Make an impact by joining an agency, council or commission


Applications are now open for government agencies, boards and commissions, providing Nova Scotians the opportunity to make an impact in areas such as health care, education, environment, policing and culture.

The application deadline for some opportunities is November 22. Applications for many other positions are accepted year-round.

“Nova Scotians can help shape their communities and make impactful change by joining an agency, board or commission,” said Pat Dunn, minister responsible for the voluntary sector. “Volunteers are central to the growth and development of our province. They bring new ideas and create new possibilities for everyone.

There are over 180 agencies, boards and commissions in Nova Scotia, established by government to provide advice and support in specific areas.

Candidates are considered on the basis of their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of each agency, council or commission. To increase the diversity of agencies, boards and commissions, nominations are encouraged from youth, women, Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous peoples, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, people with disabilities, Nova Scotia Acadians, immigrants and newcomers. , and people from the 2SLGBTIQA+ community.

More information and applications are available at or by calling 1-866-206-6844 (toll free).

Fast facts:

  • applications will be considered for current and upcoming vacancies
  • Nova Scotians can apply and track the progress of their applications by creating a profile in the online application system.
  • generally, appointees are reimbursed for their expenses and, in some cases, receive a modest amount for their services



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