Heritage Property Act
The purpose of the Heritage Property Act is to protect and encourage the continued use of cultural landscapes. A cultural landscape is one that represents “the combined work of nature and of people.”
By ministerial order, the Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage (“the Minister”) can create a Provincial Heritage Property.
Cabinet can appoint an Advisory Council on Heritage Property to provide advice to the Minister regarding Provincial Heritage Properties. Once a landscape is recommended for protection, it is temporarily protected for up to 120 days.
The Minister can cancel Provincial Heritage Properties by recommendation of the Advisory Council if the Property has either been destroyed or lost its heritage value.
Once protected, Provincial Heritage Property cannot be altered without Cabinet’s permission.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables (“the Minister”) is responsible for protecting and managing wildlife in Nova Scotia.
By Order in Council, Cabinet can create, increase or decrease the area of a Wildlife Sanctuary or Wildlife Management Area, or cancel it altogether. The Governor in Council has broad discretion to enact regulations outlining the activities that are allowed in these protected areas.
With Cabinet’s permission, the Minister can purchase or acquire land for a Wildlife Sanctuary or Wildlife Management Area and can enter into an agreement with “any society, group, organization, person or individual to jointly manage wildlife and habitats.