Information on this site about the mining and quarry industry’s regulatory regime has been summarized to help promote greater understanding of the industry. For more details, please contact the Government of Nova Scotia departments listed below, or visit the following links:

Department of the Environment

Guide to Surface Coal Mine Reclamation

Pit and Quarry Guidelines -

Environmental Assessments -

Water Withdrawal Approvals -

Industrial Approvals -

Department of Natural Resources, Mineral Resources Branch
Community Consultation: A Guide for Prospectors and Mineral Exploration Companies Working in Nova Scotia

Department of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Division

Mining Association of Nova Scotia

See the updated Economic Impact of the Mineral Industry in Nova Scotia report here:

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