Nova Scotia Tartan Act
REVISED STATUTES, 1989
amended O.I.C. 90-987; 2012, c. 30
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An Act Respecting the
Nova Scotia Tartan
1 This Act may be cited as the Nova Scotia Tartan Act.
R.S., c. 318, s. 1.
2 In this Act, "Tartan" means the Nova Scotia Tartan, consisting of the colours and proportions originally set out in an order in council dated the sixth day of September, 1955, and now set out in the Schedule, and registered in the books of the Court of the Lord Lyon, Her Majesty's Register Office, Edinburgh, on the seventh day of March, 1956.
R.S., c. 318, s. 2; 2012, c. 30, s. 1.
2A The Tartan is the official Tartan of the Province.
2012, c. 30, s. 2.
2B The blue and white in the Tartan represent the sea, the greens represent the forests, the red represents the Royal Lion on the shield in the Arms of the Province and the gold represents the Province's Royal Charter.
2012, c. 30, s. 2.
3 The Tartan is an incident part of the armorial bearings of Nova Scotia and an emblem of the Province.
R.S., c. 318, s. 3.
4 The use of the Tartan shall be governed by the limitations set forth in the order in council dated the sixth day of September, 1955.
R.S., c. 318, s. 4.
5 (1) The Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage may grant a licence to any person to manufacture the Tartan or to apply the design of the Tartan to any article, subject to the provisions of subsections (2) and (3).
(2) A person who under a licence granted pursuant to subsection (1) manufactures the Tartan or applies the design of the Tartan to any article shall mark or attach the name "Nova Scotia Tartan" upon or to the Tartan or the article, or such other identifying mark as may be approved by the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
(3) The Governor in Council may make regulations establishing terms and conditions which will apply to the granting of a licence under subsection (1).
R.S., c. 318, s. 5; O.I.C. 90-987; 2012, c. 30, s. 3.
6 (1) No person shall, without a licence granted pursuant to Section 5, manufacture the Tartan or apply the design of the Tartan to any article.
(2) No person shall sell or offer for sale the Tartan or any article to which the design of the Tartan has been applied unless the Tartan or the article to which the design of the Tartan has been applied was manufactured by a person granted a licence pursuant to Section 5 and which has marked upon or attached thereto the name "Nova Scotia Tartan" or such other identifying mark as has been approved by the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
(3) No person other than a person who has been granted a licence pursuant to Section 5 shall mark or attach the name "Nova Scotia Tartan" or any identifying mark which has been approved by the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage upon or to any article.
(4) No person shall sell or offer for sale any woven material so closely resembling the Tartan as to be mistaken for the Tartan.
R.S., c. 318, s. 6; O.I.C. 90-987; 2012, c. 30, s. 3.
7 Any person who violates any of the provisions of Section 6 shall be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding five hundred dollars.
R.S., c. 318, s. 7.
8 This Act shall not apply to the sale of the Tartan or an article bearing the design of the Tartan which
(a) was manufactured prior to the twenty-sixth day of April, 1964, by the proprietor or by a person with the consent of the proprietor under the Industrial Design Act (Canada); and
(b) is marked in accordance with the provisions of Section 14 of the Industrial Design Act (Canada).
R.S., c. 318, s. 8.
Throughout the Province, in each and every year, April 6th shall be kept and observed under the name of Tartan Day in appreciation of the Scottish clans in Canada.
2012, c. 30, s. 4.
NOVA SCOTIA TARTAN
Colours and Proportions
The first block is the Blue Block, consisting of 84 threads divided as follows:
The second block is the Green Block, consisting of 82 threads divided as follows:
4 dark green 4 yellow
4 light green 16 dark green
4 dark green 8 light green
8 light green 4 dark green
16 dark green 4 light green
4 yellow 4 dark green
The Blue Block and the Green Block alternate across the entire width of the material and follow the same sequence in length
2012, c. 30, s. 4.
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