Antigonish Cares

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
B2G 1W7

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:

COVID-19 Response

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 (  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 (  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.

Communities in Antigonish County Receive Funding for Clean Energy and Active Transportation Projects

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:



Expressions of Interest: Antigonish Arena Food Services

Are you a food & beverage service provider looking to establish or expand operations in the Antigonish area? If so, this opportunity may be for you! Antigonish restauranteurs and food service providers are among the best in the business. The Antigonish Arena wants to provide an opportunity for this growing sector to make use of its space and make a home for itself at the Arena.

To view the all the details click here.

Mobi Chair Launch

On July 2, Antigonish County Recreation launched Mobi Chairs at Pomquet Beach. A Mobi Chair will allow a person in a wheel chair or with low mobility to access the beach and go into the water! To read the full release click here.