The province is taking steps to prepare for the phasing out of the penny on Feb. 4.
HALIFAX – Effective Feb. 4, the federal government is phasing out the penny. Nova Scotians using cash to pay for government fees will be effected by the change.
If pennies are not available, Access Nova Scotia centres and all other government offices, will round up or down as follows:
-- final amounts ending in .01 or .02 will be rounded down to .00
-- final amounts ending in .03 or .04 will be rounded up to .05
-- final amounts ending in .06 or .07 will be rounded down to .05
-- final amounts ending in .08 or .09 will be rounded up to .10
Rounding guidelines apply to cash transactions only. Electronic payments will continue to use exact amounts.
The penny will still be considered legal tender and will continue to be accepted for payment and offered as change, if available. Future changes to government fees and charges will end in five-cent increments.