The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House resumed on:
September 21, 2017.

Bill No. 9

Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 144 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Mark Furey
Minister of Service Nova Scotia

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) October 14, 2014
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement September 1, 2016
2014 Statutes, Chapter 47

Explanatory Note

Clause 1 provides that apprentice funeral directors are bound by the code of ethics for funeral directors and embalmers.

Clause 2 requires the Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors to issue a licence to apprentice funeral directors who meet the requirements.

Clause 3 substitutes the Board for the Registrar as keeper of the register of licence holders.

Clause 4 requires a licensed apprentice funeral director to work under the direct supervision of a licensed funeral director.

Clause 5

(a) permits the suspension or revocation of an apprentice funeral director’s licence; and

(b) clarifies that suspension or revocation appeals are to the Supreme Court.

Clause 6 permits the filing of complaints against apprentice funeral directors.

Clause 7 amends the Act to make it gender-neutral.

Clause 8 adds Governor in Council regulation-making authority in relation to apprentice funeral directors and advertising standards for funeral and embalming services.

Clause 9 adds apprentice funeral directors to the offence and penalty Section of the Act and amends the Act to make it gender-neutral.

Clause 10 includes apprentice funeral director in the Section respecting the onus of proof in prosecutions.

Clause 11 provides that this Act comes into force on proclamation.