05/02/2012 04:05 EDT | Updated 07/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Changes would allow property sales prices to be published in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX - People in Nova Scotia would have access to information showing how much properties sold for under legislation proposed today by the provincial government.

As it stands, Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that does not allow the information to be published, except on a limited basis.

Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell says the change to the Municipal Government Act would make property sales more transparent.

MacDonell has also introduced amendments to the Assessment Act that would give homeowners more time to appeal property assessments.

Appeals must be filed within 21 days after assessment notices are mailed, but the change would extend the deadline to 31 days.

The government says it is aiming to have the changes in place next year.