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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 determine what happened on April 18 and 19, 2020. This material is used to produce Foundational Documents.

We are reviewing the feedback, input, and information gathered from our recent Open Houses in Debert, Truro, Millbrook and Wentworth. If you were unable to attend, you can download the Open House materials we shared.

We are working with Participants to review and gather input on draft Foundational Documents.

Coming Up

Community engagement will continue through November and we will be gathering information on methods for the public to share their experience.

Public proceedings will begin January 26, 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.


The proceedings contribute to our fact-finding, research, policy, and analytical work.

Wellness Supports

Consider reviewing the mental health and wellness resources and supports available.


Why is it called the Mass Casualty Commission? Find answers to frequently asked questions.

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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