04/15/2013 04:15 EDT | Updated 06/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia change would see spouses get pension after year together

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is amending its Pensions Benefits Act to clarify that it includes same-sex couples and those who are living together but are not married.

Labour Minister Frank Corbett says changes to language in the act are meant to ensure it remains inclusive and accurate.

Under the changes, couples would only have to live together for one year instead of two to be entitled to their partner's pension, or three years if either is still married to someone else.

The new amendments include changing the word marriage to relationship and expanding the definition of spouse.

The provincial government passed the new act in late 2011.