Preparing for the Next Provincial General Election
Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada without a fixed election date. Elections Nova Scotia must anticipate the earliest date on which a provincial general election could be called and plan accordingly.
Elections Nova Scotia is currently working to be election ready by April 1, 2021. Given that the 40th provincial general election was held on May 30, 2017, the spring of 2022 is the latest possible time the 41st provincial general election could occur.
Elections Nova Scotia is an independent, non-partisan agency that is responsible for the administration of the Elections Act. Its mandate is to conduct provincial general elections and by-elections; ensure compliance with the provincial electoral law including the political financing regime; establish and maintain election-related information including the Nova Scotia Register of Electors; seek advice and conduct studies related to electoral processes; and, conduct electoral education processes.
New Electoral Boundaries
In the fall of 2019, House of Assembly legislated 55 electoral district boundaries
as recommended by the Electoral Boundaries Commission. These 55 new district boundaries come into force for the next provincial general election (41st).
Please follow this link for maps of the 55 new electoral district boundaries.
A map of each electoral district is also available using the links in the chart below.
Any by-elections taking place prior to the 41st provincial general election will be based on the 51 electoral district boundaries defined in 2012.
The new 55 electoral district boundaries also required new returning officer appointments. The new appointments are in place and more information can be found on the Returning Officer page.
Find Your Electoral District
Follow this link to find your electoral district for the 41st Provincial General Election in the new 55 electoral districts.
Any by-elections taking place prior to the next provincial general election will be based on the 51 boundaries defined in 2012. The current members of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly were elected on these 51 boundaries. Follow this link to find your MLA and current electoral district in the 51 electoral boundaries.
On February 21, 2020, legislative amendments to the Elections Act were tabled in the House of Assembly in Bill 225.
These amendments improve transparency and clarify processes for electors and candidates, loosen current operational restrictions by simplifying electoral administration and provide financial support for candidates who incur additional costs for childcare, elder care, spousal care, or disability.
Bill 225 received Royal Assent during the spring 2020 session of the House of Assembly, the changes will come into effect when it is proclaimed by Executive Council. Please following this link for more information on the legislative changes in Bill 225.
Elections Nova Scotia has some new policies in place which will apply to candidates in the 41st provincial general election. These include the following:
Conducting a Safe Election - COVID-19 Precautions
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique challenge to Election Nova Scotia’s election readiness planning. Staff are working with the Chief Medical Officer of Health to determine what infection control precautions are needed to ensure the safety and confidence of voters, election workers, candidates, and their campaign teams during the next provincial general election. Elections Nova Scotia is committed to planning for the safe delivery of a fair and inclusive election. More information on the precautions that will be in place for the next provincial elections will be posted as the final plans are determined.
Candidates that are planning to run in the next provincial general election must register with Elections Nova Scotia before they can receive a contribution or transfer, or incurred an expense. Candidate may register at any time. Please see the
Candidate and Official Agent page for more information on how to register.
Candidates that are currently registered for the pending 41st provincial general election are listed in the electoral district chart below.
Registered Political Party Abbreviations
Follow this link for more information on the registered political parties in Nova Scotia.
Atlantica - Atlantica Party Association of Nova Scotia
Green - Green Party of Nova Scotia
NDP - Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
NSLP - Nova Scotia Liberal Party
PC - Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia
Electoral District Maps and Registered Candidates
The following chart provides the names of candidates currently registered in each electoral district as well as a link to a map of the electoral district boundaries. Candidate names will be added as they register.
|Electoral District||Registered Candidates
(Names will be added as registration is received)
|Electoral District Map|
|1. Annapolis||Electoral District Map 01|
|2. Antigonish||Electoral District Map 02|
|3. Argyle||Electoral District Map 03|
|4. Bedford Basin||Electoral District Map 04|
|5. Bedford South||Electoral District Map 05|
|6. Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier||Electoral District Map 06|
|7. Cape Breton East||Electoral District Map 07|
|8. Chester-St. Margaret's||Electoral District Map 08|
|9. Clare||Electoral District Map 09|
|10. Clayton Park West||Electoral District Map 10|
|11. Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley||Electoral District Map 11|
|12. Colchester North||Electoral District Map 12|
|13. Cole Harbour||Electoral District Map 13|
|14. Cole Harbour-Dartmouth||Electoral District Map 14|
|15. Cumberland North||Electoral District Map 15|
|16. Cumberland South||Electoral District Map 16|
|17. Dartmouth||Tim Halman, PC||Electoral District Map 17|
|18. Dartmouth North||Electoral District Map 18|
|19. Dartmouth South||Electoral District Map 19|
|20. Digby-Annapolis||Electoral District Map 20|
|21. Eastern Passage||Barb Adams, PC||Electoral District Map 21|
|22. Eastern Shore||Electoral District Map 22|
|23. Fairview-Clayton Park||Electoral District Map 23|
|24. Glace Bay-Dominion||John White, PC||Electoral District Map 24|
|25. Guysborourgh-Tracadie||Electoral District Map 25|
|26. Halifax Armdale||Electoral District Map 26|
|27. Halifax Atlantic||Electoral District Map 27|
|28. Halifax Chebucto||Electoral District Map 28|
|29. Halifax Citadel-Sable Island||Electoral District Map 29|
|30. Halifax Needham||Electoral District Map 30|
|31. Hammonds Plains-Lucasville||Electoral District Map 31|
|32. Hants East||Electoral District Map 32|
|33. Hants West||Melissa Sheehy-Richard, PC||Electoral District Map 33|
|34. Inverness||Electoral District Map 34|
|35. Kings North||John Lohr, PC||Electoral District Map 35|
|36. Kings South||Electoral District Map 36|
|37. Kings West||Electoral District Map 37|
|38. Lunenburg||Electoral District Map 38|
|39. Lunenburg West||Electoral District Map 39|
|40. Northside Westmount||Electoral District Map 40|
|41. Pictou Centre||Pat Dunn, PC||Electoral District Map 41|
|42. Pictou East||Tim Houston, PC||Electoral District Map 42|
|43. Pictou West||Electoral District Map 43|
|44. Preston||Electoral District Map 44|
|45. Queens||Electoral District Map 45|
|46. Richmond||Trevor Boudreau, PC||Electoral District Map 46|
|47. Sackville-Cobequid||Steve Craig, PC||Electoral District Map 47|
|48. Sackville-Uniacke||Electoral District Map 48|
|49. Shelburne||Electoral District Map 49|
|50. Sydney-Membertou||Electoral District Map 50|
|51. Timberlea-Prospect||Electoral District Map 51|
|52. Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River||Dave Ritcey, PC||Electoral District Map 52|
|53. Victoria-The Lakes||Electoral District Map 53|
|54. Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank||Electoral District Map 54|
|55. Yarmouth||Electoral District Map 55|