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The independent public inquiry into the April 2020 Nova Scotia mass casualty

About the Mass Casualty Commission

The Commission is an independent public inquiry created to examine the April 18-19, 2020 mass casualty in Nova Scotia and to provide meaningful recommendations to keep communities safe in the future.

The Commission is mandated to report its findings and make recommendations by November 2022.


Our consultation survey asking community members about their preferences for sharing their experience has closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are reviewing your responses to determine the best way for people to share their experiences with the Commission in the weeks ahead.

Commission counsel have been meeting with Participants’ counsel over the past few months to review draft Foundational Documents and identify any gaps or errors to ensure these are as accurate as possible before they are shared publicly.

We are monitoring the COVID situation and will continue to follow all public health protocols. See our COVID-19 protocols here.

Coming Up

In February 2022, we will begin our public proceedings to share what we have learned to date about what happened during the April 2020 mass casualty. This work will give us the foundation upon which to explore the broader context and issues in our mandate in order to make recommendations to keep communities safer. The schedule of the Commission’s proceedings, including dates, times, and information about when Foundational Documents are expected to be shared with the public, can be found here.

During the public hearings, we will share Foundational Documents with the public. You can find a sample template of a Foundational Document as well as a list of Foundational Documents here. The public will be invited to share their experiences as we work to understand the far-reaching impacts of the mass casualty. We will provide more details in the coming weeks.

Foundational Documents

The Commission uses Foundational Documents to share its understanding of key facts and events leading up to and during the April 2020 mass casualty in Nova Scotia.


Why is it called the Mass Casualty Commission? Answers to frequently asked questions will be added here throughout the inquiry.

Wellness Supports

We know the nature of the events and issues we are investigating can be difficult, and we encourage you to consider the mental health and other wellness supports available.

The content on this website will be updated throughout the inquiry.

Some of the information within this website may be disturbing or upsetting for some visitors. This website deals with information about events that include gun and other violence, including gender-based violence and intimate partner violence. If you need to leave at any point, there is a “quick exit” button at the top of the website. This website also includes some suggested resources, should you be in need of support.

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