Nova Scotia


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August 1, 2020

Current majority government:

Premier: Stephen McNeil, Liberal Party

Number of Members of Legislative Assembly in NS: 51 

  • Liberals: 27 

  • Progressive Conservative: 17 

  • NDP: 4 

  • Independent: 1 

  • Vacant: 2 

Find your Member of Legislative Assembly here: (2)

Environmental stance of majority party:

During the 2017 election, the premier of NS, Stephen McNeil, stated that a sustainable and green economy is a priority for the province. A cap and trade system aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions was promised to fight climate change. (4)

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $11.5 billion 

Total allocated to the environment: $42.492 million 

Percentage: 0.368% (5)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

Environment Act (1994-1995): 

  • Environmental laws of the province, to encourage and promote the protection, enhancement and prudent use of the environment.

Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (2007): 

  • An Act respecting environmental goals and sustainable prosperity.

Importation of Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Prohibition Act (2013): 

  • Act to ban the importation of hydraulic fracturing wastewater.

Non-essential Pesticides Control Act (2010): 

  • Act to prohibit the sale and use of non-essential pesticides 

Water Resources Protection Act (2000): 

  • Act to protect the water resources of NS 

Voluntary Carbon Emissions Offset Fund act (2010): 

  • Act to establish the NS voluntary carbon emissions offset fund 

Wilderness Areas Protection Act (1998): 

  • An act to protect wilderness areas in NS (6)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

Waste Dangerous and Non-Dangerous Goods Temporary Storage facility (Feb 2020) 

Asbestos Waste Disposal Cell Project (July 2019) 

Ellershouse Wind Farm Expansion Project (Feb 2017)

 Envirosoil Facility – Addition of Stabilization & Solidification Technology Project (Dec 2016) 

Liverpool Wind Farm Project (Oct 2015) (7)

Next election date:

Nova Scotia does not have a fixed election date. The maximum time a government can hold office is 5 years with an extra 40 days. The last election was held on April 30, 2017 (9).

Extra information:

NS has pledged to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in a year, passing legislation in September 2019. (10)

What makes this province different?

NS has introduced new environmental targets that are of the most aggressive in the country through the Sustainable Development Goals Act. The target for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) is to reduce 2005 GHG levels by 53% by 2030. The goal is to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050. (11)

  Quick facts:  

Efficiency NS is Canada’s first energy efficiency utility, helping Nova Scotia citizens complete energy efficiency projects. This has saved energy costs and reduced the amount of CO2 emissions. (12)

Sea level rise and increased risk of flooding threaten the well-being of the 60% of Nova Scotians who live within 20 km of the coast. (13)

Increased frequency of severe weather events will cause even higher precipitation levels. (14)

Warming of the ocean is changing the distribution of fish populations on the Scotian Shelf. Cold water species like northern shrimp and snow crab have begun to disappear, posing a challenge for local fisheries. (15)

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.


Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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