Nova Scotia is repealing 16 laws including one that allows for the appointment of guardians for "habitual drunkards" declared by the courts to be incapable of managing their business affairs.
The provincial government says legislation such as the Inebriates' Guardianship Act is outdated and no longer reflects today's society.
The Narcotic Drugs Addicts Act, which allows the health minister to order people into treatment, would also be rescinded.
Another law to be removed is one that requires the branding of livestock.
Business Minister Mark Furey says his department plans to review more laws on the books.