Police say Kevin Edward Clarke-McNeil, 33, is on foot and may be trying to get to Halifax.
An RCMP tweet late Friday evening indicated that he was incarcerated on serious criminal charges, including attempted murder, and that he is considered dangerous.
Police say anyone who sees Clarke-McNeil should not contact or approach him, but call 911.
Clarke-McNeil is white, five feet eight inches, 200 pounds, with long brown curly hair and a large beard. He has tattoos on both arms.
Police said he was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, but no shirt.
According to the Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Clarke-McNeil is from Ontario and was on remand at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Center on several counts, including attempted murder , forcible confinement, serious assault, armed assault and resistance / obstruction of a peace. officer.
In a press release, the ministry said it had been detained at the facility since December 2019 and escaped between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The ministry said anyone who knows Clarke-McNeil’s whereabouts should call 911 or local law enforcement.
Corrections will conduct a full review of the incident, the ministry said.