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Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 22-15

The Town of Trenton (Town) did not issue a decision to the applicant in response to an application for access to a record within the legislated time period required by Part XX of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The applicant appealed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia. While the Town did issue a partial decision during this review process to the applicant, because there are outstanding records still awaiting a disclosure decision, the Commissioner finds that the Town is in violation of s. 467 of the MGA. She recommends the Town issue its decision to the applicant within 30 days of the date of this report. Read more...


Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 22-14

The Cape Breton Regional Police Service (Police) did not issue a decision to the applicant in response to an application for access to a record within the legislated time period required by Part XX of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The applicant appealed to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia. The Commissioner finds that the Police is in violation of s. 467 of the MGA. She recommends that the Police issue its decision to the applicant within 30 days of the date of this report. Read more...


Information and Privacy Commissioner releases Review Report 22-13

In 2018, the Government of Nova Scotia announced the construction of a new high school on the Eastern Shore. In 2020, the Department of Public Works (public body) produced a report containing a high-level analysis of the campus site options for the new school for the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (Report). The applicant requested a copy of this Report. In response, the public body released the title of the Report, its introductory statement, and the report headings, but redacted everything else under s. 14 and s. 17 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Commissioner finds that these sections do not apply and recommends disclosure of the entire Report. Read more...


News Release - October 27, 2022

The time for change is now - Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner releases 2021-2022 Annual Report

HALIFAX - Today, Tricia Ralph, Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner, released her annual report for 2021-2022. Read more...

2021-2022 OIPC Annual Report

Accountability for the Digital Age Report (June 2017)


News Release - October 25, 2022

Joint resolution by federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners regarding the right to privacy, protection of personal information, and transparency in the digital ecosystem in Canada

HALIFAX - In a joint resolution yesterday, Canada's information and privacy regulators called on their respective governments and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that privacy rights, the protection of personal information, and transparency are fully respected throughout the design, operation, and ongoing evolution of a digital identity ecosystem in Canada. Read more...

Joint Resolution: Ensuring the Right to Privacy and Transparency in the Digital Identity Ecosystem in Canada


News Release - September 21, 2022

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Privacy Commissioners Issue Joint Resolution on Securing Public Trust in Digital Health Communications

HALIFAX - In a joint resolution, Canada's information and privacy regulators call on health sector institutions, health providers, governments, and regulatory colleges to replace traditional fax and unencrypted email with more modern, secure and interoperable digital health communication infrastructure. Read more...

Joint Resolution: Securing Public Trust in Digital Health Communications


International Conference of Information Commissioners Public Statement

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia supports the International Conference of Information Commissioners' (ICIC) public statement declaring access to information as a milestone of the digital age to guarantee human rights, the inclusion of groups in situations of vulnerability and the strengthening of democratic institutions in the 21st century. Read the full statement here: ICIC Public Statement


News Release

Privacy regulators call for legal framework limiting police use of facial recognition technology

GATINEAU, QC, May 2, 2022 -  The heads of Canada's privacy protection authorities today issued a joint statement recommending legislators develop a legal framework that establishes clearly and explicitely the circumstances in which police use of facial recognition may be acceptable. Read more...

Recommended legal framework for police agencies' use of facial recognition - Joint Statement by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Privacy Commissioners

Privacy Guidance on facial recognition for police agencies


Department of Justice mandate includes amendment to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Premier Houston's September 14, 2021 mandate letter to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice includes a requirement to amend the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP) to give order-making ability to Nova Scotia's Information and Privacy Commissioner:  September 14, 2021 Ministerial Mandate - Department of Justice and Attorney General

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is willing to provide input and guidance to the government as it moves ahead with this amendment to FOIPOP, or any other important amendments the OIPC has recommended to modernize Nova Scotia's outdated access to information and privacy laws. 


New/Updated Publications Now Available

Graphic Novel - Social Smarts: Nothing Personal!

2022-2023 French-language Service Plan / Plan de services en français 2022-2023

Know Your Rights: Glossary of Privacy Terms (Personal Health Information Act)

Questions about Nova Scotia's Proof of Full Vaccination Policy

Know Your Rights: Missing Records?

Provincial Government Records - Which Office Do I Need? / Auprès de quel bureau dois-je me renseigner?

Connaissez vos droits - Comment faire une demande efficace d'accès à l'information