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Boat Builder Trade Regulations

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Boat Builder Trade Regulations

made under Section 29 of the

Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act

S.N.S. 2003, c. 1

O.I.C. 2013-204 (June 25, 2013), N.S. Reg. 228/2013


1     These regulations may be cited as the Boat Builder Trade Regulations.


2     (1)    In these regulations,


“Act” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act;


“boat” means a recreational or small commercial vessel that is used solely or partly to navigate in, on, through or immediately above water using any method of propulsion, including wind or muscular power, and includes such a vessel that is under construction;


“boat builder trade” means the occupation of a boat builder, consisting of constructing and repairing boats and including all of the following:


                         (i)     selecting, using and maintaining hand tools,


                         (ii)    selecting, using and maintaining portable power tools,


                         (iii)   operating stationary power tools,


                         (iv)   dismantling, inspecting, replacing and assembling boat equipment and boat parts,


                         (v)    installing internal and external boat hardware fittings,


                         (vi)   building boat frameworks,


                         (vii)  building interior support structures for boats,


                         (viii) installing insulation in boats;


“General Regulations” means the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act General Regulations made under the Act.


       (2)    The definitions contained in the General Regulations apply to these regulations.

Term of apprenticeship for boat builder trade

3     The term of apprenticeship for the boat builder trade is 6000 hours of combined practical experience and technical training approved by the Director, including a probationary period of up to 3 months, and a certification examination.

Ratio of apprentices to journeypersons

4     An employer in the boat builder trade must maintain a minimum ratio of 1 journeyperson for every 4 apprentices, unless the Director permits the ratio to be varied in accordance with Section 24 of the General Regulations.

Wage schedule for apprentices

5     (1)    Subject to subsection (2), the minimum wage for each hour worked by a boat builder apprentice is a percentage of the wage for a boat builder journeyperson in the same place of employment, as set out in the following table:

Wages for Boat Builder Apprentice

Hours in Term of Apprenticeship

Minimum Wage

(% of journeyperson’s wage)








       (2)    An employer must not employ a boat builder apprentice at a wage for actual hours worked that is lower than the wage that would be paid at the minimum wage rate prescribed in the Minimum Wage Order (General) made under the Labour Standards Code.

Certificate through trade qualification

6     For the purpose of paragraph 30(1)(a)(ii)(B) of the General Regulations, which authorizes the Director to issue a certificate of qualification in a designated trade to a person who does not hold a certificate of apprenticeship in the trade if the person applies and meets certain requirements, 10 500 hours is prescribed as the period of employment required for the boat builder trad

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