In June 2011, the Province of Nova Scotia passed the Energy Saving Roadway Lighting Act which was an amendment to the Energy Efficient Appliances Act (1991). The legislation pertained to the regulation of street lighting infrastructure within the Province of Nova Scotia and is intended to ensure the use of energy efficient streetlights throughout the Province. 

In 2015 the Town of Pictou entered into a contract to replace approximately 525 streetlights with Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures in accordance with the Energy Efficiency Appliances Act 2011. This represented 100 percent of street lights that were currently leased from Nova Scotia Power. With this contract, the Town assumed full ownership of streetlights and is responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the infrastructure.

 What to do if a street light is not working:

  • Contact the Town of Pictou at 902-485-4372 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to report the non-working streetlight (having the pole number or closest civic address/location description is helpful)
  • The Town will take your information and determine if it is a town-owned streetlight or if it is maintained by Nova Scotia Power.
  • If it is owned by the Town of Pictou, its contractors will be notified and a repair request will be submitted. Repair time depends on availability of contractors and the availability of equipment.
  • If it is maintained by Nova Scotia Power, the homeowner will be asked to contact NSP directly.