Construction Information to Benefit Industry and Nova Scotians

Labour and Workforce Development (To Jan. 7)

October 23, 2008 9:21 AM

The construction industry now has one-stop shopping when dealing
with the provincial government.

The Construction Compliance Information Portal was launched today, Oct. 23, to make it easier for businesses to access all provincial government construction requirements through one targeted website. The launch coincides with Small Business Week, which runs until Saturday, Oct. 25.

The portal includes information on all provincial regulatory and legislative requirements, licences, permits, approvals, certificates and registrations for the construction industry, organized by type of construction activity.

"Making it easier for businesses to find and navigate government requirements also makes it easier for them to meet those requirements," said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development, and Minister of Environment.

"When businesses comply with government regulations they increase the safety and health of people, protect the environment, and foster economic prosperity for all Nova Scotians."

"We were pleased to partner with Labour and Workforce Development and the Department of Environment on the portal," said Carol McCulloch, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia.

"These departments are committed to improving regulations, and we worked with them to make sure the portal will meet the needs of our industry. Reactions to the previews have been great."

The portal will also include guides, training information, contact information, and other resources that make the requirements and legislation easier to interpret. It is part of the Better Regulation Initiative to improve both the quality of regulations and the delivery of regulatory programs.

The Construction Compliance Information Portal can be found online at www.gov.ns.ca/constructionportal/ . It is also being demonstrated at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce's Business to Business Expo, today, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the World Trade Centre, Halifax.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

The construction industry now has one-stop shopping when

dealing with the provincial government.

The Construction Compliance Information Portal was launched

today, (October 23rd) to make it easier for businesses to access

all provincial government construction requirements through one

targeted website.

     It was developed with the help of the construction industry.

     Minister of Labour and Workforce Development, and

Minister of Environment Mark Parent says making it easier for

businesses to find government requirements also makes it easier

for them to meet those requirements.
     
     The portal can be found online at

w-w-w dot gov dot n-s dot ca slash construction portal.

-30-

Media Contacts: Jacqueline May
                Labour and Workforce Development
                902-424-0281
                E-mail: mayjm@gov.ns.ca

                Carol McCulloch
                Construction Association of Nova Scotia
                902-499-2939