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The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS), is a non-profit association that seeks to promote the food and beverage sector and impact the operating environment of the industry in a positive way. Through government advocacy, marketing, promotion, partnerships, education and outreach, RANS has successfully represented the food and beverage sector since 1947.

Our mission is to provide leadership to the hospitality industry through advocacy, partnerships and promotion.


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    The Patron Accountability, Safety & Service (PASS) program has been developed to encourage and promote a safe and comfortable environment for patrons and staff members frequenting licensed establishments. The program was piloted in 2012 in the HRM area and has expanded across Nova Scotia.

    PASS is a bar suspension program for participating establishments in Nova Scotia, with assistance from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS), Halifax Regional Police (HRP), Liquor Enforcement Unit and the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The management, maintenance of records, administration and electronic database will be controlled by RANS. 

    The program is administered by a PASS Management Committee; including two representatives of the licensed premises participating in the PASS Program, and one representative from each of the following; RANS, HRP Liquor Enforcement Unit, an appointee at large (optional) and an advisory member from the Alcohol and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. This committee meets on a regular basis to review suspensions. Suspensions of patrons may be issued for incidents that occur on or off the premises such as a weapons offence, underage drinking, intoxication, violent offences and more. 

    A mandatory “Incident Report” must be filed by participating establishments for all suspensions of six months or more. A copy of the incident report is to be e-mailed or faxed to RANS within 24 hours of the incident occurring. RANS will maintain an inventory of all incident reports. The maximum suspension imposed shall be "indefinite". An indefinite suspension shall be in effect for a minimum of 12 months from the date of the incident. The Management Committee may review the indefinite suspension at any time after the initial 12 months has begun.

    Persons suspended from the premises shall be served a notice of the suspension. Notice may be provided through written notice, verbally or electronically. Suspensions in place prior to the commencement date of this program shall continue to be in effect ONLY at the participating business which issued the suspension. 

    The management committee will hold review meetings each quarter to review any contested suspensions. All parties involved will be notified of the process in advance of the meeting. 

    For more information please contact pass@rans.ca.

    RANS is recipient of the 2013 Ministers Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention in the Business Category for our work with the PASS Program.


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