Amusement Devices

Amusement Devices : Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, Technical Safety

Amusement rides, like roller coasters, ferris wheels, and bouncy castles provide fun and entertainment at carnivals, fairs, and exhibitions across the province. Staff at Labour and Advanced Education monitor the safety of these devices through inspections and licensing.

Amusement Devices Safety Act

The Amusement Devices Safety Act provides for the inspection and licensing of amusement devices and temporary structures at carnivals, fairs, and amusement parks. The legislation ensures that the equipment is designed, assembled, dismantled, and operated in a manner that will guard against injuries to the general public. The latest edition of the Canadian Standards Association Safety Codes for Amusement Devices is followed by the inspectors in carrying out their duties under the act and regulations.


In order to operate an amusement device, it must be inspected by Labour and Advanced Education Elevators and Lifts Inspection Services. Licenses will be granted when the inspection is complete and proof of insurance is provided. This license is valid for one year from the date it is issued. Fees can be found in the Amusement Device General Regulations (Section 16).