In the province of a little under a million people, there are an average of 286 pedestrian injuries and seven pedestrian deaths each year due to collisions, according to provincial figures.
So Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan decided to make some changes. He took a slew of traffic charges for drivers and pedestrians and raised them all to the same price — $697.50 for a first offence.
"The idea behind that was we would send the message that it is a shared responsibility. So everyone, regardless of pedestrian or driver, everyone would be subject to the same fines," he told BuzzFeed Canada.
Under this system, a driver failing to yield to a pedestrian will be ticketed the same amount as someone who crosses the street during a "don't walk" light.
MacLellan insists he's not trying to target pedestrians, but to prevent injuries. He says police will use their discretion and only give out tickets if a pedestrian jaywalks in a dangerous way.
"The whole idea behind this is that it's going to be a deterrent," he said.
"The dollar amount is almost irrelevant to me, in the sense that we don't want people doing this."
In Nova Scotia it's actually legal to cross a street as long as no cars are nearby. But you could be ticketed if a car is coming or if you cross at a crosswalk while a countdown or don't walk sign is flashing.