Human Rights


Nova Scotia Ombudsman William A. Smith said the year 2020-2021 has been “like no other” for his Office, as it adapted to the new normal of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In December 2018 the Office established the Ombudsman Youth Council which brings together a diverse group of young people from across the province with various levels of experience with government services; to share their knowledge, learn more about government processes, and provide guidance and advice to Ombudsman Representatives on how the Office of the Ombudsman can best assist children and…

This Office was forwarded an anonymous letter alleging wrongdoing within the Public Service Commission with respect to their job posting practices, which restrict applications for certain positions to applicants from under-represented groups.

In May 2014, this Office initiated an own motion investigation of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (NSHRC). This investigation was initiated based on a number of complaints received by this Office which were similar in nature and were also related to issues previously identified in an investigation conducted by the Office.