Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard

Joanne Bernard says she wants to make sure taxpayers are getting the best service possible. (CBC)

Nova Scotia's community services minister has launched a review of every non-profit organization that gets funding from her department.

Joanne Bernard says she wants to make sure the money is going to the right place for the right reasons.

She told the legislature Thursday morning she's asking organizations a couple of key questions.

"What is the work that you do and what difference does it make to the people you serve? Those are two reasonable questions I will be asking of every organization that receives funding from this department so that at the end of the day vulnerable Nova Scotians get the best services they deserve and the taxpayers of Nova Scotia have the best use of very scarce funding," she said.

Bernard says she's concerned a number of organizations have been getting funding for years without a real evaluation of how effective those organizations are at delivering services.

Bernard says there is about $10 million to $12 million in discretionary funding that is given to hundreds of organizations across the province.

She says the review should take about six months to complete.

With files from the Canadian Press