Want to maximize your CANS membership?

CANS 101 – Maximize Your Membership Information Session

Date: Sept 24, 2019
Duration: 2 hours
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Member Price: FREE (*lunch will be provided for registered attendees)

Who Should Attend: Anyone who wishes to improve their overall understanding of CANS and the many benefits of membership, from using CANSnet to accessing printing services, customizing training programs and more!

Register by September 20 to attend. For more details, or to register for a CANS 101 session, click here!

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Long-term members!

Without our members, CANS would be nothing, so each year we take some time to honour those members who have supported CANS consistently through the decades.

Each year, CANS recognizes companies that have maintained continuous membership for more than 25 years by presenting them with the Bowman Award. This year we are honouring:

  • Able Electric 2016 Limited
  • Advanced Energy Management Ltd.
  • Asbestos Abatement Ltd.
  • Atlantic Explosives Ltd.
  • Blaine F. MacLane Excavation Ltd.
  • Fundy Electric Limited
  • G.J. Cahill & Co. (1979) Ltd.
  • John Morrison Contracting Ltd.
  • R.D.L. Construction Limited
  • Sansom Equipment Ltd.
  • Techno Hard Surfaces Limited
  • The Guarantee Company of North America
  • Waller Agencies Limited
  • Wickwire Holm
  • W. MacPhail Construction Ltd.

To see our full list all of our Bowman recipients, including previous years, visit: https://www.cans.ns.ca/bowman-awards/ 

CANS Long-term Member award is presented to companies that have held a membership with the Association for 50 years or more, and honours companies who have shown their dedication, support, and commitment to the Association throughout the years and is an achievement to be proud of.
This year we are honouring the following members:

  • Englobe Corp.
  • Gallagher Canada Limited – Nova Scotia
  • South Shore Ready Mix Ltd.
  • Truefoam Limited
  • V.J. Rice Concrete Ltd.

To see a full list of our Long-term Members, visit: https://www.cans.ns.ca/long-term-member-award/

2019 CANS Herc Rentals Softball Tournament Wrap-Up


It was a sunny Saturday for a fun-filled Softball Tournament in Dartmouth!  17 teams enjoyed a day of networking, great pitches, quite a few runs and plenty of fun at the 2019 CANS Herc Rentals Softball Tournament on August 24th at the Mount Edward Road Ball Fields.


A BIG thanks to all our sponsors: Herc Rentals, MacFarlands Industrial, Dexel, Turf Masters Ltd., Black & McDonald Limited, Iron Dog, MNP LLP, Q104, BELFOR, Big Bang Promotional Products, BIRD Construction, Casey Concrete Ltd., Heritage Gas, MCT Insurance a division of BrokerLink, REgroup, Sancton, and Rogers Communications Canada.

Techno Hard Surfaces Limited

Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Limited

The Fun Division Trophy went to Techno Hard Surfaces Limited, with second place going to Bird Stairs (J.W. Bird & Company Limited).  The Competitive Division Trophy went to Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Ltd., with second place going to McCarthy’s Roofing Ltd.  Congratulations to all the winners!


Kids of all ages had fun at The Game Zone this year!  In between games, players, families and spectators bounced in the inflatable fun house, played washer toss, bean bag toss, and many other games from Glow Parties!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Softball Tournament! If you attended the tournament, we would love to hear your feedback.  Please visit the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CANSBall19.


Catch up on the fun, check out more photos of CANS softball, along with all of our events, here

CCI Updates: working to better meet the needs of members. 

Canadian Construction Innovations (CCI) is working to realign its service offering to better meet the needs of its members.

CCI is committed to helping you adopt innovation within your own firms. In keeping with this commitment, CCI has made strides in the last couple of months, from launching the expanded CONtact Innovator Mentorship program to a funding proposal put before the federal government providing for the placement of nearly 2000 STEM students in the Construction industry.

Some of CCI’s recent accomplishments:
  • Launch of the expanded CONtact Innovator Mentorship program to spark innovation by matching emerging entrepreneurs and innovators with industry experts to fine-tune product offerings whilst providing members with the opportunity to learn about upcoming innovations. For more visit: cca-acc.com/canadian-construction-innovations/.
  • Currently evaluating competitive proposals to offer Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit service to our members.
  • The revised proposal for funding the placement of 1,700 students (from STEM and multi-disciplinary functions) in the industry has been submitted to the government with funding announcement expected in the fall.
  • A new CCI identity with a new logo was revealed, and a brand-new website is also in the works.
  • Revised an agreement for the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) to provide their services in administrative operations, enabling CCI to focus on leading the innovation agenda and delivering membership value.
CCI continues to work hard for its members. Keep an eye out for more, forthcoming initiatives. In the meantime, for more information on CCI, visit their website: http://www.ccinnovations.ca/

Proposed Changes Coming to NS First Aid Regulations: Employer input needed.


Recent changes to CSA first aid standards may change the First Aid Regulations in Nova Scotia and employers are being asked for feedback. The CSA standard is new and being proposed to all Canadian jurisdictions as a national standard. Two examples include the CSA standard will increase the number of first aid kits a workplace is required to have and will establish training requirements. These changes are being considered for implementation in the fall of 2019!

Nova Scotia employers have expressed a continuing interest to provide feedback on proposed OHS regulations and OEA NS Society will be hosting the first of a number of sessions that Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) will be holding across the province to get your input!

If you are unable to attend in person or want to provide more comments stay tuned to LAE webpage for an online portal which will allow you to be a part of the conversation by providing your comments:


Office of the Employer Advisor (OEA NS) Sessions: (LIMITED SPACES)

OEA NS Society Office-
36 Brookshire Court, Suite 14,
Bedford, NS

Monday, July 22, 2019                  1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, July 26, 2019                     9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

To register for one of the OEA NS sessions, please visit our webpage www.oeans.ca or email joy.samuel@oeans.ca


LAE Hosted Sessions:

Truro – Truro Fire Hall Community Room
Tuesday, July 23               9:00 AM to 12:00

Port Hawkesbury – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
Wednesday, July 24         9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Halifax – Halifax Central Library
Thursday, July 25               9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dartmouth – NSCC Akerley Campus
Wednesday, July 30            9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kentville – NSCC Kingstec Campus
Wednesday, July 31             9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Liverpool – Queens Place Emera Centre
Thursday, August 1              9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Clare – Université Sainte-Anne Campus, Church Point (EN FRANÇAIS)
Wednesday, July 25             5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CANSTech 2020 – Call for Speakers/Exhibitors

CANSTech 2020

Presented by:

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CANS is currently seeking sponsors and accepting applications for exhibitors and speakers for CANSTech 2020,  February 27, 2020 at the Cunard Centre.


CANS is proud to present CANSTech – Nova Scotia’s Construction Technology and Innovation Tradeshow for the commercial, industrial and institutional construction industry.

We are thrilled to bring back this innovative and experiential conference for a second time as CANSTech 2020. This event is the only conference in Nova Scotia that highlights cutting-edge solutions specifically for the construction industry, as well as provides attendees with opportunities for hands-on experience with leading-edge technologies.

Get the most out of CANSTech 2020, sign up now to be a sponsor, or apply to be an exhibitor or speaker at the event. Your company will be featured throughout promotional materials in the months leading up to the event. Not to mention, you will get the chance to engage with over 1,000 anticipated attendees day-of!


Is your company breaking new ground in the construction industry? Seeing is believing, so we’re seeking exhibitors who will actively engage attendees with quality experiences and hands-on demonstrations. Let us know how you would stand out from the crowd, APPLY NOW to be an exhibitor at CANSTech2020.


Do you have hands-on experience or real-world knowledge about modernizing workflows? We’re looking for speakers who can offer attendees a practical perspective on how to adapt their business in a new, technological landscape. APPLY NOW to be a speaker at CANSTech 2020.


Does your company embrace technological advancements and/or new innovations readily? CANSTech prides itself highlighting new innovations and technologies, so we’re seeking sponsors who will support our mission to keep the construction industry nimble and adaptable to technological growth.

Find out more on sponsoring CANSTech 2020: take a look at our full list of sponsorship opportunities, or REGISTER NOW — no application needed — as a sponsor, contact Natalie Bobbitt, Sponsorship Lead.


For more information on how to participate in CANSTech 2020, contact:

Natalie Bobbitt
Sponsorship Lead
902-468-2267 ext. 718


For more information on CANSTech, or to see photos of the inaugral event visit: canstech.ca

Majority of contractors using offsite construction, survey says

Offsite construction has been an ongoing construction trend for the last several years, but with such a large majority of stakeholders reporting that they are using the technique, as they did in the NIBS survey, it might be time to call it a standard industry practice. Read more.

Factory-built load bearing walls help revolutionize building

The new five-storey-plus penthouse condo on the town of Kingsville’s Lake Erie waterfront had its load bearing walls installed so quickly there were virtually no exposed ones left to showcase during a recent tour. Read more.

CANS Industry Education & Training Course Calendar

CANS 2018-2019 Industry Education Course Calendar is now available!

  • View & Download the magazine version of the Industry Education Course Calendar
  • Search Industry Education Courses online and register today

Types of Courses Offered

Business Development 

Many people within the construction industry are uneasy with the role of being responsible for growing the business and being put into a sales and customer service role. This course offers a systematic and logical selling method designed to make sales better, faster and easier.


Several workshops designed to help improve communication skills among different levels of employees, from administrative to superintendents learn how to effectively communicate with others and deal with negative situations.

Construction Documents

Presented jointly by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) Atlantic Chapter and CANS, these courses  enable participants to have a better understanding of construction documentation, products, bidding procedures and contracts. It also improves construction contract administration by providing education related to the administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of the project.

Construction Fundamentals

A number of workshops are held throughout the year to equip participants with the fundamental skills and understanding needed within the construction sector. These workshops are ideal for individuals new to the industry or those requiring a refresher.

Construction Law

A basic understanding of construction law is extremely important for individuals employed in the construction industry. All law sessions are delivered by knowledgeable lawyers in the construction sector.

Leadership Management

For those making the transition into leadership roles such as Project Manager and Superintendent for the first time, this program is an opportunity to build confidence and skills to take on the management role. This program covers the fundamentals of leading and working in a team environment and assists with refining and enhancing one’s ability to manage and motivate individuals and groups.

Healthcare Construction

Construction is an industry where technologies and regulations are constantly changing, particularly in the healthcare sector. These courses plays a crucial role in providing training when health regulations are modified or there is new technology to learn.

Technical Skills

In these workshops are designed to teach participants the fundamentals of various technical skills such blueprint reading and construction estimating. CANS also offeres several computer application courses, such as MS Project and various levels of Microsoft Excel to enhance your already existing knowledge and take your skills to the next level.



For more information contact:

Chantal Arsenault
Industry Education & Training Lead
902-468-2267 ext. 706

How industry pressure points drive tech innovation

Construction firms looking to improve productivity should align technology investments with business objectives and seek buy-in from end users, according to panelists of an FMI webinar.Read more.