News release

Province to Recognize, Protect Apprentice Funeral Directors

An amendment introduced today, Oct. 1, will allow individuals training to become funeral directors to be licensed and registered as apprentices with the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

The Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act currently recognizes apprentice embalmers, but does not provide the same recognition for apprentice funeral directors.

"Until now, the guidelines and requirements for apprentice funeral directors seemed to be much less significant than those for apprentice embalmers," said Lisa Smith, president, Funeral Service Association, and faculty in the Funeral and Allied Health Services program at the Nova Scotia Community College. "This amendment will now capture what the practice has always been and what the licensing board has always required."

Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey said the changes will ensure a stream of well-trained and regulated funeral professionals for the future.

These changes are consistent with several other provinces in Canada.

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Legislative changes announced today (October 1st) will allow apprentice funeral directors to be recognized and protected under the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act.

The act currently recognizes apprentice embalmers, but does not provide the same recognition for apprentice funeral directors. Apprentice funeral directors will now be able to register with the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. It will also ensure they are properly trained and regulated.

Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey says the changes will ensure a stream of well-trained and regulated funeral professionals for the future.

This change is consistent with several other provinces.

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