Application for Variance : NS Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Rights

The Labour Standards Code of Nova Scotia requires that employees be given at least 24 consecutive hours off in every seven day period. The offshore petroleum sector and some others are exempt from this requirement.

Employers who are conducting special projects or undertakings may apply for a temporary exemption from this requirement.


To Apply:


  1. Complete the online form below. Fields marked with * are required fields.
  2. Submit online, or fax/mail a copy of your printout to:


Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education
5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2T8
Toll-Free: 1-888-315-0110 (Nova Scotia only)
Telephone: 902-424-4311
Fax: (902) 424-0648

Application for Variance (Hours of Labour)

Approval of a period of rest different from the 24 consecutive hours in a period of seven days, required by Subsections (1) and (2) of Section 66 of the Labour Standards Code of Nova Scotia


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Application Date:  

Applicant Information

Nature and Description of Work

Proposed Schedule of Work and Rest

Note: You may be asked to provide, separate from this application, the names and signatures of affected workers indicating their consent.


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