Nova Scotia is now posting the results of restaurant health inspections online.
The new website allows anyone to search for inspections that have been done since July 10. Users can search by establishment name or address, by town or by the date of the inspection. Results include any violations found and the action taken.It is also possible to generate a list of restaurants that have been closed or that have received warnings.
While it is not possible to do a bulk download into a spreadsheet or database, there is nothing to prevent a journalist from doing multiple searches and assembling the information into a database.
Unlike some jurisdictions that have implemented online disclosure systems, Nova Scotia chose not to introduce a colour-coding or grading system to explicitly identify restaurants with critical problems.