On Monday, June 8, 2020, Municipal Council approved its approximate $15,600,000 2020/21 Municipal Operating Budget and $4,200,000 Capital Budget.
Municipal Council unanimously approved the budget with no increases to the residential tax rate, commercial tax rate or sewer rates. Warden Owen McCarron stated “The Municipality continues to be a strong financial steward, demonstrated by our ability to invest in municipal operations and infrastructure, pay down debt, and maintain one of the most competitive tax rates in the province, both residential and commercial.”
To read the full release click here:
Budget Media Release
The Municipal Office has opened following the COVID-19 closure. Please review the new protocols below.
For building permits inquiries or to schedule inspections, please call 902-631-1662.
The County Connect will be going out to mailboxes in the County and Town of Antigonish this week. Inside the newsletter, there is an insert which we are asking all residents to display in your windows to support our essential service workers.
Let’s show our community how much we care!
If you would like a another, you can print from here and below you will find options for social media channels:
Download the PDF here.
Downloadable images for social media:
April 18 and 19th will go down in history as two of the most devastating days Nova Scotia has ever endured. On behalf of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to everyone who has been affected by the events that took place over the weekend. Many innocent victims and families having to grieve the loss of their loved ones is certainly not fair.
We are thinking of the first responders who had to witness what took place at each crime scene and worked diligently to ensure the safety of Nova Scotians. Special thanks to the RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and all of those involved in the take down of the assailant to put an end to the rampage. The RCMP did a remarkable job helping to keep Nova Scotians safe.
To the family, friends and co-workers of Constable Heidi Stevenson, please know that you are forever in our prayers. Constable Heidi Stevenson formally called Antigonish home and we grieve along with you.
Take time to grieve, know that you are not alone and all of Nova Scotia is wrapping our arms around you. Take care of each other, we are stronger together.
If you need support, reach out, the phone lines below have people ready to listen:
• Nova Scotia 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167
• Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
• Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
• Morneau Shepell has also opened its 24/7 crisis support line that is bilingual: 1-844-751-2133
Warden, Municipality of the County of Antigonish
Do you have a loved one, family friend, or former neighbour living in a long-term care home
in our community? Why not take this time to reach out, send a note or draw picture that
could help brighten someone’s day! Let’s stay in touch and let residents and workers know that we are thinking of them by sending messages of support, thanks and friendship to brighten spirits and lift the hearts those who need it the most.
The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is jointly owned by the Town of Antigonish and the
Municipality of the County of Antigonish. Right now, we are thinking of the 136 residents
and staff members who need a little extra support from our community during this time.
We invite you and your family to send letters, cards, pictures, paintings and messages of
hope to the residents and staff of the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home or any other facility in
Antigonish Town and County.
R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home
64 Pleasant Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Cards and letters for the R.K. MacDonald can be mailed or dropped in a secure outdoor
drop box at:
If you use the dropbox, please be sure to follow proper physical/social distancing guidelines
from other residents and employees and wash your hands when you return home.
You can also send messages of support via email to: RK.ADMINAssistant@rkmacdonald.ca.
Click here to see a message from Dr. Robert Strang, the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia. To see the release in French, please click here.
Click here for a list of FAQs to support the Public Health Protection Act Order.
Click here for a statement from Warden Owen McCarron, Mayor Laurie Boucher, Chief PJ Prosper and Dr. Kevin Wamsley on the importance of community during the uncertainty presented by COVID-19.
UPDATE -March 16, 2020 9PM
In an effort to curb transmission of COVID-19 in our community and protect the health of municipal officials, the Antigonish County Municipal Office and Public Works Building will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. Services will be provide via phone and online. There is no interruptions to Solid Waste Collection service. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the municipal office at 902.863.1117. We thank all residents for their patience and cooperation as our collective response to this pandemic evolves.
COVID-19 has challenged us in our workplace and in our personal lives. The last few days have been hectic and ever changing. Given recent events we want to ensure the health and safety of our staff and our community. As we enter these uncharted waters, the following measures are being implemented immediately to maintain the health and safety of municipal staff:
- Increased disinfection measures on common and personal surface areas, door handles, glass screens, bathrooms, chair handles etc.
- The door between the lobby and back office will remain closed until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the back office.
- The Public Works Building is closed to the public until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the public works building.
- The Scale House is closed to the public until further notice; only municipal employees are permitted in the Scale House.
- All in-person meetings are to be changed to phone calls or teleconferences.
- The equipment loan program has been suspended. If you currently have equipment signed out, hang onto it until business resumes as usual.
- Rate-payers are being directed and encouraged to pay bills online and over the phone.
- Applications for recreation jobs are encouraged to be submitted online (firstname.lastname@example.org). If applications come to the building, drop boxes have been placed in the foyer to receive them.
- Applications for Community Partnership Grants are encouraged to be submitted online (email@example.com). If applications come to the building, drop boxes have been placed in the foyer to receive them.
- Gloves and hand sanitizers have been made available to front line staff who will continue to have direct contact with the public.
- When meeting and socializing internally among staff, please observe physical distancing (six-feet) and hand washing protocols.
- The Antigonish Arena will be closed to the public effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until April 3, 2020.
The province is helping to reduce emissions in Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and Antigonish by investing in three new clean energy and active transportation projects.
Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Feb. 14, over $104,000 for three projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program.
We are excited to be part of this joint initiative with Chief Prosper and his team at Paqtnkek. The support from the LCC fund allows us to explore how we increase options for low carbon energy delivery. We hope to look for solutions that build on current practices and policies and identify new options for community members. We want to try new technology, connect with traditional practices while connecting with local schools and businesses for training and service development possibilities. Low Carbon Communities allows us see what is possible.
~Owen McCarron, Warden, Municipality of the County of Antigonish
To view the full release click here:
We are now accepting application to the Community Partnership Grant Program.
Deadline for applications has been extended to April 14, 2020. Completed applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Partnership Grant Application can be found here.
Community Partnership Grant Guidelines can be found here.