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
Nova Scotia's child welfare system

Nutton, Jennifer
Fast, Elizabeth
Sinha, Vandna

2014 Information sheet
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fifth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2013 Report
First Nations Child Welfare in Nova Scotia

Kozlowski, Anna
Sinha, Vandna
Glode, Joan
MacDonald, Nancy

2012 Information sheet
Case Processing Times in Nova Scotia Youth Court

Policy, Planning and Research Nova Scotia Department of Justice

2012 Report
Child & Youth Strategy 2nd Annual Provincial Symposium: Summary Report

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2011 Report
Nova Scotia Early Childhood Development Report 2008–2010 & Child Well-Being Report 2009

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2011 Report
Our Kids Are Worth It: Our Fourth Year-- Strategy for Children and Youth

Nova Scotia Department of Community Services

2011 Report
The Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card 2010

Frank, Leslie

2010 Report
Report of the Domestic Violence Prevention Committee

Domestic Violence Prevention Committee (DVPC)

2009 Report
Minister's Advisory Committee on Children and Family Services Act and Adoption Information Act

Nova Scotia Advisory Committee on Children and Family Services Act

2008 Report

Nova Scotia - Legislation

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