List of municipalities in Nova Scotia

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Location of Nova Scotia in Canada

This is a list of incorporated municipalities in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Incorporated municipalities in Nova Scotia are either counties, towns or regional municipalities and are incorporated under the Municipal Government Act.[1] This act gives municipal councils the power to make bylaws for “health, well being, safety and protection of persons” and “safety and protection of property” in addition to a few express powers.[2] There are no incorporated cities in Nova Scotia.

County[edit]

Counties of Nova Scotia
County County
Seat
Area
(km2)
Population
(2011)
Annapolis Annapolis Royal 3,184.97 20,756
Antigonish Antigonish 1,457.82 19,589
Colchester Truro 3,627.69 50,986
Cumberland Amherst 4,271.14 31,353
Digby Digby 2,515.23 18,036
Guysborough Guysborough 4,044.22 8,143
Hants Windsor 3,049.08 42,304
Inverness Port Hood 3,830.40 17,947
Kings Kentville 2,122.18 60,589
Lunenburg Lunenburg 2,907.93 47,313
Pictou Pictou 2,845.26 45,643
Richmond Arichat 1,244.24 9,293
Shelburne Shelburne 2,464.65 14,496
Victoria Baddeck 2,870.85 7,115
Yarmouth Yarmouth 2,123.25 25,275

Municipalities[edit]

Map of present day Nova Scotia
Map of Nova Scotia, showing the major population centres

Regional municipalities[edit]

Nova Scotia has three regional municipalities.

Former cities[edit]

Nova Scotia has three former cities, which were added to the regional municipalities in the 1990s. They are:

Towns[edit]

A town is a type of municipality in the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia. Towns are incorporated by order by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board pursuant to sections 383 through 388 of Nova Scotia's Municipal Government Act.[3]

Nova Scotia had 31 towns at the time of the 2011 Census.[4] This total was reduced to 30 when Canso dissolved on July 1, 2012 to become part of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.[5] In the 2011 Census, the remaining 30 towns had a cumulative population of 106,564 and an average population of 3,552. Nova Scotia's largest and smallest towns are Truro and Annapolis Royal with populations of 12,059 and 481 respectively.[4]

Municipal districts[edit]

Nova Scotia has 12 municipal districts.

List of municipalities[edit]

Skyline of Halifax
Halifax is Nova Scotia's capital and largest municipality.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton is Nova Scotia's second-largest municipality.
Lunenburg harbourfront
The harbourfront of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia's third-largest municipality.
Name Municipal Type Population
(2011)
Population
(2006)
Change
(%)
Land
area
(km²)
Population
density
(per km2)
Cape Breton Regional Municipality 97,398 102,250 −4.7 2,433.35 40.0
Halifax Regional Municipality 390,096 372,679 4.7 5,490.28 71.1
Queens Regional Municipality 10,917 11,177 −2.3 2,392.85 4.6
Amherst Town 9,717 9,505 2.2 12.02 808.4
Annapolis Royal Town 481 444 8.3 2.04 235.8
Antigonish Town 4,524 4,236 6.8 5.15 879.2
Berwick Town 2,454 2,454 0 6.66 368.6
Bridgetown Town 949 972 −2.4 3.54 267.8
Bridgewater Town 8,241 7,944 3.7 13.6 605.8
Clark's Harbour Town 820 860 −4.7 2.9 282.7
Digby Town 2,152 2,092 2.9 3.14 686.1
Hantsport Town 1,159 1,191 −2.7 2.13 544.6
Kentville Town 6,094 5,815 4.8 17.35 351.2
Lockeport Town 588 646 −9 2.32 253.4
Lunenburg Town 2,313 2,317 −0.2 4.01 576.9
Mahone Bay Town 943 904 4.3 3.13 301.4
Middleton Town 1,749 1,829 −4.4 5.44 321.6
Mulgrave Town 794 879 −9.7 17.81 44.6
New Glasgow Town 9,562 9,455 1.1 9.93 963.3
Oxford Town 1,151 1,178 −2.3 10.76 106.9
Parrsboro Town 1,305 1,401 −6.9 14.88 87.7
Pictou Town 3,437 3,813 −9.9 7.94 432.9
Port Hawkesbury Town 3,366 3,517 −4.3 8.11 414.8
Shelburne Town 1,686 1,879 −10.3 9 187.3
Springhill Town 3,868 3,941 −1.9 11.15 346.8
Stellarton Town 4,485 4,717 −4.9 8.99 498.8
Stewiacke Town 1,438 1,421 1.2 17.67 81.4
Trenton Town 2,616 2,741 −4.6 6 435.7
Truro Town 12,059 11,765 2.5 37.63 320.5
Westville Town 3,798 3,805 −0.2 14.39 264
Windsor Town 3,785 3,709 2 9.06 417.8
Wolfville Town 4,269 3,772 13.2 6.45 661.7
Yarmouth Town 6,761 7,162 −5.6 10.56 640.3
Argyle Municipal District 8,252 8,656 −4.7 1,528.10 5.4
Barrington Municipal District 6,994 7,331 −4.6 631.94 11.1
Chester Municipal District 10,599 10,741 −1.3 1,122.22 9.4
Clare Municipal District 8,319 8,813 −5.6 852.82 9.8
Digby Municipal District 7,463 7,986 −6.5 1,655.88 4.5
East Hants Municipal District 22,111 21,397 3.3 1,786.47 12.4
Guysborough Municipal District 4,189 4,681 −10.5 2,111.42 2.0
Lunenburg Municipal District 25,118 25,164 −0.2 1,759.64 14.3
Shelburne Municipal District 4,408 4,828 −8.7 1,818.49 2.4
St. Mary's Municipal District 2,354 2,587 −9.0 1,909.59 1.2
West Hants Municipal District 14,165 13,871 2.1 1,241.95 11.4
Yarmouth Municipal District 10,105 10,304 −1.9 585.75 17.3
Total regional municipalities - 498,411 486,106 2.5 10,316.48 48.3
Total municipal districts - 124,077 126,359 −1.8 17,004.18 7.3
Total towns - 106,564 106,364 0.2 283.76 375.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.canlii.org/en/ns/laws/stat/sns-1998-c-18/latest/part-1/sns-1998-c-18-part-1.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.community.gov.yk.ca/pdf/ma_pt.pdf
  3. ^ "Municipal Government Act". Office of the Legislative Counsel, Nova Scotia House of Assembly. June 19, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. December 18, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Decision NSUARB-MB-10-2". Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.