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Public Service Act (amended)

BILL NO. 40

(as introduced)

2nd Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
56 Elizabeth II, 2007



Private Member's Bill



Public Service Act
(amended)



Darrell Dexter
Cole Harbour



First Reading: November 29, 2007

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends the Public Service Act to establish a Small Business Service Agency and sets out the functions of the Agency.

An Act to Amend Chapter 376
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Public Service Act,
to Establish the Small Business Service Agency

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Chapter 376 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Public Service Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 25M the following Sections:

25N (1) There shall be a Small Business Service Agency.

(2) The Small Business Service Agency shall be presided over by the Minister of Service Nova Scotia who has the supervision, direction and control of all affairs and matters relating to the Agency and who shall supervise the performance of the functions of the Agency.

(3) The Governor in Council may appoint a person to be Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Service Agency who shall be paid such salary as the Governor in Council determines and who shall perform such duties as are from time to time prescribed by the Governor in Council.

(4) Such other officers and employees as are required for the purposes of the Small Business Service Agency may be appointed pursuant to the Civil Service Act and that Act applies to those employees.

(5) Employees already appointed pursuant to the Civil Service Act may be transferred or seconded to the Small Business Service Agency with the approval of the Minister of the Public Service Commission.

25O (1) It is the function of the Small Business Service Agency to

(a) streamline and co-ordinate government services provided to businesses having fifty or fewer employees to minimize the requirements for those businesses to interact with Government departments, offices and agencies;

(b) assist the owners and operators of businesses having fifty or fewer employees to secure all necessary permits and licences to operate those businesses and to otherwise comply with Provincial Government operating requirements;

(c) facilitate and promote a co-ordinated approach within Government to the provision of services to small businesses and work with municipal and federal agencies to streamline services in order to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses;

(d) develop advice and provide support to Government on matters involving the provision of services to small businesses; and

(e) carry out such other duties as are assigned to the Small Business Agency by the Governor in Council or by statute.

25P (1) The Minister of Service Nova Scotia shall submit annually to the Executive Council a report for the previous fiscal year setting out the outcomes respecting the priorities and programs set out in the business plan adopted for the Small Business Service Agency.

(2) The Minister of Service Nova Scotia shall table the annual report in the Assembly, if the Assembly is then sitting, or, if the Assembly is not sitting, file it within fifteen days with the Clerk of the Assembly.

2 The moneys required for the purpose of this Act shall be paid out of moneys appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.

3 This Act has effect on and after October 1, 2007.


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