healthNova Scotia's Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) sets out rules to protect the privacy of personal health information, and for the collection, use, disclosure, retention and destruction of personal health information.

Click here for information about PHIA from Nova Scotia's Department of Health & Wellness, or call their Privacy & Access Office at:

902-424-5419 or

PHIA also sets out rules about your right to:

  • access your personal health information;
  • ask for corrections if your health information has errors or is out-of-date;
  • make a complaint and request a review if you are refused access to, or correction of, your health information, or if you feel a custodian has not followed the rules under PHIA;
  • in certain situations, access the personal health information of a person who has died.

The law aims to balance your privacy rights with the needs of health care providers to share information to provide health care.

Last updated: December 2015
This information is not intended to replace legal advice from a lawyer. If you have a legal problem or need legal advice you should speak to a lawyer.