CANS 2019 Toromont Cat and Battlefield Equipment De-Icer

  • The CANS 2019 Toromont Cat and Battlefield Equipment De-Icer is Nova Scotia’s largest construction networking event and kicks off the upcoming construction season.
  • It’s a great way for attendees to celebrate the industry, expand your network, reward your employees and enjoy live entertainment.
  • 1,800 attendees | 250 construction-related companies | GREAT FOOD and GREAT PRIZES
  • Tickets are over 80% sold out.
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CANSTech2020 – the Construction Technology and Innovation Trade Show

After a successful inaugural event in 2018, the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) is pleased to announce CANSTech2020 – the Construction Technology and Innovation Trade Show. Teaming up again with our Presenting Sponsor Procore, we are excited to bring you another round of world-class speakers and some of the best innovations our industry has to offer. Join us on February 27th, 2020  at the Cunard Centre and follow along at for more information. #CANSTech

eBay Retail Revival

eBay Retail Revival Halifax: Stay local. Sell global. 

After a nationwide search, Halifax was selected based on the strength and diversity of its local retail community and the Halifax region’s robust support of small business. The application deadline to take part in this program is February 22, 2019.

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Infrastructure bank narrows gaze to more than a dozen projects, CEO says

he federal agency built to find new ways to pay for new Canadian infrastructure says it is deep in talks on over a dozen projects.

In the fall, officials with the Canada Infrastructure Bank had more than 120 meetings about more than 60 projects across the country, including some that came unsolicited from the private sector. The bank’s mission is to find ways to get private money to pay for public projects that will produce revenue, such as toll roads and transit systems and trade portals.

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Builders’ Lien Act Regulations Take Effect Today, June 30, 2017

The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) has been a strong advocate for positive change to legislation that effects our industry. Over the past several years, we have advocated for changes to the Builders’ Lien Act of Nova Scotia. With support from other industry groups and strong partnership with government, those efforts have paid off and significant changes to the Act and supporting regulations come into full force TODAY June 30, 2017.


Background Information

In 2012, CANS, with broad-based industry support, put forward amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act as part of the public consultation and review. Those recommendations included:

  • The adaptation of the amendments to progressive release of holdbacks.
  • Amendments to the disbursement of finishing holdback.
  • A single-central point of publication for public notice of substantial completion.

While all three recommended amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act have now been proclaimed and take full effect at the end of this month, the third amendment was the last piece needing to be defined.

For more information about the regulatory changes to the Builders’ Lien Act, click HERE.

As of today, June 30, 2017, it is required by law that all contractors and buyers of construction use a single site of publication – – ensuring notice is given to parties when a contract is substantially performed and when a sub-contract is certified as complete.

Without a requirement of notice, contractors, suppliers, subcontractors and employees may not know when these critical stages have been reached, particularly if they are among those who have finished work on a project at an early stage and are no longer present to observe its progress. Notice of these milestones is important because it starts the clock running on some important time limits in the Builders’ Lien Act. Notice acts as a trigger, after a period of time with no lien registered, for release of holdbacks. In some cases, notice also starts the clock running on the time to register a lien. The regulations also clarify what should be in the notice and how and when the notice has to be published.

Under the new regulations the requirements are the same for both milestones and will:

  • Require owners to post notice in a prominent location at the job site office as well as on the publicly available portion of CANS’ website; and
  • Require that notice be provided within 10 days of the relevant milestone. was built by CANS with broad-based industry support. The centralized electronic publication site was created to benefit our economy, industry, and protect the legal rights/responsibilities of industry participants. It is extremely user friendly and self-explanatory. It takes only a few minutes to create your profile, upload certificates, and view notices. It is available at no charge to all users.

To better equip you with further information, click HERE to access our FAQ document detailing various aspects of the site.

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OHS Act Amendments Take Effect June 12, 2017

In April 2016, government introduced and passed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act to help keep Nova Scotians safe at work. Most employers in Nova Scotia operate safe workplaces. However, there are some who repeatedly break serious health and safety rules, putting Nova Scotians at risk of serious injury or death. The amendments hold those employers more accountable, and were passed by the legislature with a commitment by the Department to work with stakeholders on next steps. That work is complete, and we’re ready to put the changes into place.

The amendments came into force on June 12, 2017.

Click HERE to review the Safety Bulletin summarizing the changes to the act.

Click HERE for a copy of the updated Act.

To review the details of the revised Act, click HERE for the link to Bill 165.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call 1-800-952-2687 or 902-424-5400, or via email at

In Memoriam – Past President of CANS, Leslie Reuben White

Les White of Fundy Construction passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017. Les served as President in 1983. To view his obituary, click HERE.

Fundy Construction (Halifax, Nova Scotia) itself has had a long tradition of involvement and support for the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. Six individuals from the company served as president — A.S. MacMillan in 1932, G.W. Miller in 1941-43, A.E. MacMillan in 1959, Earle Bowman in 1966; Wilf Giffin in 1973; and Les White in 1983.