Draft regulations are submitted from all government departments to be reviewed and approved by the office's editors. The editors review, analyze and often re-write the text to ensure that the laws are
expressed in as simple and straightforward language as possible, without compromising the legal effect of the text.
Once a regulation is made, it is filed with our office, given an N.S. Regulations number and published in the bi-weekly issue of the Royal Gazette Part II. The regulation is then consolidated together with all other amendments to the original regulations and published online. The office also maintains a detailed legislative history of each set of regulations, broken down by provision. Approximately 300-400 regulations are filed with the office annually.
Since 1996, the office has also been responsible for publishing the Royal Gazette Part I, which is the official weekly government record of Cabinet proclamations, Orders in Council, and notices made under Provincial statutes. Under subsection 17(2) of the Communications and Information Act, all advertisements, notices or publications required by law to be published by government must be published in the Royal Gazette unless some other mode of publishing is directed by law.
Our office consists of 5 staff: the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, 1 Regulations Editor, and 2 Regulations Publications Officers.
The Office of the Registrar of Regulations was created in 1977 by the Regulations Act (R.S.N.S 1989, Chapter 393), and is part of the Legal Services Division of the Department of Justice.