first_imgThe province re-introduced legislation today, Nov. 28, that supports efforts to ensure that Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government have the same offshore job-safety rules. “Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the federal government are close to completing an agreement for mirror legislation on job safety, so we want to keep the bill on the order paper as a sign to our partners of our continued support,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. The bill re-introduced today replaces one that was on the order paper of the last session of the Legislative Assembly when it was adjourned. It amends the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act. Currently, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board imposes occupational health and safety requirements on offshore operations as a condition of licence. The soon-to-be completed agreement will replace that system with specific occupational health and safety legislation. This will give all three jurisdictions the same rules and improve the management of offshore job safety. Mr. Parent said confirmation of the agreement is expected shortly from the other partners. Nova Scotia will then draft an updated bill and consult interested groups. Canada and Nova Scotia governments have agreed to jointly manage offshore oil and gas activities. All legislation affecting the offshore has to be passed by both the Nova Scotia legislature and Parliament. Newfoundland and Labrador will draft similar legislation so offshore companies and workers will have the same rules in each province. The bill may be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/60th_1st/1st_read/b018.htm .last_img read more