Elevators and Lifts

Elevators and Lifts : Nova Scotia Labour, Skills and Immigration, Building and Equipment Safety

Classes of elevating devices include passenger and freight elevators, escalators, lifts for persons with physical disabilities, dumbwaiters, manlifts, material lifts, personnel and material hoists, special elevating devices and passenger ropeways.


All elevating devices require an operating license. This license ensures the device meets the Nova Scotia Elevators and Lifts Act and General Regulations, as well as applicable safety codes and standards. All elevating device licences expire on December 31.

Any work performed on elevators and lifts must be completed by a registered contractor (PDF) who employ licensed mechanics.

Maintaining Safety

All activities associated with Elevators and Lifts must comply with the applicable safety code(s).

Annual condition reports are required as part of the equipment license renewal process. These reports are completed by registered Elevators and Lifts contractors (PDF). Compliance audits are carried out by licenced elevator inspectors who follow the applicable standard.

Safety Notifications

An Alert informs stakeholders of imminent danger to a safety issue, that if not addressed will likely lead to health and safety consequences.

Bulletin informs stakeholders about non-imminent danger practices or procedures, which may have a level of safety risk if not addressed as soon as possible.

Directive informs stakeholders of an interpretation or application of the act, regulations or standards of the regulation, which require action. A Directive is legally binding and must be followed by the affected stakeholder.

Notice is to provide stakeholders with informative, non urgent, proactive communication on safety issue.