COVID-19 Update for CANS Members – May 28, 2021

The following message was sent Friday, May 28, 2021. We encourage CANS member firms to review the relevant recommendations and follow current public health measures. 

CANS Office Closure

CANS is taking proactive measures to reduce the spread of the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, CANS office will remain closed to members the week of May 31, while still offering CANS services remotely/virtually. 

Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for both CANS staff, members, and visitors to our office. We have been monitoring the most recent wave of the pandemic and our staff are fully prepared to work remotely, having done so successfully over the last year. Please understand that due to our office closure, there may be delays in the services we provide, but we are doing everything to keep any issues to a minimum.

Read more about the impact to CANS Projects and Documents Services.


Nova Scotia’s Reopening Plan

Nova Scotia’s reopening plan is based upon data, not dates. There are four phases, spanning two to four weeks between phases, with the fifth phase beginning in September once Nova Scotian’s have received their second dose of the vaccine. Read the full news release here.

Phase 1 Highlights – Begins June 2:

  • It is recommended that people continue to work from home, where possible
  • Passenger testing planned at Stanfield International Airport
  • Outdoor gatherings up to 10 people without social distancing
  • Travel permitted between communities in NS, expect HRM and CBRM
  • Current indoor gathering restrictions remain in place

The province has created an infographic to showcase Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, including specific details of each phase. Read more.


Current Provincial Restrictions 

State of Emergency

The provincial state of emergency has been renewed until Sunday, June 13.

Travel Restrictions Remain in Place for HRM and Sydney

Travel is no longer restricted within most of Nova Scotia, although people are asked to avoid non-essential travel into and out of Cape Breton Regional Municipality and into and out of areas of Halifax Regional Municipality. Read more.

Travel into Nova Scotia

Currently, you can only enter Nova Scotia for essential travel or if you’re a permanent resident of Nova Scotia. You need to apply to travel to Nova Scotia and wait for approval before travelling.

Click here for more information for permanent residents, rotational workers and who is exempt from self-isolation.


COVID-19 Testing 

Everyone should get tested regularly for COVID-19, even if you have no or only mild symptoms.

Book an appointment for a standard test at a primary assessment centre. Rapid testing is available without appointment at pop-up sites. Visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority website for more information about testing.


Vaccine Information

To protect yourself from COVID-19, it is important getting vaccinated. People aged 12 and older can book appointments for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Click here to book your appointment and learn more about Nova Scotia’s immunization plan and vaccine rollout.


Nova Scotia’s Paid Sick Leave Program

Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program is now open, helping to support Nova Scotians when they need to stay home. See full details on the COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program or download the Eligibility At-a-Glance.


CANS COVID-19 Information Centre

Looking for the latest information about COVID-19? CANS has compiled the latest information and its impact on the construction industry in our CANS COVID-19 Information Centre.

Please keep us informed to help us advocate on your behalf. Email your questions to