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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 help protect Canadians in the future.

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


We continue to analyze thousands of documents, conduct witness interviews, and review information to establish a factual basis for our work. This material is used to produce Foundational Documents and will be crucial to our public proceedings. We are working with Participants to review and gather input on draft Foundational Documents.

We appreciate the valuable feedback, input, and information gathered from our recent Open Houses in East Hants, Dartmouth, Debert, Truro, Millbrook, and Wentworth to inform our work. If you were unable to attend, you can download the Open House materials we shared, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Coming Up

We will be inviting people across Canada, and beyond, to share how the mass casualty directly or indirectly affected or continues to affect them. Before we do that, we want to understand how people would like to share their experiences through a short survey.

Public proceedings will begin January 25, 2022, at the Halifax Convention Centre.

As always, we continue to gather information from the public. No piece of information is too small. If you think you have something that may contribute to our work, please contact us.

Share your Experience

It is important for us to capture the ongoing and far-reaching effects of the mass casualty to help inform the findings and recommendations to make communities safer.


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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