GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR VISIT TO PROVINCE HOUSE
- Province House is located at 1726 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- There is no public parking available at Province House.
- There is an accessible entrance at the back of the building on the parking lot level.
- By entering the building, you consent to security screening.
- Public washrooms are available on the main floor of Province House.
- When you arrive at Province House, the Commissionaires on duty will greet you and then require you to pass through a security scanner. Your belongings such as purses or book bags will also be scanned.
- Legislative Library researchers must obtain a pass from the Commissionaires.
SPECIAL PROCEDURES WHEN VISITING WHILE THE HOUSE IS SITTING
All visitors to Province House will be required to:
- check in at the commissionaire’s desk located at the Hollis Street entrance
- submit a valid photo ID (driver’s licence, passport, or other form of ID), which will be scanned by the commissionaire. A guest pass will be issued.
- check all bags at the commissionaire’s desk. Bags will be scanned and then stored securely with an identification tag. Visitors will use that tag for pickup when they leave
- pass through a metal detector
- wear a guest badge, which must be visible at all times
Government employees and media will have to go through the metal detector and have purses and bags scanned. Bags not needed for work purposes must be checked at the commissionaire’s desk. Province House identification passes must be worn and visible at all times.
- After clearing security, the Commissionaires will advise you when you may proceed to the Gallery.
- The entrance to the Gallery is located on the third floor of the building. An elevator is available. Please ask a Commissionaire for assistance.
- The Gallery has limited space and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
- The Speaker welcomes you to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and asks you to note the following rules while in the galleries:
- You may not indicate approval or disapproval of anything that takes place in any part of the Chamber. This includes applause, cheering, whistling and any other audible expressions of approval or disapproval.
- You may not in any way record or photograph anything in the Chamber.
- You may not conduct any protest in the Gallery or use any sign, banner, flag, clothing, or prop to demonstrate in any way.
- You are to comply with all security measures in place at the House of Assembly and with any direction from security personnel or Assembly staff.
- You may not use cell phones, eat, drink, lean on the Gallery rails, or place any item on the rails.
- You may not wear hats or caps in the Gallery other than those of religious or cultural significance or as part of a peace or security office or other service uniform.
- You must wear appropriate and respectful dress.
- Any visitor who violates any of the above conditions will be reminded of the rules and could be asked to leave the gallery immediately.
PRESENTING OR OBSERVING LAW AMENDMENTS COMMITTEE MEETINGS
- If you are presenting at a Law Amendments Committee meeting, you will receive a Presenter’s Pass.
- If you are observing at a Law Amendments Committee meeting you will receive an Observer’s Pass.
- If after presenting at a Law Amendments Committee meeting you wish to remain and observe, you must return to security and exchange your Presenter’s Pass for an Observer’s Pass.
- If you plan on attending the House Sitting as well, you must return to security and exchange your Presenter’s or Observer’s Pass for a Gallery Pass.