Secure Your Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces PIN Today (Online Course)

Support diversity and inclusive practices in your workplace with an accessible online course designed for anyone working in construction! CANS has partnered with Buildforce Canada, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and Department of Labour and Advanced Education to offer Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace Online course for FREE to our members.

CANS Developing Executives Committee – Call for Applications

CANS Developing Executives (D.E.) Committee is looking for a new member! Established in 2001, the CANS D.E. Committee provides a venue for new employees of CANS member companies to network and become more involved in the construction industry by hosting five to six annual networking events and initiatives.

CANS Industry Trend Session – Smarter Spaces Presents “Planning to Re-Open?”

“Planning to re-open? How many people can I let in and how will we manage them? (online)”

  • Presented by: Smarter Spaces
  • Date:  Tuesday, July 21
  • Time: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • CANS Member Price: FREE

Register for this Industry Trend Session now!

Session Overview:

Your doors are opened or opening to the public. Are you ready for physical distancing within your space? Here at Smarter Spaces we are aware of the challenges that businesses will face. Using our existing technologies to provide a “birds eye view” in conjunction with our Emergency Planning expertise, we are able to help you plan out your space. With a plan in place, we can help you maximize the number of people that can use your space safely.

BONUS: Attendee

Halifax Chamber of Commerce Offering Webinar on Wage Support Programs for Hiring Students

Join the conversation about how student wage subsidies can help you take your business to the next level for little or no cost.

Navigating Covid-19: Wage Support Programs for Hiring Students

  • Host: Halifax Chamber of Commerce
  • Date: Tuesday, July 21
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Click here to register for this webinar.

Do you have a student or entry-level position open this summer?

This summer, CANS is hosting a Summer Youth Job Board to connect the emerging workforce with career opportunities in our industry. We’re accepting posting submissions throughout the summer! Click here to find out what is required and download a job posting form.

Questions? For more information, please contact Lori Rogers at or 902-809-2297.

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) Enforcement Team Resumes Worksite Visits

A reminder that the NSAA’s Enforcement team has resumed worksite visits to support compliance with the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act. Individuals working in the compulsory certified trades must be a registered apprentice or have a Certificate of Qualification to work legally in the trade. Compliance Officers will ensure physical distancing, use personal protective equipment and follow public health guidelines in this work.

Funding Reminder for Apprentices from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA)

Apprentices are reminded of the financial support available through the Canada Apprentice Loan. The Canada Apprentice Loan is a federal initiative to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade. With the Canada Apprentice Loan, an apprentice can receive up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per level of technical training. To apply for the Canada Apprenticeship Loan, click here:

In addition, grants are available from the federal government for completion of level 1, level 2 and the final level of technical training in Red Seal trades. Financial awards are available from the NSAA for level 3 progression in Red Seal and provincial trades and for completion of the final level of technical training in provincial trades. For more information on the financial awards click here.

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.