What is a statute of limitations?
Every province in Canada has a law ((statute) that sets time limits for how long a plaintiff has to file a claim. This type of legislation generally referred to as a statute of limitations although it goes by a different name in various provinces. In Nova Scotia it is called the Limitation of Actions Act.
In September of 2015, the legislature significantly changed Nova Scotia’s Limitation of Actions Act. The changes significantly reduced the amount of time that plaintiffs have to file various claims. You can read more about it here.
The changes to the statute of limitations, in particular the shortened limitation periods, raised the potential that claims that would not have been barred under the old act could run out of time under the new Limitation of Actions Act.