Overview of Nova Scotia Provincial Elections
The 41st Nova Scotia general election will be held when the provincial government passes “an Order in Council calling an election” to elect members to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The Nova Scotia Elections Act does not provide for fixed election dates, however the House of Assembly Act requires that no assembly may continue for longer than five years and forty days after the issuing of writs for the previous election (April 30, 2017) and section 4 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms limits the terms of all provincial legislative assemblies to five years from the date fixed for the return of the writs for the previous election. This makes an election likely for 2022, but the House of Assembly may be dissolved by the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia due to a motion of no confidence or if the premier requests a snap election.
Who Can Vote
Who Can Run
To be officially nominated as a candidate, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen,
- be 18 years or older, and
- not be disqualified or ineligible to be a candidate under the Elections Act, the House of Assembly Act, or any other act to be a candidate or a member of the House of Assembly.
Nominations are accepted after an election is called.Elections Nova Scotia will publish the name of the candidate and their agent, when the nomination documents are accepted.
How to Vote
If you are a Nova Scotia student attending an educational institution, you can vote either in your ordinary residence polling division or at the polling division associated with your residence while going to school. Get more details here: Student Voting.
Please contact your local Returning Officer (find your returning officer) for more information.
There are no registered black candidates in this election yet. Be the first to put your name forward! Check the provincial Election Authority website to find out how to become a candidate.
Don’t see your name in the Candidates list?
If you are running as a candidate in this election and you are not included in the list above, please submit your candidate information to us and we will add you to the list.