The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 5

Government Restructuring (2014) Act *

An Act Respecting the Restructuring of Certain Government Departments *

Introduced by:
Honourable Stephen McNeil
President of the Executive Council

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 14, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement Upon proclamation; except s. 64: on and after May 1, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 34

Explanatory Note

Part I to Part V update the titles of the ministers responsible for five Acts.

Part VI changes the composition of the Executive Council by

(a) adding the position of Minister of Internal Services; and
(b) re-organizing the position of Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations into two distinct positions of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Nova Scotia.

Part VII and Part VIII update the titles of the ministers responsible for two Acts.

Part IX updates the title of the Minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act.

Part X and Part XI update the title of the Minister responsible for two Acts.

Part XII updates the title of the Minister responsible for certain Sections of the Liquor Control Act.

Part XIII updates the title of the Minister responsible for the Members’ Retiring Allowances Act.

Part XIV updates the title of the Minister responsible for the Petroleum Products Pricing Act.

Part XV amends the Public Procurement Act by

(a) making the Minister of Internal Services responsible for the Act;

(b) permitting the Minister to delegate powers and duties;

(c) allowing the Minister, on written authorization by a member of the Executive Council, to enter into a procurement services contract on behalf of that member;

(d) updating the title of the Deputy Minister; and

(e) correcting a grammatical error.

Clause 39 adds the Departments of Internal Services and of Municipal Affairs to the Public Service Act listing while removing Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

Clause 40 repeals two Sections of the Public Service Act respecting the Chief Information Office which is dealt with elsewhere in the Act.

Clause 41 clarifies that the Civil Service Act applies to both officers and employees of the Office of the Aboriginal Affairs.

Clause 42 repeals a subclause resulting in moving printing services to the Department of Internal Services from the Office of Communications Nova Scotia.

Clause 43 adds a restructured Office of Service Nova Scotia to the Act.

Clause 44 adds responsibility for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women to the Department of Community Services and the administration of Acts, orders and regulations relating to the Council.

Clause 45 adds a function to the duties of the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board.

Clause 46 corrects a drafting error.

Clause 47 repeals a clause that has been moved elsewhere in the Public Service Act.

Clause 48 establishes and sets out the responsibilities of the Department of Internal Services as well as the appointment and responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer.

Clause 49 adds the Department of Municipal Affairs and sets out the departmental responsibilities.

Clause 50 repeals a heading and three Sections respecting a replaced department.

Clause 51 makes changes to some responsibilities of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Clause 52 repeals a Section authorizing agreements by Ministers for joint undertakings with the Government of Canada or another province.

Clause 53 replaces the term “public service” by “eligible service”, as it relates to early retirement, and corrects a Section reference.

Part XVII to Part XXIV
(a) update the titles of the ministers responsible for several Acts; and
(b) corrects an error in the proclamation clause in an Act amending the Securities Act.

Clause 68 sets out the effective date of Clause 64.