Government of Nova Scotia Government of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia, Canada

Information Access and Privacy (FOIPOP)

The Information Management Division provides public access to Department of Education records and information, and protects the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by the Department, in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPOP Act) and other legislation. The Act strives for balance between an individual’s right to know and an individual’s right to privacy.

The FOIPOP Act supports the belief that every document, record or file held by the government, regardless of format, is subject to release to the general public. Specific and limited exemptions from disclosure are provided for in the Act to protect against the unreasonable invasion of personal privacy; to prevent unfair advantages occurring in commercial or government transactions; to protect law enforcement activities; and to safeguard the business conducted by government.

Please direct general inquiries to our Information Access and Privacy Coordinator using this secure online form.

Please direct requests for your own student transcript to the school you last attended. A Directory of Nova Scotia schools is available here.

Please direct requests for records held by Nova Scotia school boards to the Information Access and Privacy Administrator for the school board.


Access to Information Resources

Information Access and Privacy (FOIPOP), Nova Scotia Department of Justice
This site provides information on how to submit an application, time lines, fees, etc.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Regulations

Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act
Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act Regulations

Routine Access Policy
The Routine Access Policy is designed to provide members of the public with the opportunity to obtain certain categories of records without having to submit a Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act application.

Student Records Policy
The Student Records Policy provides clear direction to school boards, public schools, principals, and school educational/administrative staff regarding their roles for the completion, access, correction or removal of information, security, maintenance, storage, transfer, retention, and destruction of student records.

Privacy Policy
The Privacy Policy is designed to ensure that the Department of Education meets its legislated obligations in the management of personal information throughout its life cycle. This includes ensuring the protection of personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against such risks as unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal. The Privacy Breach Protocol outlines the steps to be taken in the event of a possible breach of personal privacy.

For more information, contact:

Information Access and Privacy Manager
Information Management Division
Nova Scotia Department of Education
P.O. Box 578
2021 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 2S9
Phone: 902-424-5295
Fax: 902-424-0519