Municipality Profiles

District of Chester

Full name: Municipality of the District of Chester 
Website: www.chester.ca
Geographic region: Lunenburg County

Demographics

In 2011, Chester (Municipal district)  had a population of 10,599, representing a percentage change of -1.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Chester, MD was 22.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 65.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.4%. 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.

District of Chester occupies a land area of 1,122.22 square kilometres with a population density of 9.4 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, 1.2% reported French only, and 1.6% 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

Method of Voting: Electronic Vote (internet or telephone) and Paper Ballot
Voter Turnout (2012): 60.12%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 7 Councillors ( 7 Districts)
  • Warden is elected by the members of council 

Find Your Candidates: www.localdecisions.ca/find_your_candidates

Financial Information

Residential tax rate:  0.685 % (2016)
Warden’s salary: $37,337
Councillor’s salary: $17,738

School Boards

  • South Shore Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale

Responsibilities

  • Public Works: Sewage, Snow Removal, Road Maintenance, Active Transportation, Waste Collection and Recycling.
  • Animal services
  • Recreation – Parks, Trails, Playgrounds, Community Gardens, Special Events.
  • Youth – PRO Kids Program.

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