Join an agency, board, or commission

The biannual call for applications for Nova Scotia’s many agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs), which provide advice and services in a wide range of areas, including health, policing, agriculture, education, culture, environment, transportation, professional regulation, and more are now open.

Serving on one of the agencies, boards, or commissions can help you grow personally and professionally while making a real impact on your community.

The list of ABCs, details about what they do, and information on applying is available here.

Adjudicative ABCs have specific deadlines in the spring and fall of each year. The application deadline for Fall 2023 is November 21. Applications received after that date will be considered part of the next recruitment campaign.

All Nova Scotia residents are invited to apply and people from diverse communities are encouraged to apply so agencies, boards and commissions better reflect the province’s population.

You can find additional information about the different ABC profiles and what they do and how often they meet, as well as selection criteria and any payments members receive here.

The full list of ABCs which have vacancies can be found online. Please note that the list will change as vacancies are filled and others open unexpectedly.

How to apply:

  1. View the Online Applications System
  2. Select the ABC that interests you.
  3. Click the “Apply to this ABC” button to complete an application

If you’re applying online for the first time, you’ll need to create an account and a personal profile. You can save an application and finish it later if you don’t complete it in one session.

If you’ve previously submitted applications by email or mail, the system will link your profile and new applications to your previous records. You’ll be able to see your full history when you log in.

If you can’t submit an application online, or if you have any questions, or need to make changes to an application already submitted, you can contact the Executive Council Office for help.

After you submit your application:

The Executive Council Office will send you an email to confirm we’ve received your application and contact you if we need more information.

The department responsible for the ABC will contact you if you’re selected for appointment.

You can track the progress of your applications by logging into the online application system.