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Safer Homes Act

BILL NO. 45

(as introduced)

1st Session, 63rd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
66 Elizabeth II, 2017



Private Member's Bill



Safer Homes Act



The Honourable Pat Dunn
Pictou Centre



First Reading: October 13, 2017

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Note

This Bill requires

(a) housing operated and managed by a housing authority to be regularly maintained and to satisfy any minimum standards prescribed by the applicable municipal by-laws;

(b) a housing authority to remedy any non-compliance with any minimum standards prescribed by the applicable municipal by-laws within 90 days of being notified or otherwise becoming aware of the non-compliance; and

(c) a housing authority to inform Housing Nova Scotia about the maintenance performed in each year on its housing and Housing Nova Scotia to include such information in its annual accountability report.

An Act to Amend Chapter 211
of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Housing Act, and
Chapter 213 of the Revised Statutes, 1989,
the Housing Nova Scotia Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Safer Homes Act.

2 Clause 2(g) of Chapter 211 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Housing Act, is repealed and the following clause substituted:

(g) "municipality" means a municipality as defined in the Municipal Government Act.

3 Chapter 211 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 23 the following Sections:

23A (1) A housing authority shall ensure that the housing it operates and manages

(a) is maintained on a regular basis; and

(b) complies with any by-laws of the municipality in which the housing is situated that are made under subsection 181(1) of the Municipal Government Act or subsection 199(1) of the Halifax Regional Municipality Charter.

(2) Where a housing authority is notified or otherwise becomes aware that any housing it operates and manages does not comply with a by-law referred to in clause (1)(b), the housing authority shall remedy the non-compliance within ninety days or such shorter period as may be specified by or under the by-law.

23B (1) A housing authority shall annually prepare and submit to Housing Nova Scotia a report describing the maintenance work performed during the preceding year on the housing operated and managed by the housing authority.

(2) A report submitted under subsection (1) must contain any information prescribed by the regulations.

4 Subsection 26(1) of Chapter 211 is amended by adding the following clause immediately after clause (x):

(xa) prescribing any information that must be included in a report submitted to Housing Nova Scotia by a housing authority;

5 Chapter 213 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Housing Nova Scotia Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 12 the following Section:

12A When preparing an accountability report to be submitted in accordance with Section 69 of the Finance Act, the Corporation shall include the information contained in a report submitted to it under Section 23C of the Housing Act.


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