The incident I am inquiring about happened more than 12 months ago, what does that mean?
An inquiry cannot be accepted as a complaint if the last alleged date of discrimination is beyond the statutory 12 month filing period as defined in the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act .
The Director and CEO of the Commission has the authority to grant an extension of up to an additional 12 months. An extension may only be granted under exceptional circumstances.
If an extension is granted, you may have up to an additional 12 months from the last date or instance of alleged discrimination to file a complaint, e.g., if your last alleged date of discrimination Is January 1, 2020, you would need to file your complaint by January 1, 2021, or have an extension granted. If you have an extension granted by the Director, you must file your complaint by January 1, 2022.
You would be notified by the office of the Director and CEO of any decision related to a request for extension. Any decision made by the Director and CEO is reviewable by the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia through a Judicial Review process.