Municipality Profiles

County of Colchester

Full name: Municipality of the County of Colchester
Website: www.colchester.ca
Geographic region: Colchester County

Demographics

In 2011, County of Colchester had a population of 50,968, representing a percentage change of 1.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%. In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in County of Colchester was 16.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%.

The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 68.5% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 14.8%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

County of Colchester occupies a land area of 3,627.94 square kilometres with a population density of 14.0 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

 96.8% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.1% reported French only, and 2.1% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.

Election Notes

Voter Turnout (2012): 34.50%
Offices to be elected: 

  • Mayor (elected at-large)
  • 11 Councillors (11 Districts) 

Find Your Candidates: www.localdecisions.ca/find_your_candidates

Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $42,395,100 (Actual, 2015)
Total annual revenues: $46,349,333 (Actual, 2015)
Residential tax rate: 0.87% (2015-16)
Conditional transfers from government: $ 4,165,293
Unconditional transfers from government: $536,614
Mayor’s salary: $ 39,000
Councillor’s salary: $ 18,335

School Boards

  • Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale

Responsibilities

  • Public Works – Infrastructure Maintenance, Wastewater Treatment, Water Utility. Solid Waste Management and Recycling
  • Animal Services
  • Community Planning
  • Recreational Service – Summer Camps, Community Events, Trails, Parks, Active Transportation

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