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Laws & Policies

There are many laws in Nova Scotia that you may not be accustomed to and should be aware of. Here are some that are most important for you to know:


The Smoke-free Places Act requires that all indoor workplaces and public places be smoke-free. The Tobacco Access Act prevents tobacco vendors from selling tobacco to anyone under 19 years of age.


The legal drinking age in Nova Scotia is 19 years old. It is against the law to carry an open bottle of alcohol or drink in public (such as in a park or walking along the street) or to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 19. It is also illegal to drive when under the influence of alcohol.


Nova Scotia has garbage, recycling and composting programs that are among the best in the country. It just takes a little time to learn what goes in a blue bag, garbage bag and green cart and when it should be placed out for collection. For more information visit: http://novascotia.ca/nse/waste/muncollection.asp

There is also a ‘What Goes Where?’ smartphone app for the city of Halifax that will help residents separate their garbage, compost and recycling and remind residents of collection days.


NSCC encourages students and employees to be aware of others who may suffer allergies or sensitivities to fragrances found in perfumes, colognes, hair sprays, deodorants, after shave lotions, skin creams and many other personal grooming products. The use of strongly scented products at our campuses is discouraged in consideration of others who may have medical allergies or sensitivities to manufactured scents.