The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 58

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 1 of the Acts of 2003, the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Kelly Regan
Minister responsible for the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) November 3, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement November 20, 2014
2014 Statutes, Chapter 41

Explanatory Note

Clause 1

(a) amends the definitions of “apprentice”, “apprenticeship agreement” and “Director” and adds definitions of “extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreement” and “pre-employment apprenticeship-training recognition agreement”; and

(b) adds an interpretative clause with respect to “ordinarily resident”.

Clause 2 allows the employment of the Chief Executive Officer to be made pursuant to the Civil Service Act or under a personal services contract.

Clause 3 requires a Director of Partnership and Innovation, in addition to the Director of Programs and Operations, to be appointed pursuant to the Civil Service Act.

Clause 4 revises the duties of the Director to

(a) require the Director to record credits acquired by an apprentice in Nova Scotia or in a province or territory that has an extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreement with Nova Scotia;

(b) require the Director to record credits acquired by a person through pre-employment apprenticeship training in Nova Scotia or in a province or territory that has a pre-employment apprenticeship-training recognition agreement with Nova Scotia; and

(c) remove the responsibility for establishing curriculum standards for technical training and monitoring the training,

and corrects an error.

Clause 5 gives the following duties and powers to the Director of Partnership and Innovation:

(a) granting credit to an apprentice for technical training and practical experience through employment in Nova Scotia or in a province or territory that has an extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreement with Nova Scotia;

(b) granting credit to a person for pre-employment apprenticeship training acquired in Nova Scotia or in a province or territory that has a pre-employment apprenticeship-training recognition agreement;

(c) establishing curriculum standards for technical training and monitoring the training;

(d) prescribing forms and their use; and

(e) such other duties as may be assigned.

Clause 6

(a) adds the Director as a party to all apprenticeship agreements which will


(i) allow the agreement to continue even if the apprentice�s employment relationship ends, and

(ii) enable the apprentice to seek employment in a province or territory that has an extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreement with Nova Scotia;

(b) requires the Director of Partnership and Innovation to grant credit to a prospective apprentice for previous training or experience acquired in another province or territory in accordance with a pre-employment apprenticeship-training recognition agreement;

(c) allows an employer to withdraw from an apprenticeship agreement without causing the agreement to end;

(d) allows an apprentice to terminate an apprenticeship agreement without the consent of the employer or Director, but requires the apprentice to give written notice to the Director;

(e) permits the Director to become a party to an existing apprenticeship agreement.

Clause 7 allows the Director to enter into an apprenticeship agreement with a prospective apprentice who is

(a) ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia;

(b) not currently employed in Nova Scotia;

(c) employed in a province or territory that has an extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreement with the Minister, or has been so employed;

(d) determined eligible for credit by the Director of Partnership and Innovation; and

(e) likely to benefit from entering into an apprenticeship agreement with the Director, in the opinion of the Director.

Clause 8 gives the Minister authority to enter into extra-provincial apprenticeship recognition agreements and pre-employment apprenticeship-training recognition agreements.

Clause 9 makes consequential amendments to the Governor in Council’s regulation-making powers with respect to

(a) making the Director a party to all apprenticeship agreements; and

(b) the ability of the Director to grant credit for previous training and experience.