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Amendments to Civil Service Act

The Public Service Commission is updating and modernizing the Civil Service Act for better human resource management and immigration support.

Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis introduced the amendments today, April 2.

“Nova Scotians expect to have an efficient civil service that effectively delivers the programs and services they depend on,” said Mr.

Kousoulis. “By getting rid of red tape, hiring barriers and confusing language, we are creating a more efficient civil service that is better able to deliver services to Nova Scotians.”

Changes to the act will clarify the authorities of deputy ministers to improve day-to-day operations in departments.

Amendments will also remove a preference for hiring Canadian residents and require that immigrants only have authorization to work in Canada instead of permanent residence or citizenship.

“These changes promote diversity,” said Colin Dodds, premier’s advisor on immigration, and president and vice-chancellor of Saint Mary’s University. “Making it easier for new Nova Scotians to join the civil service complements our efforts to welcome more skilled immigrants to the province.”

There are also housekeeping changes among the amendments.

Source: Release

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