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Recreational Camps Regulations

made under Section 74 of the

Health Protection Act

S.N.S. 2004, c. 4

O.I.C. 2011-310 (August 16, 2011), N.S. Reg. 254/2011


1     These regulations may be cited as the Recreational Camps Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


“Act” means the Health Protection Act;


“camping program” means a recreational camp for which the operator does not own or operate the facilities used for the camp but rents or uses the premises or facilities of others;


“certified public health inspector” means a public health inspector who holds a certificate in public health inspection by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors;


“Department” means the Department of Health and Wellness, unless another department name is specifically used;


“Guidelines” means the latest edition of Part A of the Nova Scotia Guidelines for Recreational Camps or its successor document, as developed by the Department and the Department of Agriculture and approved by the Chief Medical Officer;


“operator” means a person who, either alone or through an agent, owns or operates a recreational camp;


“recreational camp” means a camp for recreational, educational, social, cultural or religious activities consisting of 1 or more tents, cabins, vehicles, buildings or structures established or maintained as living quarters for temporary occupancy of 3 or more days, with or without charge, and includes a camping program, but does not include any of the following:


                         (i)     a camp established by a person for their family or guests,


                         (ii)    a camping or accommodation establishment as defined in the Tourist Accommodations Regulations under the Tourist Accommodations Act,


                         (iii)   a facility regulated by the Day Care Regulations under the Day Care Act, or


                         (iv)   a facility on the campus of a university, college or public school operated with the activities or the sponsorship of the university, college or public school.

Compliance with incorporated Guidelines

3     (1)    The Guidelines are incorporated by reference into these regulations.


       (2)    An operator must ensure that a recreational camp is equipped, operated, staffed and maintained in accordance with the Guidelines.


       (3)    A certified public health inspector must carry out an annual inspection of a recreational camp to ensure adherence to the Guidelines.


       (4)    A medical officer may issue a certificate or letter stating whether a recreational camp is in compliance with the Guidelines, and may include any limitations or conditions noted for the compliance.


       (5)    A letter or certificate issued under subsection (4) must be displayed in the main building of the recreational camp or in some other area where it may be viewed by the public.

Registry of recreational camps

4     (1)    The Department must maintain a registry of recreational camps.


       (2)    An operator must register their recreational camp with the Department and send any information that is required by the Department to be included in the registry of recreational camps to a medical officer.

Approval of new camps or renovations

5     Before constructing a new recreational camp or carrying out significant renovations to an existing recreational camp, the operator of a camp must submit plans, as detailed in the Guidelines, for the new camp or renovation for approval by a certified public health inspector.