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About Consolidations

A "consolidation" refers to a set of regulations that has been prepared ("consolidated") by the Registry of Regulations to include all amendments to the original regulations filed with the Registry.   Details about an amendment are noted beneath the amended provision.  Please note that our consolidations are unofficial.  The official text of the law is contained in the Orders or Orders in Council from which the consolidations are prepared.



Example of a consolidation

For example, let's suppose that Section 3 of a hypothetical set of regulations is amended.  The consolidation for that set of regulations would show Section 3, as amended, plus a note indicating the regulations which amended it, like so:

3  This is a hypothetical Section, created to illustrate how consolidations are prepared.
Section 3 amended: O.I.C. 2016-123, N.S. Reg. 75/2016.
O.I.C. means Order in Council - an order of the Governor in Council.
N.S. Reg.  means Nova Scotia Regulation - followed by the regulation number assigned by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations.

The original regulation number, as well as the latest amending regulation number are always found at the beginning of our consolidations, like so:

Hypothetical Regulations

made under Section 100 of the
Hypothetical Act
S.N.S. 1999, c. 100
O.I.C. 2010-1 (January 1, 2010), N.S. Reg. 1/2010
as amended to O.I.C. 2016-123 (July 1, 2016), N.S. Reg. 75/2016

Thus, the above regulations would have originated with N.S. Reg. 1/2010 (the "base regulation") and are consolidated up to N.S. Reg. 75/2016, with the dates indicating the day the regulations were made.  "As amended to" indicates that the regulation has been amended, and the N.S. Reg. number listed is the most recent amendment included in the consolidated text.


Availability of regulations:

The full text of most of Nova Scotia's regulations are available online.  If the regulations are available online, you will see a link to the online version next to the name of the regulations in the Regulations by Act index.

Not included are:

  • some regulations that were dispensed from publication by the Governor in Council
  • some regulations with a limited application
  • portions of regulations that consist of forms, graphics or other heavily formatted pages (there will be an editorial note in the text indicating where this occurs).

If there is no online version of the regulations you require, or you want a copy of the paper document, you can order copies from us, or view the regulations at a public library or our offices.



New regulation numbers are entered into the Regulations by Act index within 24 hours of filing at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations.  The full text of the new or amended regulations is uploaded later, within 2 weeks after publication in the Royal Gazette Part II.  When we enter the new regulation information, we place a note under the regulation listing indicating the update until the full-text version of the new regulations or consolidation is available.


Formatting and browsers:

Formatting of the HTML versions of the regulations may differ from that of the official, printed versions.  If the text is flush-left without indentation, it may be more difficult to follow.  Our Style and Procedures Manual contains information on the numbering and lettering system used for regulations.

Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties in viewing this site by e-mailing the webmaster.


Our disclaimer:

Every set of regulations reproduced on this site contains the following disclaimer, which must not be removed:

This consolidation is unofficial and is for reference only. For the official version of the regulations, consult the original documents on file with the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, or refer to the Royal Gazette Part II.
Regulations are amended frequently. Please check the list of Regulations by Act to see if there are any recent amendments to these regulations filed with our office that are not yet included in this consolidation.
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this electronic version, the Office of the Registrar of Regulations assumes no responsibility for any discrepancies that may have resulted from reformatting.
This electronic version is copyright © [year], Province of Nova Scotia, all rights reserved. It is for your personal use and may not be copied for the purposes of resale in this or any other form.

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