Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing

The Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act and Regulations became law on December 20, 2011.

The Act and Regulations replace the Civil Service Disclosure of Wrongdoing Regulations and Policy. The Act and Regulations provide government employees of Nova Scotia, and members of the public, with a reporting process to disclose allegations of government wrongdoing. The Act also protects the person who made the disclosure from experiencing reprisals as a result of making a disclosure. Matters of this nature can be brought directly to the attention of this Office.

A wrongdoing is defined as:

  • a contravention of Provincial or federal statutes or regulations if the contravention related to official activities of the employee or any public funds or assets;
  • a misuse or gross mismanagement of public funds or assets, (The Regulations further define gross mismanagement);
  • an act or omission that creates a substantial and specific danger to the life, health or safety of persons or the environment, or;
  • directing or counselling someone to commit a wrongdoing.

The Office of the Ombudsman has established a Disclosure of Wrongdoing unit and Inquiry Line to provide a confidential avenue for individuals to obtain information regarding Disclosure of Wrongdoing. Government employees may access the Wrongdoing Inquiry Line toll free at (1-877-670-1100) to obtain information and speak with an Ombudsman Representative, or by email at Ombudsman@novascotia.ca.

Additional information may be found at the Public Service Commission website at: http://www.novascotia.ca/psc/about/overview/actsRegulations/disclosureWrongdoing/