Security staff will now need a criminal record check and security training to work at late-night bars known as cabarets.
Bar security staff will need to take an approved security training course by July 1 in order to work at cabarets. They will also need to provide a criminal record check on request and complete a responsible beverage service training program.
At least one manager or supervisor who has completed both training programs and provided a criminal record check will also need to be on-site during opening hours.
“Bouncers are there for one reason: to help keep people safe. This new training will give them the tools to better understand how to do that,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister Colton LeBlanc.
Security staff will need to complete the Alberta ProTect Security Training Program, offered online. In the coming months, the Province plans to develop its own training program, which will replace the Alberta program.
The responsible beverage service program, known as Serve Right, is offered in partnership with the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia.
If cabarets are found to be in violation of these new licensing requirements, they will be subject to corrective action, which could include a suspension of their liquor license.
“Providing additional training for security personnel who work in the bar scene is a positive step. When individuals have the resources and skill sets to support them in doing their job, it is beneficial to the health and safety of customers and employees.”
– Natasha Chestnut, Executive Director, Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia
— class A cabaret liquor licenses are issued to bars that are considered higher risk because they are open until 3:30 a.m. and focus on primarily serving alcohol
— these new rules will apply to five cabarets: The Dome/Level 8 Night Club & Lounge, HFX Sports Bar & Grill/The Alehouse, and the Toothy Moose, all in Halifax, and the Capri Cabaret in Sydney.
— the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco division of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services is responsible for enforcing the Liquor Control Act and Liquor Licensing Regulations to ensure the safe consumption of alcohol.
— The Private Investigators and Private Guards Act regulates contract security businesses and their employees; under the act, there is an exemption from licensing for in-house security, such as door staff.