CANS Office Reopens June 24 & Update from CANS Projects & Documents Services

We’ve missed you! CANS is excited to reopen our doors and offer you the Projects & Documents services we had to suspend in March due to the global pandemic. As of today, Wednesday, June 24, CANS Dartmouth office has reopened to our membership and will resume offering the following in-person services: print orders, the sale of CCDC & CCA Standard Documents, and the signing of Statutory Declarations.

CANS and Wickwire Holm Present FREE Webinar on Return to Work Plans and Work Refusals

Are you preparing to reopen your office? Check out our upcoming session covering return to work plans as well as the process for dealing with work refusals. CANS is proudly partnering with Wickwire Holm to present this webinar for FREE to CANS members. 

Return to Work/Work Safe plans during COVID and dealing with work refusals

Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: CANS Connect (online)

Register for this free webinar now!


Janelle Deveau
Education & Training Coordinator

New Contact for CANS Events & Sydney Office Updates

Please note that from June 29, 2020, until July 2021, CANS Sydney office will be temporarily closed. Britney MacNeil, the CANS staff member who worked out of the Sydney office, will be on parental leave during this time.

Virtual Commissioner of Oaths Services 
CANS continues to offer commissioner of oaths services to our Cape Breton members via the virtual signing of statutory declarations. Please contact Lesley Whynot for more information at 902-880-6046 or

For all other services, CANS Members are asked to contact CANS Head Office in Dartmouth at (902) 468-2267 ext. 0 or visit

If you have any requests related to CANS events, please contact:

Michelle Peters, Events Lead or (902) 818-6530
Note: Michelle is located at CANS Dartmouth office 

If you have any requests related to other CANS programs and services, please contact: 

Melody Hillman, Manager, Member Engagement & Development
mhillman@cans.ns.caor (902) 830-2343
Note: Melody is located at CANS Dartmouth office

CCA Un-Conference

The Canadian Construction Association welcomes you to The Un-Conference! This special high-calibre, home-based forum has been designed to showcase the sessions, award winners, expert speakers and thought leadership that you didn’t get to experience in person in San Diego.

Glean valuable insight from interviews with Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, on how infrastructure will play an important role in the federal government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan; and with Mandy Rennehan, CEO and Founder of, on the skilled trades shortage and fostering diversity in the workplace.

Gain access to informative moderated panel sessions on the emerging political landscapefinancing innovation and the challenges around attracting youth to the industry.

Celebrate the individuals, associations and companies honoured with a 2019 CCA National Award. We are happy to turn our awards ceremony into a virtual experience, complete with presentations, acceptance speeches and videos so we can shine the spotlight on their valuable contributions to the industry.

Click HERE to access CCA’s Un-Conference.

CANSnet Project Preview – St. Mary’s Apartment Restoration Project

This historic property is located in Inverness on the west coast of Cape Breton. The building was originally St. Mary’s Hospital, spearheaded in 1920 by Stella Maris priests Rev. Alexander L. MacDonald and Rev. John B. Kyte. The hospital opened May 24, 1925, after the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish sent a contingent of nursing nuns, affectionately known as the Inverness Brigade. Nearly a century later, St. Mary’s holds a food bank and nine affordable apartments. Follow this Project: NS20-1168!

You’re Invited – Industry Briefing from Cape Breton Health Infrastructure Redevelopment Team on June 19

Next week, members of the Cape Breton Health Infrastructure Redevelopment Team will be hosting a virtual event to provide an industry briefing/project overview, discuss employment opportunities, as well as hear from representatives from diverse communities.

CANS wins CCA Gold Seal Association Award of Excellence

The Construction Association of Nova Scotia is celebrating its latest accomplishment – winning the Canadian Construction Association’s 2019 Gold Seal Association Award of Excellence!

Temporary Closure of CANS Sydney Office

Please note that from June 29, 2020, until July 2021, CANS Sydney office will be temporarily closed. Britney MacNeil, CANS Events Lead, is on parental leave.

Follow CANS Pipeline – Nova Scotia Infrastructure Stimulus Package

Zwicker Warehouse – Lunenburg

As part of the government’s $230 million infrastructure announcement on May 27, the Zwicker Warehouse on the Lunenburg Waterfront will undergo significant renovations led by Develop Nova Scotia. It is a prominent building on Lunenburg’s working waterfront, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Learn more about the planned renovations and find open tenders for this project on CANSnet. Access this project using Pipeline lead, PL18-0341NS.

Take a look at the latest update released for this project, request for proposal, NS20-1153 – Develop NS – RFP Zwicker Building Level 1 Activation Design Build Services.

Virtual Q&A Series Wraps Up June 18

On Thursday, June 18, we’re wrapping up our series introducing youth to careers in construction. Join us as Building Futures for Youth and CANS Construction Connection explores Estimators in this final session.

Q&A Session SEVEN – Estimator

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM

Who: Mike Clements, Estimator/Project Manager with Ocean Contractors Limited

Where: Zoom Webinar, join the session using this link.

Did you miss a previous Q&A? All are available on-demand! Watch these sessions now or bookmark them for later.


Please contact Alain Lefebvre at or 902-456-6444.