Current Notices

Local Improvement Charges FAQs

What Are Local Improvements & Local Improvement Charges?

A local improvement is a new or extension to an existing municipal water, sewer, storm water (curb & gutter) systems, or street improvement. A Local Improvement Charge (LIC) is the cost to the property owner receiving benefit from the improvement.
LICs have long been used by municipalities to help cover the costs of infrastructure improvements deemed to benefit a specific neighbourhood or area. In Antigonish County we have embraced the approach of “user pay” in many areas of municipal service such as street lights, fire protection, road improvements, and water and sewer systems. This approach is particularly appropriate for rural municipalities where service levels vary among communities and residents.
LICs are used as a means of directly connecting the costs of capital improvements to those who enjoy them. This practice reflects the reality we face: costs are rising and municipalities require revenue beyond general taxation and infrastructure funding from other levels of government to support growth.

To see the FAQ regarding Local Improvement Charges please click here.

MCA0617 Administration Building Exterior Staining Tender

AWARDED on July 12th to Tim Leslie and Leslie Professional Painting Company

The contact price for the work as outlined in tender is $16,200.00 

The Municipality is accepting Sealed Tenders from contractors until 12:00 pm, noon, local time, AST, on Thursday June 22, 2017.

Tenders should be directed to Daryl Myers, Director of Public Works, of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, and are to be submitted with the bid form provided in an envelope marked “Administration Building Exterior Staining Tender”. A deposit of 10% of the bid price must be included with the Tender Application by certified cheque.

Bidders are solely responsible for the delivery of their bids in the manner and time prescribed. Bids received after the time and date stated will be rejected. Tenders may be accepted in person, at 285 Beech Hill Rd or electronically to with Administration Building Exterior Staining Tender in the subject title.

Full tender information and tender application is available here.

MCA0617 Administration Building Exterior Staining Tender


The Municipal and School Board elections will be held on Saturday, October 15th, 2016.

Electors may vote between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the locations listed below or at the advance poll. The advance polls will be held on Saturday, the 8th of October, 2016 and on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m.

Municipal Election

Office                             Candidates                 Polling Locations

Councillor District 1 Mary MacLellan

Ryan Smith

Poll 1A      H. M. MacDonald Elementary School, 2811 Hwy 245

Poll 1B      North Shore Fire Hall, 432 Marsh Rd

Councillor District 2 Donald Grady

Donnie F MacDonald

Poll 2A      Municipal Admin Building, 285 Beech Hill Rd

Poll 2B      Mini Trail Community Centre, 4482 Hwy 337

 Councillor District 3 Hughie Stewart Acclaimed
 Councillor District 4 Vaughn Chisholm

Mike MacEachern

St. Andrew Junior School, 2 Appleseed Dr.

(all polling divisions)

 Councillor District 5 Remi Deveau Acclaimed
 Councillor District 6 Owen McCarron Acclaimed
 Councillor District 7 John Dunbar

Matt Schumacher

Heatherton Community Centre, 42 Summerside Rd

(all polling divisions)

 Councillor District 8 Pierre Boucher

Vernon Boudreau

Gary Mattie

East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy, 10128 Hwy 4

(all polling divisions)

 Councillor District 9 Russell Boucher Acclaimed
 Councillor District 10 Bill MacFarlane Acclaimed

School Boards – Strait Regional School Board & Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial

Office Candidate Poll
SRSB Electoral District 7

(Polling Districts 1,2,3,4 & 10)

Richelle MacLaughlin  Acclaimed
SRSB Electoral District 8

(Polling Districts 5,6,7,8 &9)

Jamie Samson Acclaimed
SRSB African NS Member Joanne Reddick Acclaimed
CSAP Electoral District of Antigonish Alfred M Benoit Acclaimed


Advance polls will be held on Saturday, the 8th of October, 2016 and on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, between the hours of 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m

Districts 1, 2, 4, and 7                     Municipal Administration Centre, 285 Beech Hill Road

District 8                                            Tracadie Meeting Place, 9701 Highway 4, Tracadie

Dated at Beech Hill, Nova Scotia this 14th day of September, 2016.

-Linda Arsenault, Returning Officer.



             OFFICE                                                                   CANDIDATE(s)

District 1                                Mary MacLellan (incumbent)                 Ryan Smith

District 2                                Donnie F. MacDonald (incumbent)       Donald Grady

District 3                                Hughie Stewart (acclaimed)

District 4                                Vaughan Chisholm (incumbent)            Mike MacEachern

District 5                                Rémi Deveau (acclaimed)

District 6                                Owen McCarron (acclaimed)

District 7                                John Dunbar                               Matt Schumacher

District 8                               Pierre Boucher (incumbent)     Vernon Boudreau            Gary Mattie

District 9                               Russell Boucher (acclaimed)

District 10                             Bill MacFarlane (acclaimed)

Strait Regional School Board Richelle MacLaughlin (acclaimed)

Electoral District 7 (Polling Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, & 10)

Strait Regional School Board Jamie Samson (acclaimed)

Electoral District 8 (Polling Districts 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9)

Strait Regional School Board Joanne Reddick (acclaimed) African NS member

Member of Conseil Scolaire Alfred M Benoit (acclaimed) Acadien provincial (CSAP)

Electoral District of Antigonish

Notice – Disruption of Postal Services

Please note: In the event of disruptions to Canada Post’s mail service, the Municipality of the County of Antigonish would like to remind residents that they are still responsible for timely payments on all account balances.

Water Utility customers are reminded that the water bills for September will be issued at the beginning of September and due on September 30, 2016. Payments may be made at the Municipal Administrative Building located at 285 Beech Hill Road via cash, cheque, Interac, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.  Payments may also be made by using your banks online or telephone banking services.

If you have any questions or would like to know your account balances, please contact us at 902-863-1117 or by email at

Press Release – ENSE Usage of the Antigonish Arena

RE:       Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition Usage of the Antigonish Arena

Date: 25 August 2016

On August 10, 2016, the Antigonish Arena Commission notified the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition (ENSE) it would have to change the date of the 2017 and any future Exhibition to accommodate additional ice-rentals.  Unknown to the Arena Commission at that time, it did not have the authority to make that decision.

Signed in 2014, the Antigonish-Guysborough Federation of Agriculture holds a 10-year lease with the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and the Town of Antigonish, which permits the usage of the Antigonish Arena for two weeks of the year for holding an exhibition.  For generations the ENSE has been held during the same week in late August – early September.  To change this tradition requires the approval of both Municipal and Town councils.

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, Municipal Council met to discuss the Arena Commission’s action.  Council has determined that they are not prepared to change the lease terms, permitting the 2017 and future Exhibitions to continue during its traditional dates.

From hockey to horses, the Municipality recognizes the value of recreation in all its forms.  We have invested heavily into the Antigonish Arena and want to see it succeed.  Likewise, the time and effort farmers put into their crops and livestock, and the celebration of that success, are important to our heritage and local economy.

We hope that the community conversations that have begun in the past two weeks will continue in a constructive manner, so that we might see further improvement & utilization of these community facilities.

For more information please contact Municipality of the County of Antigonish at (902) 863-1117

Calling All Artists for our 2nd Mural Competition

mural call 2016

2nd Municipal Mural Competition call for proposals.

2016 Mural will be installed at Havre Boucher Community Centre.

Proposal Requirements:

  • 5 – 10 images or audio/visual samples on CD-Rom or DVD
  • image/slide list including the artist’s name, title of work, medium, dimensions, and date of completion and current CV
  • design proposal and artist statement (no longer than one page)
  • copies of catalogue texts or reviews (if relevant)

An artist’s honorarium of $2,500 will be provided. This fee shall cover the cost of supplies. The Municipality will provide for the base for the mural and will cover the cost of installation.

Proposals must be submitted by 4:00pm on July 22, 2016.

Direct complete proposals to the attention of Tammy Feltmate, Director of Environment, Safety and Community Affairs at 285 Beech Hill Rd, Antigonish, NS, B2G 0B4.