In Search of Skilled Workers: How to Look in all the Right Places

Many suggest that good workers are few and far between but there are places to look and options to find them. These include looking at different demographics for potential workers to using specialty employment firms to taking advantage of innovative services like programs abroad. Read more.

CMD’s 2015 Canadian Construction Outlook

Check out CMD’s 2015 Canadian Construction Outlook. Read more.

At the Intersection: The Case for Sustained and Strategic Public Infrastructure Investment

Canada’s governments should not hesitate to maintain a high level of investment in infrastructure. Sustained and strategic investment in public infrastructure is essential to Canada’s long-term economic growth and is critical to the quality of life enjoyed by Canadians.

Read more from CCA’s report – At The Intersection.

BuildForce Canada – 2015 Provincial Highlights Now Available

BuildForce Canada’s annual Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecasts offer a 10-year scenario of workforce supply and demand by trade, province and region. These forecasts help industry, training providers and government decision makers manage workforce requirements.

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Workplace Health & Safety Regulations update from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Over the past several months, the Department of  Labour and Advanced Education has been consulting with the public to consolidate and amend the Workplace Health & Safety Regulations.

Since the consultation launched in September 2014, LAE has received considerable feedback and has decided to completely re-think what regulatory changes are needed at this time.

To read the full update, click here: WHSRs – Update Letter.

HRM Specification Changes for 2015

Click HERE for a summary of the specification changes for 2015.

New OH&S Regulations Public Consultation Sessions

NS Depart. of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) is in the process of changing 13 of the OH&S regulations and these changes establish Workplace Health and Safety Regulations. Join OEA and the employer community as they review the draft changes, new items and discuss the impact to employers and Nova Scotia businesses.

Want to Register?

Please click the following link: HERE and complete the registration fields below the posting.  You will recieve a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Benoit at or 902-442-9367.

Administrative Penalties Changes in Effect as of October 1st, 2014

On December 4, 2013 the Minister introduced changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act as a first step to implementing a new administrative penalties system. These particular changes (Bill no 12) will focus on a simplified single appeal process for Compliance Orders and administrative penalties and provide legislative authority to direct funds collected through administrative penalties towards workplace safety initiatives. The details of the bill may be found at the Legislative counsel website. Learn more.

Amendments to Apprenticeship Trade Qualifications Act will encourage more Nova Scotians to pursue apprenticeship says Construction Association of Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, November 13, 2014 ‐‐ The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) supports the proposed amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act accepted on November 6th, 2014. “These amendments are a step in the right direction,” says CANS President Duncan Williams. “They will go a long way in encouraging more Nova Scotians to pursue apprenticeship as well as make it easier for those already in the system to come back to Nova Scotia to work.”

Currently, only about half of apprentices registered in Nova Scotia complete their certification. “Making it easier for apprentices to receive and complete their training is the ultimate goal, and consistency across the country will help to achieve that,” says Williams.

The amendments include changes that allow Nova Scotia apprentices who pursue on-the-job-training in another province to no longer have to register in that province, and out-of-province on-the-job and trades training to be recognized.

“These amendments will allow for Nova Scotia apprentices to move through their apprenticeship training faster and will make it easier for those apprentices who leave the province for work to ultimately come home,” says Williams.

In 2013 CANS made recommendations to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education regarding the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship system. These recommendations looked to see employers more involved and accountable, to create more apprenticeship opportunities, to improve support, and for the creation of a Special Operating Agency. Throughout 2014 CANS has continued to play an active role in the development of this new industry-led, industry-driven Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

CANS also knows that earlier education of Nova Scotia’s youth on the opportunities available to them can go a long way in encouraging more people to enter the skilled trades and in ensuring success of the apprenticeship system.

In 2008 CANS launched the Building Futures for Youth Program. The program, which was developed in partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Labour and Advanced Education – Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development Division, and the Nova Scotia Community College, offers grade 10 and 11 students the opportunity to safely explore careers in the construction industry through paid summer work terms.

“Building Futures for Youth promotes career awareness and long term attachment to the construction industry,” says Williams. “Through the program students gain experience in a construction industry occupation, earn co-operative education credits, register as construction trades pre-apprentices, make connections with industry, become eligible for scholarship opportunities, and most importantly, gather information to help make informed career choices.”

“The program has seen great success since it began,” adds Williams. “Since 2008 Building Futures for Youth has provided over 400 students the opportunity to safely explore careers in the skilled trades at over 120 companies across Nova Scotia.”

CANS represents more than 750 large and small companies that build, renovate and restore non-residential buildings, roads, bridges and other engineering projects. We are an industry trade association representing the interests of contractors, suppliers and service providers throughout Atlantic Canada and across the country. Construction is a $2.8 billion a year industry in Nova Scotia and employs nearly 30,000 men and women from across the province. For more information about the Construction Association of Nova Scotia visit




For more information contact:

Janet Tobin
Communications and Marketing Lead
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Ph: (902) 468.2267 x. 713
Cell: (902) 818-0835

152nd Annual General Meeting

The CANS 152nd Annual General Meeting was held October 3rd-5th, 2014 at Rodd Brudenell River Resort in PEI. Over 130 CANS members attended the weekend-long event and enjoyed networking, keynote speakers, and Strategic Priority Area Committee Reports at the CANS AGM Business Session.

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