The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial cooperative agency established in 1975 by joint agreement among the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland,  Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

The agreement provided for the creation of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority and authorized it to provide educational services, programs, and opportunities for persons from birth to 21 years of age with low incidence sensory impairments.  This includes children and youth who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired and who are residents of Atlantic Canada.

The APSEA Agreement is the only one of its kind in Canada, and as such, may serve as a model for service delivery at a regional level.  Operational costs are shared among the four provinces.

Board of Directors

APSEA is governed by a Board of Directors of 12 persons, three from each province.  The Deputy Minister of Education from each province is a permanent member of the Board.  The two additional members from each province are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council for two-year terms.  The board is responsible for overall planning and policy.

Mission Statement

We provide quality services and supports, in collaboration with our partners, to meet the educational needs of children and youth from birth to 21 who are blind/visually impaired (BVI) and/or deaf/hard of hearing (DHH).


We are a support for families and the public school system in the education of children and youth with sensory loss. Our professional commitment focuses on providing, through best practice and in the most natural environments possible, comprehensive educational opportunities, which lead to the highest potential for independence, self-sufficiency and productive, fulfilling lives.

Guiding Principles

Key organizational principles guide the design, implementation and evaluation of educational services. We are:

  • child- and family-centered
  • individualized, leading to student success
  • collaborative, involving the student, family, teachers and other professionals
  • supportive of independence and self-advocacy
  • committed to equality of educational opportunity
  • research and evidence-based
  • accountable for learning outcomes
  • guided by provincial policies, procedures and guidelines
  • future-focused, flexible and innovative

Contact Details:

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority
5940 South Street Halifax, NS
B3H 1S6

Phone: (902) 424-8500 (Voice/TTY)
Fax: (902) 423-8700
E-mail: apsea@apsea.ca

Aerial View of APSEA

APSEA Locator Map
Image Courtesy of Jim Haliburton

APSEA on Google Maps

APSEA Locator Map

APSEA is a cooperative agency between the Provincial Departments of Education of
 New Brunswick,   Nova Scotia,   Newfoundland &  Prince Edward Island 
Located at 5940 South Street Halifax, NS, B3H 1S6