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Health Research Foundation Regulations

made under Section 21 of the

Health Research Foundation Act

S.N.S. 1998, c. 14

O.I.C. 1999-667 (December 31, 1999, effective January 1, 2000), N.S. Reg. 7/2000

as amended to O.I.C. 2013-84 (March 26, 2013, effective March 31, 2013), N.S. Reg. 61/2013


1     These regulations may be cited as the Health Research Foundation Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


                (a)    “Act” means the Health Research Foundation Act;


                (b)    “health-outcome research” means research into changes in the health status of populations due to the implementation of health programs and services;


                (c)    “health public-policy research” means research into the impact of social factors, allocation of resources, legal and ethical issues, and the administration, organization, and financing of health care;


                (d)    “health-services research” means research into the efficiency and effectiveness of the management, organization, and delivery of health services; and


                (e)    “medical research” includes basic scientific and biomedical research as well as clinical and epidemiological investigations.

Distribution of funding

3     (1)    The annual grant made to the Foundation under Section 14 of the Act shall be distributed in accordance with the objects of the Foundation in Section 4 of the Act as follows:


                (a)    30% shall be spent on medical research;


                (b)    10% shall be spent on health-outcome research;


                (c)    10% shall be spent on health-services research;


                (d)    10% shall be spent on health public-policy research;


                (e)    a minimum of 20% may be spent on any or all of the following:


                         (i)     innovative health research programming and capacity development,


                         (ii)    increasing the public knowledge and awareness of the Foundation,


                         (iii)   communicating research findings,


                         (iv)   targeting health research priorities under clauses 4(b) and (c) of the Act and Section 12 of the Act; and


                (f)    a maximum of 20% may be spent on administering the Foundation.


       (2)    If in any of the categories outlined in clauses (1)(a) through (d), less than the total money allocated is spent, the remaining portion shall be reallocated to one of the remaining categories outlined in clauses (1)(a) through (d) in a manner determined by the Board.


       (3)    Any person or organization that receives a research grant from the Foundation shall spend a percentage of the grant money, as determined by the Board, on the dissemination of the research findings in a manner determined by the Board.

Section 3 replaced: O.I.C. 2005-355, N.S. Reg. 167/2005.


4     (1)    The Board shall submit to the Minister, a budget setting out the Foundation’s anticipated expenditures for the subsequent fiscal year, on or before February 28th of the prior fiscal year.


       (2)    The Minister retains the right of final approval of the budget, and may make changes as the Minister considers necessary.

Books and records

5     (1)    The Board shall make all books and records available to the Minister or the Minister’s representative for review, upon request, as considered necessary by the Minister.


       (2)    The Board shall prepare the financial statements of the Foundation required pursuant to subsection 17(1) of the Act in accordance with the accounting policies and procedures for not-for-profit organizations prescribed by the Minister of Finance under subsection 70(3) of the Finance Act.

Subsection 5(2) replaced: O.I.C. 2013-84, N.S. Reg. 61/2013.

Auditing of the Foundation

6     (1)    The Board shall annually appoint a licensed public accountant to be the auditor of the Foundation in order to prepare the annual financial statements of the Foundation referred to in subsection 5(2).


       (2)    Where the Board does not appoint an auditor in accordance with subsection (1), the Minister shall appoint one on behalf of the Board.


       (3)    The Board shall make all books and records available to the Auditor General of Nova Scotia, the internal auditors of the Department of Health and Wellness, and any other auditors, as considered necessary by the Minister.

[Note: The reference to the Department of Health has been updated in accordance with Order in Council 2011-15 under the Public Service Act, c. 376, R.S.N.S. 1989, effective January 11, 2011.]


       (4)    An auditor shall have free access to all books, records, documents, and all other supporting information of the Foundation and shall be entitled to receive from the Board and the officers and employees of the Foundation such information and explanations that, in the opinion of the auditor, are necessary for the performance of the auditor’s duties.