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(as introduced)

1st Session, 64th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
70 Elizabeth II, 2021


Private Member's Bill


Mental Health Recruitment Accountability Act


The Honourable Patricia Arab
Fairview–Clayton Park

First Reading: October 28, 2021

Second Reading:

Third Reading:


An Act Respecting Mental Health
Recruitment Accountability

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Mental Health Recruitment Accountability Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "IWK Health Centre" and "provincial health authority" have the same meanings as in the Health Authorities Act;

(b) "Minister" means the Minister responsible for the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment.

3 Subject to Section 5, the Minister, in collaboration with the Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health, shall on an ongoing basis collect data respecting the number of

(a) vacant positions; and

(b) professionals who have been successfully recruited,

at the IWK Health Centre and the provincial health authority, broken down by each of the management zones established under the regulations made under the Health Authorities Act, for each of the following professions:

(c) psychiatrists;

(d) psychologists;

(e) clinical therapists;

(f) health-care social workers; and

(g) addictions counsellors.

4 (1) On a monthly basis, the Minister shall prepare an accountability report outlining the data collected under Section 3 for the previous month.

(2) The accountability report must be released publicly by the Office of Healthcare Professionals Recruitment within five business days after the first day of each month and be posted on the Department of Health and Wellness website.

5 The money required for the purpose of this Act must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.


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