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.

Vision and Goals


The Commission is committed to actively engage and work with all Nova Scotians and our diverse communities to effectively:

  • Advance equity and dignity
  • Foster positive, productive and respectful relations, and
  • Protect human rights

The Commision believes in and is committed to:

  • Restorative processes
  • Inclusivity
  • Service excellence
  • Continuous learning through research and innovation
  • Transparency


  • Continue to promote a workplace that is dynamic, embraces differences and fosters continuous learning.
  • Provide fair, easily accessible and cost-effective services in accordance with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.
  • Engage with racially-visible people, women, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities to ensure their realities are reflected and celebrated in the work of the Commission.
  • Strengthen existing partnerships while collaborating with organizations which share similar values to reduce systemic discrimination and strengthen the ability of individuals and communities to address issues of discrimination.
  • Advise and assist the government of Nova Scotia in achieving equitable access to opportunities and services for every individual.
  • Ensure people in all communities of Nova Scotia are engaged in meaningful discussion on human rights issues and diversity, to improve the lives of all Nova Scotians.