an estimated $34 million every year
  • setting a new target to save citizens and non-profit organizations 50,000 hours in compliance time by end of 2020.
  • piloting an Inspection Navigator Service. Our aim is to help start-ups understand, prepare for and schedule inspections; the inspection navigator will also develop customer service training, specifically for inspectors; and
  • expanding our municipal partnership to support and work with Cape Breton municipalities to make operation and expansion easier for Island businesses by aligning specific business regulations.


Download the full 2018-2019 report (PDF)

Three-Year Review

The Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act, which established the Office, requires a comprehensive review of the Office and the Act after three years. The Review details the work and results of the Office and provides some insights into our experience reforming and modernizing Nova Scotia’s regulatory system, particularly as it relates to business, over the past few years. It also provides an overview of what we hope to accomplish in the future.

The Act requires the Minister (the Premier) to submit a report to the House of Assembly on the review, including any recommendations or changes the Minister recommends. A resolution of the House is required to continue the Act beyond its five-year anniversary (2020).

Download the Three year Review and Appendix (PDF)

Current Reports

2018-2019 Annual Report
Full report
Three year Review and Appendix

Archived Reports

Reducing Burden to Business Final Progress Report
$25 million Target Interim Status Report
Full report
Full report (Adobe Flip Book)
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Full report
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Government Reports

Accountability Reports and Business Plans

Contact Us

Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness
Suite 302, Collins Bank Building
1883 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S9