What we Heard: 2010 Report on Nova Scotia's Coastal Consultation

From May 1st to July 18th, 2010, Nova Scotians were invited to comment on the State of Nova Scotia’s Coast Report and to provide input on their priorities and ideas for the future Coastal Strategy.

The consultation process included a variety of mechanisms for gathering input from the public and stakeholders including:

  • online and written submissions
  • regional open houses
  • municipal workshops
  • a phone survey
  • a multi-stakeholder workshop
  • sector-based meetings

Over the course of these consultations we heard from over 1,200 people, many of whom represented coastal organizations, businesses, and communities.

Feedback has been compiled into an overview report called What We Heard, which is now publically available.  In addition, separate reports from the phone survey, multi-stakeholder workshop, and individual open houses are also available. Reports available here:

One of the key messages we heard from Nova Scotians during these consultations was the strong interest in additional public review and input on a draft Coastal Strategy.  As a result, consultation on a draft Coastal Strategy is planned for early 2011.

Draft Coastal Strategy

From October 13th to December 16th, 2011, Nova Scotians were invited to comment and provide input on the draft Coastal Strategy [PDF-572 KB].
The consultation process included a variety of mechanisms for gathering input from the public and stakeholders including:

  • online and written submissions
  • issue working groups
  • meetings upon request
  • government to government review and input

Over the course of this consultation period we heard from many people and organizations representing coastal groups, businesses, and communities.

Feedback has been analyzed and the results of the online submissions are posted verbatim below. The feedback includes a compilation of all comments received through the online public survey on the draft Coastal Strategy. A total of sixty-seven surveys were filled out between October 13th and December 16th 2011. There were also seventeen written submissions in letter or email form which we have consolidated into one document and included below.

A separate report from the issue working groups has also been completed and is available below.

2011 draft Coastal Strategy Submissions: