This Guide provides a basic overview of the legalities of establishing and operating a non-profit in Nova Scotia. This publication is a legal information guide only and should not replace advice from trusted advisors. 

Navigating the legal landscape of non-profits can be complicated and overwhelming. We hope this Guide will reduce the mystery and confusion around non-profit law and help individuals better understand the legal requirements that apply to their situation. 

This Guide focuses on Nova Scotia non-profits, but also touches on federal non-profits and the process of incorporating under federal law. 

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Terms that are bolded in this Guide are defined in the 'What do the words mean?' section.