See below for employer resources that aid in a variety of key areas.


One area of the Labour Standards Code where the rules are different for forestry workers than most other workers is that the employees and employers to whom the Minimum Wage Order (Logging and Forestry Operations) applies.


The Guide is to help people understand how Nova Scotia Labour Standards legislation applies to employment relationships and the role of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division in enforcing the legislation. There is also information on specific rules. General Labour Standards Code Regulations.



The Workers’ Compensation Act (the “Act”) provides the legal framework for the administration of the WCB’s prevention, return to work, assessment, and compensation programs. The regulations made under the Act provide further guidance on the application of the requirements in the Act


Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations establishes workplace health and safety standards and are administered by the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The federal Canada Labour Code applies to employees of companies or sectors that operate across provincial or international borders. Approximately 6% of the Canadian workforce falls under the OH&S jurisdiction of the federal government. The remaining 94% of Canadian workers fall under the legislation of the province or territory where they work. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination for specific protected characteristics and in certain areas. Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent, and indivisible.

Employer Responsibilities

  • Establishing and maintaining a health and safety committee, or requiring workers to select at least one health and safety representative.
  • Taking every reasonable precaution to ensure the workplace is safe.
  • Training workers about potential hazards and how to safely use, handle, store and dispose of hazardous substances.
  • Training workers in how to handle emergencies.
  • Supplying personal protective equipment and ensuring that workers know how to use the equipment properly.
  • Reporting all critical injuries to the government department responsible for occupational health and safety.
  • Assigning a competent supervisor to monitor the implementation of the safety plan.

Manager/Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that workers use prescribed protective equipment, clothing, and devices.
  • Advising workers of potential and actual hazards.
  • Taking every reasonable precaution to protect workers.