Building Code Changes: Home-based Businesses

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See notice below from the Office of the Fire Marshal regarding changes to the Building Code and home-based businesses.

Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs
Office of the Fire Marshal

August 18, 2016

Attention: Nova Scotia Building Code Users/Stakeholders

I am pleased to write to you with an update on changes to the Building Code Act Regulations that will benefit home‐based businesses in Nova Scotia.

Following extensive public consultation, changes came into effect on August 1, 2016 that exempt home based businesses from some of the rules in the regulations.

Home based businesses no larger than 25 per cent of the total floor area (50 m2) of a home that the business owner occupies will be exempt from certain parts of the Building Code Act Regulations intended for commercial spaces.

These exemptions include:

  •  Requirements including wider doors and a barrier-free entrance;
  •  Fire separations, loading, fire-rated doors with self-closures; and
  •  Additional washroom facilities.

These changes will bring clarity to business owners and Building Officials, and they will prevent undue regulatory burden for home based businesses.

More information is located at:

Thank you,

Joe Rogers

Building Code Coordinator

Download PDF version of letter: Building Code Changes for Home-based-Business 2016 (PDF)

Jobs Available: HGS Liverpool, Quarterdeck, Queens Association for Supported Living, White Point Beach Resort

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Posted multiple job opportunities at a variety of Queens County businesses including: HGS Liverpool, Quarterdeck, Queens Association for Supported Living, White Point Beach Resort, and Stew’s Corner Convenience and Gas.

See Jobs Liverpool Page for full details.

Work Smarts Program

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If you are an employer interested in hiring a recent graduate, this program might be helpful to you. Please forward all questions to Alma Khallouf, as noted below.

Work Smarts Program

My name is Alma and I am one of the project coordinators for our subsidized employment program called Work Smarts. Work Smarts is being run by the Sobey School Business Development Center at Saint Mary’s University in partnership with Service Canada.

The objective of Work Smarts is to give post-secondary graduates the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skill sets in a work setting that is consistent with their education. Employers participating in Work Smarts benefit through attracting young talent to their organization with a subsidized, career related position. This enables businesses to get a head start on long-term hires under the provided subsidy, and gives graduates an advantage.

Right now, we are looking for employers for this program. The program offers a $8.50/hour subsidy for the participant’s wage, based on a 35 hour work week, for 26 weeks of work experience. All we ask from the employer is a $8.50/hour top up for the wage: making the minimum salary for a participant $17/hour.

If you know a business that may be interested, please refer them to fill the job description form on our website at

For more info, download Work Smarts NS, Employer Information (PDF) and Work Smarts NS, Poster (PDF).

Please feel free to contact me by phone at 902-491-6560 or via email should you have any questions regarding the program.

Have a great day!

Best regards,

Alma Khallouf |Project Coordinator
Skills, Development and Training
Sobey School of Business Development Centre
923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
T:  (902) 491-6560 | F:  (902) 491-6501 |
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