Voluntary sector now covered by Nova Scotia's department of labour

Shift gives 5,800 voluntary organizations improved access to labour standards and workplace education
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/05/2010

Voluntary sector organizations in Nova Scotia are now covered by the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, which gives them improved access to employer programs and supports, according to the government.

With more than 5,800 organizations and 24,000 employees, the voluntary sector is a significant employer in the province, said Minister of Labour and Workforce Development Marilyn More.

"These organizations are facing many of the same challenges affecting other businesses and industries. This change allows us to better use our resources, staff and programs to help support these organizations as they continue their good work," said More.

The change will provide a direct link with established programs and supports being offered to employers in the province, she said. This includes labour standards, occupational health and safety and workplace education.

The voluntary sector used to fall under the purview of the Department of Health Promotion and Protection.

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