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The World Health Organization study of burden of disease ranks alcohol second only to tobacco out of 26 risk factors for death, disease and disability.

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Welcome to Injury Free Nova Scotia

Welcome to the Injury Free Nova Scotia website.  

The province of Nova Scotia is vibrant and diverse, in its landscape, its weather and its people. We live in communities from urban and rural to something in-between.  Across this province we pursue unique life paths but are united in wanting health and happiness for ourselves, our families and friends, our communities and our province.

We live in this place together, a network of communities, each dealing with unique opportunities and challenges.  When communities are healthy they are invested in the wellness of others as well as themselves, and they work together to create an environment that is positive and healthy for all.  

We see supporting healthy communities as fundamental to our work.

"We need community action and policies to support healthy communities."
                                                                                                                          - Mark Hyman

jenna'slucycarseatWho We Are
Injury Free Nova Scotia is a provincial association (not-for-profit) committed to eliminating serious and preventable injuries in Nova Scotia.  We know that most incidents referred to as "accidents" that injure and claim the lives of our loved ones are in fact very preventable. We also know that to address our increasing health care costs we need to invest in prevention as well as in treatment.  Doing this work well requires working respectfully together with diverse groups within the realm of health and beyond.  We see our role as that of a positive change agent, - helping to build healthy public policy that will lessen injuries and save lives. We also see a role in bringing people together to inform, engage and mobilize them towards positive change.   

bbfinalHow do we do this?
We do this first through engaging health care professionals and researchers to share current and credible evidence on the causes of preventable injuries in this province and identify trends.  We then work with diverse stakeholder groups to incorporate community-level experience of the issue, assess current policies and determine policy changes that evidence indicates will impact most positively on injury levels.  Through then informing and engaging Nova Scotians to advocate with us for these policy changes, we work in partnership provincially to help create a safer province in which to work, play and explore.

Injury Free Nova Scotia appreciates being a part of a broader provincial health promotion network, reflecting injury prevention's important role in promoting overall good health for all Nova Scotians. 


The IFNS Annual General Meeting will be held as follows:
Date/Time:  Friday, June 22, 2018 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Location:     The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service, Classroom 
                  51 Garland Avenue, Dartmouth


Our focus in the upcoming legalization of cannabis remains to support legalization while advocating for those regulations that will safeguard children and youth and our broader population.
                 (Legalization yes,    Commercialization no.)

Please click on this website's "cannabis" tab to find out more about our organization's position and some of the credible evidence that supports it.

***Our most recent addition to the website (April 2018) is the Nova Scotia Cannabis Prevalence Infographic.

If you want to know more about our organization and the work that we do, contact Shirley Burdock CLICK HERE