Municipality Profiles

District of West Hants

Full name: The Municipality of the District of West Hants
Website: www.westhants.ca
Geographic region: Hants County

Demographics

In 2011, District of West Hants had a population of 14,165, representing a percentage change of 2.1% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in West Hants District was 15.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working-age population (15 to 64) was 69.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.7%. 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 West Hants occupies a land area of 1,241.95 square kilometres with a population density of 11.4 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.

97.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 1.1% 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

Method of Voting: Paper Ballots
Voter Turnout (2012): 27.25%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 10 Councillors (10 Districts)
  • Warden is elected by the members of council 

Find Your Candidates: www.localdecisions.ca/find_your_candidates

Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $12,814,630 (Actual, 2015)
Total annual revenues: $13,099,668 (Actual, 2015)
Residential tax rate: 1.0064% (2016-17)
Conditional transfers from government: $95,180
Unconditional transfers from government: $128,907
Warden’s salary: $35,000
Councillor’s salary: $15,000

School Boards

  • Annapolis Valley Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale

Responsibilities

  • Public Works – Potable Water, Roads, Sewage, Waste and Recycling
  • Recreation – Facilities, Parks, Summer Programs, Senior Games, Active Transportation.
  • Youth – Kidsport, Jumpstart, Active Kids Healthy Kids, Teddy Bear Jamboree Children’s Games.

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