Coastal Protection Act Information

Last updated March 24, 2021

The Coastal Protection Act has been established by the Nova Scotia Government to help protect natural ecosystems. 

An information page with additional resources is available click here.


Engineers Nova Scotia has been active in working with Nova Scotia Environment during the consultation process, and continues to seek input and feedback from engineers who work in the area of coastal engineering.


An article discussing the legislation was in the 2019 issue of The Engineer, and is available click here.   There was also an article in the Chronicle Herald on October 22, 2020, available click here.


A consultation and feedback session was hosted by Nova Scotia Environment on March 15, 2021, to provide additional information regarding the Act and Regulations, and the Coastal Erosion Risk Assessment (CERFA) tool being developed by CBCL Ltd.. Over 15 members attended this online session, and provided feedback on the tool and processes being developed. A copy of the information session presentation (not including the CERFA tool as it is still under development) is available click here. 


Engineers are encouraged to review information related to the Coastal Protection Act, and to provide additional feedback, questions, or concerns to John Somers, Executive Lead, Coastal Protection Act, at


You can also contact Kris Dove, FEC, MBA, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer, at to discuss the Coastal Protection Act and its impact on engineers and engineering, or for any other Professional Practice related issues.