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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2011

Nova Scotia proposes changes to traffic safety

Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour and Advanced Education is proposing changes to the Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Regulations. The new regulations will include provisions related to temporary work that is not associated with construction, utility or utility maintenance work. Employers affected by the new regulations will be required to develop a safe work practice. New minimum safety requirements will include employees wearing high-visibility safety apparel, the use of any vehicle flashing warning lights and the use of an appropriate flashlight when directing traffic.

New regulations for Quebec immigration professionals

New regulations governing immigration professionals came into force in Quebec on Feb. 2. Under these regulations, only lawyers, notaries and immigration consultants certified by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) can represent clients in provincial immigration cases. Consultants will have to: be members in good standing of the CSIC; function fluently in French; have an office in Quebec; pass an exam on Quebec’s immigration rules; and not have breached the province’s immigration laws in the previous three years.

Federal apprenticeship grants available

The Government of Canada launched an advertising campaign on apprenticeship grants for those enrolled in training in one of the 53 designated Red Seal trades (see www.red-seal.ca/w.2lc.4m.2@-eng.jsp). There are two types of grants: the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant offers apprentices a $1,000 grant when they complete the first or second year or level of their program; and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant offers $2,000 to apprentices who complete their training and become certified journeypersons.

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