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 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. Compliance audits are carried out by licenced elevator inspectors who follow the applicable standard.

Safety Notifications: (Including Alerts, Bulletins, Directives and Notices)