• Recent News Announcements & Information

Recent News Announcements & Information

To keep you informed throughout this ongoing pandemic, CANS has compiled the latest COVID-19 information and its impact on the construction industry.

CANS COVID-19 Email Communication to CANS Members

COVID-19 Updated for CANS Members – October 14, 2022

Archived CANS COVID-19 Email Communications to CANS Members

COVID-19 Provincial Government News Updates

COVID-19 – Provincial News Releases & Information – March 2022

Archived COVID-19 Updates

Resource — COVID-19 Protocols for Office Workspaces

Ask us a Question

We know many of you have questions and concerns about the impact COVID-19 is having on your business. Please keep us informed to help us advocate on your behalf. Email your questions to questions@cans.ns.ca

  • COVID-19 Restrictions

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

Canada Has Lifted All COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Effective October 1, 2022, the Government of Canada has removed all COVID-19 entry restrictions, including testing, quarantine, and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada.

In addition to the above, travellers, regardless of citizenship, will no longer have to:

  • Submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website.
  • Provide proof of vaccination.
  • Monitor and report signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrivial.

Transport Canada is also removing existing travel requirements. As of October 1, 2022, travellers will no longer be required to:

  • Undergo health checks for travel on air and rail; or
  • Wear masks on planes and trains.
Guidance for Canadians Travelling Internationally

The Government of Canada still encourages Canadians travelling abroad to practise enhanced health precautions. Click here to view Canada’s COVID-19 and International Travel notices.

  • Nova Scotia’s Immunization Plan

COVID-19 Vaccines
Appointments and Eligibility

Everyone aged 6 months and older is eligible for a primary COVID-19 vaccine series in Nova Scotia. Most people require 2 doses to complete their primary series. People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised require 3 doses to complete their primary series.

You can book an appointment for yourself or someone else (like a parent, grandparent or child). You can also book an appointment if you’re eligible for an additional dose or booster dose. Most appointments need to be booked in advance. You may also be able to go to a drop-in clinic without an appointment.

BOOK NOW: Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment here.

Booster Doses

The Province has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster doses. Booster doses are administered at least 168 days after the primary series. People who received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or the one-dose Janssen vaccine are still eligible to schedule a booster dose of mRNA vaccine.

LEARN MORE: Read more about booster dose eligibility.

Fall Dose for Everyone Aged 12 and Older:

Everyone aged 12 years and older who has completed their primary series will be eligible to receive a fall dose of COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of the number of booster doses already received, so long as the minimum number of days has passed since their last COVID-19 vaccine.

Public Health recommends that people aged 18 years of age and older receive a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine for their fall dose rather than the original vaccine. Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is currently the only bivalent vaccine available.

BOOK YOUR FALL DOSE: Find available appointments here.

  • Useful Links & Resources

Provincial & Federal Government


Find out the latest from the Public Health Agency of Canada including the current situation, risk to Canadians and how Canada is monitoring COVID-19

Health & Safety

Government of Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia provincial government has compiled guidance and resources for employers and employees on how to keep workplaces safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.This includes:

Government of Canada

Mental Health & Addictions Services
  • If you’re experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or are concerned about someone who is, the Provincial Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free: 1-888-429-8167
  • Crisis Text Line is available for adults who are going through a difficult time and need someone to text with. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text NSSTRONG to 741741.
  • If you or a family member needs help, you can self-refer to a mental health or addictions clinic, service or program through the Nova Scotia Health Authority or IWK Health Centre. Call toll-free: 1-855-922-1122 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
  • For non-emergency advice and information about mental health and addictions, call 811.
  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a free and confidential online resource with interactive activities and videos for people facing mental health challenges. It includes activities on a variety of topics, and you can choose which ones you want to explore.
  • Wellness Together Canada is an online tool that connects you with support, resources and counselling for mental health and substance use.
  • Download The Working Mind COVID-19 Self-care & Resilience Guide (PDF).
Financial Support


The Sector Impact Support Program provides a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to help small business owners that have been impacted by the new province-wide public health restrictions. Applications will open early January 2022.

Nova Scotians who need to take time off work because of COVID-19 may qualify for up to four paid sick days through the COVID-19 Sick Leave Program. More details to come.


The Government of Canada has compiled resources to help you manage your business during COVID-19 and includes Resources for businesses, their employees and self‑employed individuals including financial support, loans and access to credit:

Support for businesses

The Local Lockdown Program is a way businesses, charities, and non-profits affected by a qualifying public health restriction can be eligible for wage and rent support through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP). You do not have to be in the tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation sectors to be eligible for this support.

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown.

Industry & Business
Resources From CANS Members