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 2019^

Children in care Child (0-18) population Rate per 1000
995 176,458 5.64

^Government of Nova Scotia. (2019). Department of Community Services, Accountability Report. https://novascotia.ca/government/accountability/2018-2019/2018-2019-Community-Services-AccountabilityReport.pdf

*The rate per 1000 is calculated using the population of children covered under the age of protection in Nova Scotia (under 19 years old).

§ 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.