A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats

Recommendations for Advances to Nova Scotia’s Labour Standards Code
August 1, 2019
1.14 MB133 pages

This report examines how Nova Scotia’s protections for workers compared to other provinces and territories in Canada. 

The report finds that, on the whole, Nova Scotia falls well short on the most important and far-reaching of the Labour Standards Code’s provisions: standard hours of work, overtime provisions, vacation, minimum wage and statutory holidays. When one factors in the fact that Nova Scotia exempts workers in a long list of occupations and industries from enjoying even these watered-down protections, this report concludes that workers in Nova Scotia are denied many of the protections other Canadian workers enjoy. 

The report makes several recommendations for how Nova Scotia’s Labour Standards Code could be strengthened.