The Nova Scotia Personal Property Registry (PPR) provides access to register and search personal property security notices.
If you want full access to PPRS you will need to sign up for an ACOL client account. An account will provide you with one or more user IDs and passwords in order to login to PPRS. You can use an account to access the Nova Scotia PPR and all other ACOL PPRS jurisdictions.
If you do not have an account, you have three options:
- Use the Lien Check Service. Lien Check supports serial number searching only and requires a valid credit card.
- Pay a value-added service provider to access the PPR for you: find a value-added service provider to help you.
- Sign up for a NS Judgment Client Account: This account is for those who need to register a Notice of Judgment, Claim or Order in Nova Scotia.
- Go to a regional Nova Scotia Land Registration Office: find a Nova Scotia Land Registration Office. Note: the NS LROs are temporarily closed. For the most up-to-date information on office closures in Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.
Note: For local access at a Land Registration Office, registry staff will assign a temporary user ID and password. You will be required to complete a PPR Walk-In Client Access Application. If you intend to register notices in the PPR, you will be required to show two pieces of identification. Your temporary user ID will be assigned on a daily basis and will be revoked upon payment for your PPR transactions. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, or money order.
For all matters pertaining to ACOL PPRS please contact the Client Support Centre (CSC). When required, CSC staff will refer your questions or concerns to an appropriate government contact person.
|Government department or agency responsible for Nova Scotia PPR:|
Responsible for policy and legislation:
Service Nova Scotia
Responsible for online services and customer support:
Service Nova Scotia
Access Nova Scotia
|Government PPR website:||Nova Scotia government PPR website|
|Contact information:||Access Nova Scotia contact page|
|PPR Product Description:||Nova Scotia PPR Product Description|
The PPR Product Description is included by reference within the Terms and Conditions for access to ACOL PPRS. In addition to formally describing the service, it includes sections on Access Conditions, Limitation, Indemnity and Disclaimer.
The Nova Scotia Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) became effective 3 November 1997. The links below will take you to copies of the Act and Regulations on the Government of Nova Scotia website:
Search – The following topics are particularly important when performing a search. Section numbers refer to the Nova Scotia PPSA General Regulations.
- Definitions – Section 2
- Searches and search results – Section 11
- Individual debtor name – Section 20
- Enterprise debtor name – Section 21
- Serial numbered collateral – Section 25
Registration – The following topics are particularly important when performing a registration. Section numbers refer to the Nova Scotia PPSA General Regulations.
- Definitions – Section 2
- Responsibility of registrants – Sections 6 to 7
- Debtor information – Sections 19 to 21
- Secured party information – Section 22
- Use of secured party numbers – Section 5
- Collateral information – Sections 23 to 25
- PPSA Financing Statement – Part III, Sections 15 to 27
- Notice of Appointment of Receiver – Part IV, Sections 28 to 36
- Creditors’ Relief Act Notice of Judgment – Part V, Sections 37 to 46
- Creditors’ Relief Act Notice of Claim – Part VI, Sections 47 to 55
- Matrimonial Property Act Notice of Order – Part VII, Sections 56 to 65
- Renewals, discharges, re-registrations and amendments – Part VIII, Sections 66 to 79
- Security interests in fixtures and crops – Part IX, Sections 80 to 82
The following Nova Scotia Personal Property Registry fees are specified in detail in subsection 44A of the Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) and Part X of the Personal Property Security Act General Regulations.
|Registrations||1 - 25 years||initial fee||$26.50|
|plus for each year of the period||$9.25 per year|
|Renew a registration||1 - 25 years||each year of the period||$9.25|
|Discharge a registration||No fee|
|Re-register a registration under subsection 36(7) PPSA||No fee|
|Amend a registration||$12.45|
|Effect a global change of multiple registrations||$623.00|
|Search the registry||$8.75 per search|
Effective date: 1 April 2015
For all PPRS-related news go to the PPRS News page.
For client application and account management forms go to ACOL PPRS Information Kit files.
|Searching the Personal Property Registry||A very helpful document for searching the PPR.|
|Nova Scotia PPR Information Guide||A three-page introduction to the service suitable for printing.|
|Atlantic Personal Property Newsletter - Oct 2001||A newsletter jointly published by the four Atlantic Provinces in 2001 including additional guidance and suggestions for ACOL PPRS users.|
|Nova Scotia government PPR website||Government website that may contain additional news and information.|
|Understanding your Lien Check Search Result Report||A two-page description to help you better understand your Lien Check search result report.|
People registering or searching in the Personal Property Registry may also have need to access one of the following other property-related registries.
|General Description of the Registry|
Registry Link (opens in a new tab)
|Land Registry description|
|Motor Vehicle Registry description|
|Corporate Registry description|
Real property registries are provincial and territorial systems with names like Land Registry, Land Registration System, Land Title System, and Registry of Deeds. These systems record the current and past owners of the land, including transfers of ownership. These systems also record interests in land such as mortgages and judgments.
There are personal property security interests which must be registered in both the land registry and the Personal Property Registry, for example: crops and fixtures (such as structures temporarily attached to land).
Unlike the land registry, PPRS does not provide definitive information about the ownership of property. A “security interest” is not the same as ownership.
Motor vehicle registries are provincial and territorial systems that record vehicle ownership and operator licensing information.
Motor vehicle registries are very important tools for determining where in Canada a vehicle is located (registered). When a debtor or collateral move from one jurisdiction to another, it may be necessary for an additional PPRS registration to be created in the new jurisdiction.
Unlike motor vehicle registries, Personal Property Registries do not define the ownership of the motor vehicle. A “security interest” is not the same as ownership. For example, the person (debtor) listed in the registration may have been a co-signor on a loan or may have already sold the vehicle.
In the United States, motor vehicle registries also record liens as part of a vehicle “title”. As a result, some people from the USA will approach the motor vehicle registry instead of the Personal Property Registry for information about security interests. This is not applicable in Canada.
Corporate registries are provincial and territorial systems that record the legal name and key pertinent information for corporate entities. Registries may also include other entities such as registered partnerships, associations, syndicates and joint ventures.
Accurate names are very important in PPRS. When a debtor or secured party is a corporation, the corporate registry is a definitive source for an accurate name.
In some jurisdictions around the world, the corporate or company registry is also a place to record “charges” against a company’s assets. This is not applicable in Canada. Instead, if pertaining to personal property, such “charges” would be registered as security interests in the Personal Property Registry.
Take a look at the statistics for PPRS, including:
- active registrations on the stated date
- registration and search transaction volumes
- number of registrations by collateral type
- percentage of new registrations containing at least one of the listed registration elements
The fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st.