REVISED STATUTES, 1989
1 This Act may be cited as the Regulations Act. R.S., c. 393, s. 1.
(c) "local authority" means a city, town, municipality, service commission or village as defined by the Municipal Affairs Act, and includes a corporation thereof, and every school board, board of school trustees, local board of health and every other board, commission, committee, body or authority established or exercising power or authority under a general or special Act with respect to the affairs or purposes of a city, town, municipality, service commission or village;
(g) "regulation" means a rule, order, proclamation, regulation, by-law, form, resolution or tariff of costs or fees made in the exercise of a legislative power conferred by or under an Act of the Legislature
(ii) by the minister presiding over any department of the public service of the Province or by any official of such department, whether or not such regulation is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council,
(iii) by any board, commission, agency or body listed in the Schedule to this Act or added thereto by the Governor in Council in accordance with this Act, whether or not such regulation is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, or
(vi) a corporation incorporated by private or public Act of the Legislature or by the board of directors or the board of management of such corporation unless it is a board, commission, agency or body listed in the Schedule or added thereto by the Governor in Council in accordance with this Act;
(2) Where approval of a regulation by another authority is required, the approving authority or a responsible officer thereof shall give a certificate of approval to the authority making the regulation when the approval has been given.
(3) Where a regulation is made or approved by the Governor in Council, the Clerk of the Executive Council shall file with the Registrar two copies of the regulation certified by the Clerk of the Executive Council to be true copies and the filing of those copies is deemed compliance with subsections (1) and (2).
a copy of the map, plan, agreement, regulation, code or document shall be filed with the Registrar, and the Registrar may thereupon, at his discretion, dispense with the publication of the diagram, map, plan, agreement, regulation, code or document.
(ii) where the regulation is subject to approval, within seven days after it is approved, in which case it comes into force on the day on which it is approved or such later day as is stated in the regulation; or
(c) the Act under which it is made expressly authorizes the making of the regulation with retroactive effect and the regulation is filed within seven days after it is made or, where it is subject to approval, approved, in which case it comes into force as provided by that Act.
(3) Where a regulation, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, is of such length as to render publication thereof in the Royal Gazette unnecessary or undesirable, the Governor in Council, by order, may dispense with the publication thereof, and the regulation upon filing is as valid against all persons as if it had been published.
(4) Where by order of the Governor in Council the time for publication of a regulation is extended or publication thereof is dispensed with, the Registrar shall publish the order or a notice of the order in the Royal Gazette within thirty days after the making thereof.
(5) Where, under subsection (4), a notice dispensing with the publication of an order is published in the Royal Gazette, the notice shall state that copies of the regulation are filed with the Registrar and may be inspected at the Registrar's office and that copies may be obtained from the Registrar's office, from the Queen's Printer or from the office or the department concerned, as the case may be. R.S., c. 393, s. 4; 2004, c. 46, s. 2.
5 The filing or publication of a regulation under this Act does not have the effect of validating or correcting any such regulation that is otherwise invalid or defective in any respect or for any reason. R.S., c. 393, s. 5.
6 No regulation is invalid by reason only that it has not been published, but no person shall be affected adversely or be convicted of a contravention of a regulation that, on the date of the alleged contravention or the date the person is affected adversely, had not been published unless
7 Where a regulation has not been published, production of the regulation proved in the manner provided by the Evidence Act is prima facie evidence of the filing of the regulation in accordance with this Act. R.S., c. 393, s. 7.
(2) No person shall be required, as a condition of his right of inspection under subsection (1), to disclose the name of the person for or in respect of whom such access or inspection is sought. R.S., c. 393, s. 10.
11 (1) Where a regulation-making authority proposes to make a regulation that is to be made by or must be approved by the Governor in Council, it shall forward a copy of the proposed regulation to the Deputy Attorney General.
(3) When a proposed regulation has been examined as required by subsection (2), the Deputy Attorney General shall advise the regulation-making authority that the proposed regulation has been so examined and shall indicate any matter referred to in clause (a), (b) or (c) of that subsection to which in his opinion, based on such examination, the attention of the regulation-making authority should be drawn.
12 Where any regulation-making authority or other authority responsible for the issue, making or establishment of a regulation, or any person acting on behalf of such an authority, is uncertain as to whether or not a proposed rule, order, regulation, ordinance, direction, form, tariff of costs or fees, commission, warrant, proclamation, by-law or resolution would be a regulation if it were issued, made or established by such authority, the authority or person shall cause a copy of the same to be forwarded to the Deputy Attorney General who shall determine whether or not it would be a regulation if it were so issued, made or established. R.S., c. 393, s. 12.
(b) in the Registrar's opinion, the instrument was, before it was issued, made or established, a proposed regulation to which subsection (1) of Section 11 applied and was not examined in accordance with subsection (2) of that Section.
(2) Where the Registrar refuses to file any document for the reasons referred to in subsection (1), the Registrar shall forward a copy of the document to the Deputy Attorney General who shall determine whether or not it is a regulation or a proposed regulation to which subsection (1) of Section 11 applies and issue directions to the Registrar who shall act in accordance therewith.
(3) Where the Deputy Attorney General decides pursuant to subsection (2) that a document is not a regulation within the meaning of this Act, the Registrar shall submit a report to the Governor in Council advising of the decision within thirty days of being issued directions by the Deputy Attorney General.
(4) Unless otherwise required by the Governor in Council, submission by the Registrar of a brief summary or description of the terms of a document is deemed a sufficient compliance with subsection (3).
(5) The Governor in Council may approve the report or may order that any document or part thereof to which reference is made therein is deemed to be a regulation within the meaning of this Act, and in that case it is deemed to have been subject to the provisions of this Act from the time when it was made or passed.
14 (1) The Governor in Council shall appoint a person to be Registrar of Regulations, who shall be paid such salary as the Governor in Council determines and shall perform such duties as are set forth in this Act and such duties as the Governor in Council and the Minister may from time to time prescribe.
15 (1) The Governor in Council may appoint a person to be Deputy Registrar of Regulations, who shall be paid such salary as the Governor in Council determines and shall perform such duties as are set forth in this Act and such duties as the Governor in Council and the Minister may from time to time prescribe.
(b) in the absence of the Registrar or at the request of or with the approval of the Registrar or of the Minister, may exercise the powers and shall perform the duties of the Registrar. R.S., c. 393, s. 15.
16 (1) Any other officers and personnel required for the purposes or the administration of this Act shall be appointed in accordance with, and are subject to, the Civil Service Act and the regulations made under it.
(2) For the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar of Regulations and every full-time employee required for the purposes of this Act is and is deemed to be a person employed in the public service of the Province and employment pursuant to this Act is and is deemed to be public service.
19 A regulation when filed may be cited as "Nova Scotia Regulations" or "N.S. Reg.", followed by the number thereof, an oblique stroke and the four figures of the calendar year in which the regulation was filed. R.S., c. 393, s. 19; 1999 (2nd Sess.), c. 8, s. 13.
20 (1) A reference in any Act or regulation to a line, word or other portion of or in any Section, subsection, clause, subclause or paragraph of or in a regulation is deemed to be a reference thereto as it appears in the regulation
(b) in the case of a regulation, publication of which has been dispensed with under subsection (3) of Section 4, as published in the printed, mimeographed or typewritten form in which it has been made available as mentioned in that subsection.
(2) A citation of, or a reference to, a regulation in a regulation or in a recommendation or report made to a regulation-making authority in connection therewith is deemed to be a citation of, or a reference to, the regulation as amended. R.S., c. 393, s. 20.
(d) providing for the publication of consolidations of regulations filed pursuant to this Act, at such intervals or times as the Governor in Council deems advisable, and for the publication of supplements to the consolidations;
(2) The Governor in Council, from time to time, may amend the Schedule to this Act by adding thereto or removing therefrom the names of such boards, commissions, agencies or bodies as the Governor in Council determines. R.S., c. 393, s. 21; 2004, c. 4, s. 3.
(4) When the Regulations Reviser has completed the work or any portion thereof that the Governor in Council determines, the Regulations Reviser shall incorporate it in a report and submit it to the Attorney General for examination.
(5) When the Attorney General has completed the examination, the Attorney General shall report to the Governor in Council whether he approves of the work and, if the Attorney General approves and the Governor in Council also approves, the Attorney General may cause the regulation incorporated in the report and schedules thereto to be printed under the general title of Revised and Consolidated Regulations of Nova Scotia.
(7) Before any regulations or schedules of the Revised and Consolidated Regulations of Nova Scotia are printed, the Governor in Council may, after consultation with the Regulations Reviser, change their language to preserve a uniform mode of expression or make minor amendments to bring out more clearly what is considered to be the intention of the Legislature or to reconcile seemingly inconsistent regulations or to correct clerical or typographical errors, but shall make no change in substance.
(8) Where the consolidated and revised regulations are available for inspection at the office of the Registrar and available for sale to the public through the Registrar's office or the Office of the Queen's Printer, the publication thereof in the Royal Gazette is not required and they are deemed to have been published as required by Section 4.
(9) On the coming into force of the consolidated and revised regulations, the superseded regulations set out in the schedule to which reference is made in subsection (3) are conclusively deemed to have been repealed, and any superseded regulation set out in the schedule is deemed to have been filed in accordance with this Act.
(10) Where authority is granted in any Act of the Legislature to make regulations, that authority is not diminished or affected by the publication or coming into effect of consolidated or revised regulations, and the person or authority that is authorized to make regulations under an Act of the Legislature has the same authority to amend or repeal any consolidated or revised regulation that was initially made under that Act or any Act which was substituted for that Act.
(12) Publication of a regulation in the Revised and Consolidated Regulations of Nova Scotia or any supplement thereto is deemed to be publication within the meaning of this Act. R.S., c. 393, s. 22; 1996, c. 23, s. 30; 2004, c. 46, s. 4.
22A (1) After the publication of the Revised and Consolidated Regulations of Nova Scotia, the Regulations Reviser shall incorporate into them, and cause to be published as part of them, any new regulation filed under this Act.
(2) The Revised and Consolidated Regulations of Nova Scotia published in an electronic form may differ from the publication in another form to accommodate the needs of the electronic form if the differences do not alter the substance of the regulations. 2004, c. 46, s. 5.
22C (1) A copy of a consolidated regulation published under this Act in either print or electronic form may be given as evidence of that regulation in any court pursuant to the Evidence Act, and every copy purporting to be published in accordance with this Act is deemed to be so published, unless the contrary is shown.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to a copy if it contains a disclaimer to the effect that it is prepared for the purposes of convenience only and is not intended as an authoritative text. 2004, c. 46, s. 5.
(3) A regulation in effect on the first day of April, 1977, that is not filed with the Registrar within one year of that day ceases to have effect on the day next following that day. R.S., c. 393, s. 24.
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