Nova Scotia Accessibility Act
Independent Review


The Nova Scotia Accessibility Act was proclaimed in 2017 with a goal of achieving an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030.

The Act guides development of accessibility standards for the built environment, delivery of education, employment, the delivery and receipt of goods and services, information and communication, public transportation and transportation infrastructure, and other prescribed activities.

One of the requirements of the legislation is that a review of the Act would be conducted within four years of the legislation being enacted into a law.

The review will gather feedback about:


We Want to Learn From You

We want to learn what Nova Scotians know and think about the Act and its impact on accessibility in the province. We are especially interested in perspectives of persons with disabilities, organizations representing persons with disabilities, and organizations affected by the Act.

There are different ways to engage. You can take an anonymous survey or participate in an interview, or community engagement session. If you are interested in hosting a focus group or local engagement session please let us know. You can also submit comments directly to the Review Team.

Update on Engagement

The public engagement phase of the review spanned from April to October 2022. The survey launched in April and closed June 30th. Online public consultation sessions were held in May and June. Interviews and focus groups were conducted between April and October. Public comments were accepted until September 16th.

The review team will share what we have learned in a report that includes recommendations to guide future directions. This report will be made public.

Community Engagement Sessions.

The community engagement phase of the review has now closed. Thank you!

Review Team.

The Independent Review Team is led by Dr. Katie Aubrecht (Reviewer), Canada Research Chair Health Equity & Social Justice, and includes Lead Associate and Researcher Kelly O’Neil, Associates Dr. Tammy Bernasky, Lisa Snider and Julianne Acker-Verney, and Assistants Shirley Hodder and Mary Jane Kelly. The Review adopts an inclusive design approach guided by contributions from provincial Accessibility Subject Matter Experts and Advisors, and Eviance: Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. Review activities are conducted from the Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Lab at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.


Please tell us if there is anything we can do to support your engagement. Surveys can be completed online, by phone or using a WORD or PDF document. ASL interpretation, remote CART captioning, Braille copies of materials and/or sighted guides or care attendants may be arranged on request. We welcome feedback on how we can improve the accessibility of the review. For all accessibility inquiries and to share feedback, please contact nsreview@stfx.ca.

Please Note: This website currently scores at 100/100 on WCAG AA Compliance using an accessibility checker.

Lets Connect.

If you have questions about the Review or how to engage you can reach us by email at nsreview@stfx.ca or by phone at 902-867-4845. You can also send us a message directly using the form below.

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