Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, the Minister of Community Services provides child welfare services under the mandate of the Children and Family Services Act (1990)There are 18 provincial offices within four regions of the province and one First Nations child welfare agency. These agencies receive reports of child abuse and neglect and offer child protection and support services to children and families within the district. For more information, please see the information sheet on Nova Scotia's child welfare system.

Nova Scotia - Statistics

Nova Scotia: Children and youth in out-of-home care in 2007

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
1,706 194,389 8.8


§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

Title Authors Yearsort icon Type
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fifth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2013 Report
Nova Scotia's child welfare system

Nutton, Jennifer
Fast, Elizabeth
Sinha, Vandna

2014 Information sheet
Provincial/Territorial Protocol On Children, Youth and Families Moving Between Provinces and Territories

Government of British Columbia
Government of Alberta
Government of Manitoba
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of Prince Edward Island
Government of Northwest Territories
Government of Nunavut
Government of Yukon
Government of Ontario

2016 Report
2017 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia

Frank, Lesley
Saulnier Christine

2017 Report

Nova Scotia - Legislation

Last Name First Name Organization Province/Territory
Covell Katherine Cape Breton University Nova Scotia
Hughes Jean Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Karabanow Jeff Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Ungar Michael Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Wien Fred Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
MacDonald Nancy Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Brown Marion Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Symons Doug Acadia University Nova Scotia