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What is the Disabled Persons Commission?

The Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission (DPC) gives people with disabilities living in Nova Scotia a way to participate in the provincial government policy-making process. The DPC advises policy-makers and program-developers about:

  • the needs of people with disabilities                                                                                                                        

  • the issues and concerns that affect the lives of people with disabilities throughout the province

Learn more about the Disabled Persons Commission.



DPC to Host Information Sessions on Accessibility Act

The Accessibility Act, An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia, was introduced in the House on November 2, 2016, proceeded to Second Reading on November 3, and to Law Amendments on November 7, 2016.   It remains with the Law Amendments Committee who are interested in hearing more from those impacted by this legislation.

The Disabled Persons Commission is hosting public sessions to provide an overview of Bill 59 Accessibility Act.  If you would like to know more about Bill 59 and/or if you are interested in presenting on Bill 59 to the Law Amendments Committee, we hope that you will be able to attend one of the following sessions:


Wed, Jan 4:  Meteghan: Lions Club, 313 Maxwellton Rd, Meteghan

Tues, Jan 10:  Sydney:  Horizon Achievement Centre, 780 Upper Prince St. Sydney

Thurs, Jan 12:  Dartmouth:  Nova Scotia Community College, Waterfront Campus, Room 4420, 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth Note that this session is for Deaf Community only

Mon, Jan 16:  Wolfville:  Old Orchard Inn, 153 Greenwich Rd. S, Wolfville

All sessions will run from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Please note that all sessions are scent-free.

We hope these meetings will provide you with additional information you may need to better participate in the law amendments process when it reconvenes.   We will also be seeking information from you on how the Law Amendments process can be more accessible to enable your participation.


In order for us to better prepare for these meetings, could you please RSVP to Sandra McFadyen by:

email at:  Sandra.mcfadyen@novascotia.ca, telephone at: (902) 424-0796 (toll-free at 1-800-565-8280) or TTY at: (902) 424-2667 or toll-free at 1-877-996-9954 (within NS only)

and let us know:

1) Which session you will attend. 

2)  If you require any disability-related accommodations

Braille copies of Bill 59 are available upon request.


Learn about Bill NO. 59, The Accessibility Act and follow its progress through the Nova Scotia Legislature

To download Bill 59 The Accessibility Act in HTML format, click hereMS-Word





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Read about the development of Nova Scotia's Accessibility Legislation.




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