Nova Scotia Bioeconomy Sites websites use cookies, which are small pieces of data that web pages place on computers to assist in tracking activity on our websites.

This information helps us identify what visitors are interested in, so that we may continually work towards providing useful and relevant content. It is possible to change the settings on a web browser to deny cookies or to warn when cookies will be deposited.

Our privacy and cookies notice will appear at the bottom of our site the first time you visit, and you will be prompted to review our privacy statement and cookies notice. Clicking the “X” and / or continuing to use the website indicates your consent to accept our cookies.

For general information on what cookies are, and how to control them on your computer, see the Nova Scotia Government Cookies Information page which applies to Nova Scotia Bioeconomy Sites websites.

Based on an audit of our site using, our Nova Scotia Bioeconomy Sites website has a privacy impact score (PIS) of “B”, which indicates a below-average use of potentially privacy-intrusive technologies.

HTTP Cookies & Privacy Attributes

Cookie Yes Consent (Necessary)
Duration: 1 year
CookieYes sets this cookie to remember users’ consent preferences so that their preferences are respected on their subsequent visits to this site. It does not collect or store any personal information of the site visitors.

RECAPTCHA (Necessary)
Duration: 6 months
Google reCAPTCHA sets a necessary cookie (_GRECAPTCHA) when executed for the purpose of providing its risk analysis.

WordPress Test Cookie (Functional)
Duration:  Session
Site testing and quality assurance.

Google Analytics (Analytics) – 2 cookies
Duration:  Session and 2 years
We use Google’s IP anonymization masking feature through Google Tag Manager.
Distinguishes unique identifiers given to each computer to allow traffic analysis. Data is only used in aggregate.
Learn more about Google Analytics cookie usage on websites.

Youtube (Analytics)
Duration:  Session and 2 years
YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.

Captcha (Performance)
Duration:  30 minutes
This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of the website.

Youtube – YSC (Advertisement)
Duration:  Session
YSC cookie is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages.

Youtube – Visitor Info Live (Advertisement)
Duration:  5 months 27 days
A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface.

Youtube – Remote Device ID and Remote Connected Devices (Advertisement)
Duration:  Never
YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.

Local Storage Objects

HTML5 LocalStorage is a client-side storage introduced by HTML5 and supported by all major browsers. Data stored there is not sent automatically by the browser (unlike HTTP cookies) but is accessible to JavaScript code permanently, until deleted by the application or cleaned manually by the user. These objects can be compared to first-party persistent cookies from a privacy point of view.