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Business Registry Regulations
made under Section 4, subsections 5(1) and 10(2) and Section 16 of the
Business Electronic Filing Act
S.N.S. 1995-96, c. 3
O.I.C. 2000-24 (February 2, 2000), N.S. Reg. 14/2000
as amended to O.I.C. 2016-42 (February 23, 2016), N.S. Reg. 30/2016
1 These regulations may be cited as the Business Registry Regulations.
2 In these regulations,
(a) “Act” means the Business Electronic Filing Act;
(b) “BN” means the Business Number assigned to a business by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, which consists of a 9-digit root number, plus a program account identifier made up of 2 characters, plus a 4-digit sequence number;
(c) “designated enactment” means an enactment designated under Section 3;
Clause 2(c) amended: O.I.C. 2002-538, N.S. Reg. 145/2002.
(d) “NSBR” means the Nova Scotia Business Registry;
(e) “NSBR Administrator” means the person authorized by the Minister pursuant to subsection 9(4) of the Act to perform the functions and services described in subsection 4(1) with respect to the designated enactments.
3 The enactments set out in the following table are designated under Section 4 of the Act:
Amusement Devices Safety Act
Beaches and Foreshores Act
Building Code Act
Cemetery and Funeral Services Act
Children and Family Services Act
Regulations under the Children and Family Services Act:
Children and Family Services Regulations
Sections 8 and 13 to 30
Collection Agencies Act
Consumer Reporting Act
Corporations Registration Act
Credit Union Act
Crown Lands Act
Day Care Act
Direct Sellers’ Regulation Act
Electrical Installation and Inspection Act
Elevator and Lifts Act
Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act
Farm Registration Act
Fire Safety Act
Fisheries and Coastal Resources Act
Part V, Aquaculture
Gaming Control Act
Parts I and II
Regulations under the Gaming Control Act:
Atlantic Lottery Regulations
Bingo Suppliers Regulations
Carnival and Charitable Gaming Regulations
Ticket Lottery Regulations
Video Lottery Regulations
Health Protection Act
Health Protection Act
Regulations under the Health Protection Act (Part II):
Food Safety Regulations
Homes for Special Care Act
Labour Standards Code
Land Titles Clarification Act
Limited Partnerships Act
Liquor Control Act
Sections 14, 46A, 48, 49 and 75 and subsection 47(1)
Regulations under the Liquor Control Act:
Regulations respecting liquor licensing
Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Regulations
Sections 41, 45 and 46
Meat Inspection Act
Regulations under the Meat Inspection Act:
Meat Inspection Regulations
Mortgage Brokers and Lenders Registration Act
Motor Vehicle Act
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act:
Occupational Safety General Regulations
Partnerships and Business Names Registration Act
Pay Equity Act
Petroleum Products Pricing Act
Sections 7 and 11
Regulations under the Pipeline Act:
Gas Plant Facility Regulations
Sections 6, 7, 15, 16 and 18
Remembrance Day Act
Regulations under the Sales Tax Act:
Sales Tax Act Regulations
Sections 14 to 25
Smoke-free Places Act
Special Places Protection Act
Sections 14 to 19 and Section 22
Technical Safety Act
Theatres and Amusements Act
Tourist Accommodations Act
Trust and Loan Companies Act
Volunteer Fire Services Act
Water Resources Protection Act
Wilderness Areas Protection Act
Workers’ Compensation Act
Section 3 replaced: O.I.C. 2007-17, N.S. Reg. 13/2007; amended: O.I.C. 2007-18, N.S. Reg. 14/2007; O.I.C. 2007-104, N.S. Reg. 63/2007; O.I.C. 2007-214, N.S. Reg. 216/2007; O.I.C. 2008-225, N.S. Reg. 262/2008; O.I.C. 2011-72, N.S. Reg. 32/2011; O.I.C. 2012-231, N.S. Reg. 149/2012; O.I.C. 2012-332, N.S. Reg. 197/2012; O.I.C. 2014-29, N.S. Reg. 16/2014; O.I.C. 2016-42, N.S. Reg. 30/2016.
[Note: Effective May 11, 2010, the reference to the Volunteer Fire Services Act should be read as a reference to the Volunteer Fire and Ground Search and Rescue Services Act in accordance with an amendment to the title of the Act made by S.N.S. 2012, c. 28.]
4 (1) The NSBR Administrator shall supervise, administer and monitor the operation of the NSBR and perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Minister.
(2) The Minister may designate a person to act on behalf of the NSBR Administrator in the Administrator's absence.
Filing information by entering in database
5 (1) The NSBR Administrator shall accept, register, maintain, store and reproduce any information, forms or documents that are required to be filed by businesses under a designated enactment, in electronic or other machine-readable format by direct electronic transmission or by key data entry.
(2) For the purposes of the Act and any designated enactments, the electronic database or databases are deemed to be the official record required to be kept under those enactments.
Filing information, documents or forms requiring signature
6 Any information, forms, or documents that are required to be signed by a person for filing under a designated enactment may be filed with the NSBR if signed by electronic signature approved by the NSBR Administrator, or by electronically transmitted or reproduced signature.
7 Any forms that businesses are required to file under the Act or a designated enactment that are required to be signed under this Act or a designated enactment may be filed without signatures if the NSBR Administrator has established a procedure to ensure that the forms accurately represent the information contained on a signed version of the form or in such circumstances where the NSBR Administrator considers that it is appropriate to accept the filing without signature.
Time and date of filing
8 When information, forms or documents are filed in electronic format or by direct electronic transmission they are deemed to be filed at the time and on the date the electronic system confirms receipt of the information form or document and assigns the time and date of filing.
Business Identifier System
9 (1) A business required to be registered under a designated enactment shall register for a BN.
(2) The business shall use the assigned BN for all matters pertaining to the designated enactments under which it is registered.
BN registration locations
10 The following locations are designated as access channels where clients can register for a BN:
(a) the Access Nova Scotia office in
(b) Canada Customs and Revenue Agency Tax Services Offices (TSO's) in Canada;
(c) Department of Business and Consumer Services, Halifax;
(d) Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia office in
Required business information
11 The following information about businesses is required for administering and enforcing the Act and a business must provide this information to the Minister on request:
(a) the legal name and the operating or business name used;
(b) the BN;
(c) the Registry of Joint Stock Companies number and status;
(d) the civic address;
(e) the telephone number;
(f) the fax number;
(g) the type and nature of the business;
(h) an accounting of all money owing to the NSBR;
(i) a list of all Provincial licenses, permits, registrations and certifications held by the business and all of the following information for each of them:
(i) the date it was issued,
(ii) the expiry date,
(iii) its status,
(iv) the amount of outstanding balance owed by the business.
Section 11 added: O.I.C. 2007-19, N.S. Reg. 15/2007.