Nova Scotia Information
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Nova Scotia's capitol resides in Halifax.
The Nova Scotia legislature is called the House of Assembly. It is a unicameral body. There are fifty one members known as MLAs- Members of the Legislative Assembly. Its members are elected from four different parties. The Liberal party, the Progressive Conservative party, the New Democratic party and the Independent party. There is no set election cycle however the House of Assembly Act requires no assembly may last more than five years and forty days. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms limits provincial assemblies to five years. Therefore the election should occur some time in 2022.
Efficiency Nova Scotia was established in 2011, becoming Canada’s first energy efficiency utility. It continues to deliver a range of programs to help homeowners and businesses make upgrades. The government released a comprehensive Electricity Efficiency and Conservation Plan in 2014 that built on measures from the 2009 climate action plan.
In 2019, the Liberal government passed the Sustainable Development Goals Act, setting the ambitious target of racing to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. By 2030, Nova Scotia plans to reduce GHG emissions from electricity by more than half from 2009 levels. The environmental legislation requires a strategic plan for climate change to be in place by Dec. 31, 2020. The consultations were put on hold in April due to COVID-19.
The provincial programs of note include:
- Commercial Buildings Rebates Program: offers incentives, financing and expert advice to help business upgrade to energy efficient products.
- Hospitality Program: offers incentives, financing and expert advice to help a hotel or restaurant business upgrade to energy efficient products, including heating, kitchen and refrigeration equipment.
- Institutions Program: offers rebates to help improve the energy efficiency of local rinks, arenas, schools, and universities. For example, the savings gained from a more efficient refrigeration control system could be used to upgrade a facility's outdated and energy-intensive lighting to LED.
- Retail Program : offers rebates on energy efficiency upgrades, including: improved lighting; HVAC system upgrades; heat pumps; more efficient refrigeration.
- Manufacturing Program: Efficiency Nova Scotia has a range of programs, rebates and incentives that will help a manufacturing plant or business run more efficiently, including: scoping studies; rebates for high quality, reliable equipment; comprehensive energy management plans; and installation of energy management information systems.
- Strategic Energy Management Program: offers funding and support to build long-term energy and cost savings in a business.
- Small Business Rebates: small businesses may benefit from rebates on high quality, efficient equipment, and programs that identify energy saving opportunities. Products include: energy-efficient lighting and lighting control systems; energy-efficient heating systems; energy-efficient kitchen equipment.