Assemblée Législative de la Nouvelle-Écosse

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21 septembre 2017

Projet de loi no 81

Gaming Control Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1994-95, the Gaming Control Act

Déposé par :
L'honorable Dave Wilson
Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act

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    Date(s) de réunion 11 mai 2012
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Prise d'effet 17 mai 2012; except Sections 2 to 5, 7 to 11 and 14 and Clauses 15(1)(a) and 15(c) to (e): November 13, 2012
2012 Statutes, Chapter 23

Note explicative (en anglais seulement)

Clause 1 provides that the purpose of the Act includes establishing a framework for conducting, managing, controlling, regulating and investing in casinos, other lottery schemes and related businesses so as to increase the level of sustainable economic activity within Nova Scotia and increase the net revenue of the Government.

Clause 2 amends the definition of “Corporation” to reflect the new name of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation.

Clause 3 amends a heading to reflect the new name of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation.

Clause 4

(a) adds a definition of “Deputy Minister”; and

(b) changes the definition of Minister in Part I of the Gaming Control Act to mean the member of the Executive Council assigned responsibility for Part I of that Act.


Clause 5 renames the Corporation and terminates the appointments of the members of the existing Board of Directors.

Clause 6 clarifies the objects of the Corporation.

Clause 7 authorizes the Board of the Corporation to make by-laws to manage the Corporation’s affairs and business.

Clause 8 changes the composition of the Board, provides for the term of appointment for Board members appointed by the Governor in Council and limits the total number of terms that may be served by Governor in Council appointees.

Clause 9 provides that the Deputy Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act is the Chair of the Board, and provides for the selection of a member to preside over a Board meeting in the absence of the Chair.

Clause 10 provides that the quorum must include at least three of the following: the Deputy Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act, the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness and the public servant appointed by the Minister responsible for Part I.

Clause 11 provides that the Minister determines the head office of the Corporation.

Clause 12 removes the requirement that the Corporation receive approval from the Governor in Council when engaging the services of professional persons, technical persons and experts.

Clause 13 corrects an error in a cross-reference.

Clause 14 requires the Corporation to make available to the public a copy of the rules of games of chance offered in a casino.

Clause 15

(a) replaces references to the Governor in Council with references to the Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act;

(b) authorizes the Corporation to, with the approval of the Minister responsible for Part I, enter into an agreement or take any action that the Board considers necessary, incidental or conducive to meeting its objects or exercising its powers; and

(c) extends the provision that constitutes as agents of the Crown persons who enter into certain agreements with the Corporation to persons who enter into an agreement with the Corporation that the Board considers necessary, incidental or conducive to meeting its objects or exercising its powers.


Clause 16 provides that the costs associated with the entry into an agreement or the taking of an action, with the approval of the Minister responsible for Part I, that the Board considers necessary, incidental or conducive to meeting its objects or exercising its powers may be paid out of the Corporation’s revenues.

Clause 17 extends the tax-exempt status of the Corporation and its property to wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Corporation and the property of those subsidiaries.

Clause 18 makes an amendment consequential to the amendment contained in paragraph 16(b).

Clause 19

(a) corrects an error in the Gaming Control Act; and

(b) repeals provisions that allow for a casino operator or a casino complex to be exempted from a municipal by-law.


Clause 20 provides for the coming into force of this Act.