The Department of Business and Consumer Services was established in 1996, taking over responsibility for consumer affairs from the former Department of Housing and Consumer Affairs. The new department's mandate included the registry of motor vehicles, registry of joint stock companies, provincial tax commissioner, deputy registrar general (vital statistics), consumer and commercial relations, financial institutions, Access Nova Scotia, government bookstore and public enquiries service. The department was intended to provide better, faster and more responsive customer-focused service to clients in all parts of the province. In 2000 the Departments of Business and Consumer Services and Housing and Municipal Affairs were replaced by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Notes: Authority record based on Orders in Council 96-215 (28 Mar. 1996), 2000-485 (28 Sept. 2000); Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1996 c. 8, 2001 c. 4.
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