The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has a unique role within Nova Scotia. It is an independent government agency tasked with administering the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act ("the Act"), a provincial statute created in 1969, with the most recent amendments in November 2012.

The Commission has many responsibilities.  Currently, the Commission is focused on two main areas; providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level; and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement and policy development.

The Commission is mandated by the Act to help build inclusive communities and protect human rights in Nova Scotia.

The Commission’s central office is located in Halifax, with regional offices in Sydney and Digby.