COVID-19 Update for CANS Members — May 14, 2021

The following message was sent Friday, May 14, 2021. We encourage CANS member firms to review the relevant recommendations and follow current public health measures. 

Summary of Provincial Announcements & Restrictions

Travel within Nova Scotia
Remain as close to your home and community as possible, unless travel is essential for work, caregiving, necessary shopping or medical appointments, including vaccination appointments. Detailed information is available online here.

Testing & Isolation Requirements
If you feel unwell, assume you have COVID-19 – book a test at a primary assessment site and isolate until you receive your test results. Those with no symptoms are strongly encouraged to use pop-up sites if they are not showing symptoms but want to be tested. Learn more about testing and isolation requirements.

Working From Home
There is an increasing number of cases being identified in workplaces. Today, Dr. Strang announced more than 90 investigations are currently ongoing in HRM based workplaces. It is recommended that if you can work from home, do so. This will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Click here for more information about the state of emergency, COVID-19 updates, possible COVID-19 exposures, and the Health Protection Act Order.

New Travel Application Process

As of today, May 14, permanent Nova Scotia residents and people travelling for essential reasons must apply to enter the province. People will apply through the established Nova Scotia Safe Check-in.

People should apply about a week before they intend to travel. Applications will only be considered for permanent residents of Nova Scotia and people travelling for essential reasons. It is important to note that this does not change the 14-day self-isolation requirement.

To learn more, click here.

Business Support – Programs for Recovery

Wondering what business support is available for you and your employees during COVID-19?

Provincial Resources & Programs

The government of Nova Scotia has listed the supports they have in place for businesses impacted by COVID-19. View the full list here.

Some resources include:

  • Paid Sick Leave Program
  • Small Business Impact Grant
  • Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
  • Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program

Federal Resources & Programs

To view a full list of the government of Canada’s resources and programs available for businesses and sectors, click here.

Some resources include:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
  • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
  • Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Infrastructure sector-specific programs:

  • Flexible funding for community resilience
  • Supporting communities, adapting spaces and services
Vaccine Information – When it’s your turn, get vaccinated

To protect yourself from COVID-19, it is important getting vaccinated. When your age group is eligible, book the soonest appointment available.

As of May 14, people age 35 and older are eligible for a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Click here to book your appointment and learn more about Nova Scotia’s immunization plan and vaccine rollout.

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