Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual

The Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual (Manual) is the method the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal uses to 'publish' the minimum standards for traffic control at temporary workplaces on or near the roads for which he / she has legal authority.

The Manual is revised periodically. When changes occur, the Minister updates the Web copy noted below. As soon as 'published' on the Web, the newer edition becomes the current legal edition. It becomes effective on the (Web) publication date, and supersedes all previously published editions, whether published in hard copy or electronically.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (Department) may not reach every Manual user while broadcasting notifications of changes. It is therefore the sole responsibility of Manual users to check periodically to make sure they have the latest and legal edition.

Current Edition of the Manual and Manual Distribution

The current legal edition of the Manual may be downloaded by left mouse clicking on this link: novascotia.ca/tran/tcm/traffic-control-manual-2018-01-25.pdf

The Manual downloads in PDF format. A PDF capable software package such as Adobe Reader is needed to view the file.

The Department does not distribute printed copies of the Manual directly. To meet the needs of those unable to download the legal edition, black and white printed copies, and / or an electronic file of the Manual may be purchased by contacting Access Nova Scotia using a preferred method from the following:

  1. Phone:(902) 424-5200 or toll free in NS, 1-800-670-4357
  2. Fax: (902) 424-0720
  3. Mail requests: Public Enquiries – Service Nova Scotia, PO Box 2734, Halifax NS B3J 3K5
  4. Internet at the publications store (click Publications Tab, enter text Traffic Control Manual into the search field)

Additionally, users can submit their request through Access Nova Scotia’s Online Enquiry Form or by email request to askus@novascotia.ca

Changes Since the Last Published Edition of the Manual

The Foreword, starting just inside the front cover of the Manual, has a summary of the differences between the 2012 edition of the Manual and the 2018 edition.  Manual users are encouraged to make themselves familiar with changes before doing any work that might be impacted by the changes.

Manual Copyright

The Manual is copyrighted, therefore may not be altered, except as authorized by the Department.  It may not be copied, or distributed, in whole or in part for profit or gain, without express written permission from the Department.

Individuals may copy this document for their own use without additional permission.  Agencies and companies may copy and distribute the document within their agency or company for training, and to support compliance with standards in the Manual.

Questions arising from the publication of this Manual may be directed to the Department’s Traffic Engineering and Road Safety office via: tcm@novascotia.ca .

Old Editions of the Manual

Archived editions of the Manual may be accessed through the publications store, or by submitting a request to the Department’s Traffic Engineering and Road Safety office via tcm@novascotia.ca.

Additional Information

The following links provide commonly requested information:

  • A List of Approved Trainers
    These are trainers who deliver temporary workplace safety programs for the Department; they deliver the Traffic Control Person and Temporary Workplace Signer programs.
  • Temporary Workplace FAQ’s
    This answers some common questions about Temporary Workplaces and is written to help Temporary Workplace Signers comply with standards and requirements of the Manual.
  • Temporary Workplace Planning and Preparation Checklist
    This is a checklist as would be used by a Temporary Workplace Signer planning a temporary workplace solution. As required by the Manual, it is used to create a record of roadway conditions, and temporary workplace solutions.