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Emergency Health Service Regulations

made under Section 25 of the

Emergency Management Act

S.N.S. 1990, c. 8

O.I.C. 70-635 (July 6, 1970), N.S. Reg. 18/70


1     In these regulations


                (a)    “Emergency Health Service” means the Nova Scotia Emergency Health Service;


                (b)    “Minister” means the Minister of Public Health;


                (c)    “zone” means an area of the Province designated as such by the Provincial Director of EMO (NS).


2     (1)    When the Governor in Council has declared that a state of emergency exists in the Province or in any part of it, and while the declaration is in effect, there is hereby established a force to be known as the Nova Scotia Emergency Health Service.


       (2)    The Minister shall have the power to organize and direct the Emergency Health Service and without limiting the generality of the foregoing may


                (a)    order the enrollment of any person in one of the professions or trades listed in Schedule “A” to these regulations in the Emergency Health Service;


                (b)    prescribe the duties of any person enrolled in the Emergency Health Service and determine the area or place in or at which each person shall perform his duties;


                (c)    assume control of and operate any public or private institution giving, or capable of giving, care to injured or sick people;


                (d)    discharge patients from any such institutions for the purpose of admitting more severely ill or injured persons thereto;


                (e)    establish additional facilities for the treatment of injured or sick persons, and take possession of any building that the Minister deems necessary for this purpose;


                (f)    order that any supplies or equipment necessary for the care of ill or injured persons be reserved for the use of the Emergency Health Service;


                (g)    take possession of and use any supplies or equipment necessary for the care of such ill or injured persons;


                (h)    order immunization against any disease which, in the opinion of the Minister, is or is likely to become a hazard to the public health;


                (j)     order the purification of any public or private water supply which, in the opinion of the Minister, is or is likely to become contaminated with disease producing bacteria;


                (k)    order the destruction of any food which, in the opinion of the Minister, is contaminated with disease producing bacteria or radioactive substances to a degree likely to produce injury to health.


3     (1)    The Minister may appoint a person in the service of the Department of Public Health to be Director of [the] Emergency Health Service and may authorize the execution by him [or her] of any or all of the Minister’s powers under these regulations.


       (2)    The Minister may appoint a qualified medical practitioner in the Province as Zone Director of [the] Emergency Health Service for a zone and may authorize the execution by him [or her] of any or all of the Minister’s powers under these regulations.


       (3)    The Provincial Directors of EMO (NS) may designate one or more areas of the Province as zones for the purpose of these regulations.


4     These regulations may be cited as the Emergency Health Service Regulations.

[Note: Effective January 11, 2011, the references throughout the regulations to the Minister of Public Health and Department of Public Health should be read as references to the Minister of Health and Wellness and Department of Health and Wellness in accordance with Order in Council 2011-15 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376.]

[Note: Effective December 20, 2005, amendments to the Emergency Measures Act and the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376, made by S.N.S. 2005, c. 48, change the title of the Emergency Measures Act, establish the Emergency Management Office and provide that the Office be headed by a CEO. Effective April 19, 2011, the Emergency Management Office is abolished and responsibility for emergency management transferred to the Department of Justice and the Minister of Justice by Order in Council 2011-147 under the Public Service Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 376. Effective April 1, 2014, responsibility for emergency management is transferred to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Municipal Affairs by O.I.C. 2014-71 under the Public Service Act.]



Schedule “A”

Group I

Physicians and surgeons



Registered nurses

Group II



Clinical laboratory technicians and technologists

Dental technicians, assistants and hygienists

Hospital orderlies

Hospital ward aides

Industrial first aid attendants

Licensed practical nurses




Physiotherapists and occupational therapists


Public health laboratory technicians and technologists


St. John Ambulance brigade members

Sanitary inspectors

Trained civil defence workers

Group III

Ambulance drivers

Health educators

Health physicists

Hospital administrators

Medical record librarians


Public health administrators

Public health engineers

Group IV

Students in training and retired members of the above three groups.

Group V


Food service workers

Housekeeping directors


Laundry managers

Laundry workers

Maintenance workers

Motor pool drivers and motor mechanics

Personnel directors

Purchasing directors

Refrigeration engineers

Security guards

Stationary engineers

Trained clerical personnel


Note: Personnel in Group V will be requisitioned from the Manpower Authority as required.