Municipality Profiles

District of Clare

Full name: The Municipality of the District of Clare
Geographic region: Digby County


In 2011, Clare (Municipal district)  had a population of 8,319, representing a percentage change of -5.6% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Clare, MD was 22.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 65.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.1%. 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 Clare occupies a land area of 852.82 square kilometres with a population density of 9.8 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.

33.7% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 62.2% reported French only, and 1.0% 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 and telephone) and Paper Ballots
Voter Turnout (2012): 66.26%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 8 Councillors (8 Districts)
  • Warden is elected by the members of council 

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $8,560,177 (2015, Actual)
Total annual revenues: $8,617,944 (2015, Actual)
Residential tax rate: 1.04 % (2016-17)
Conditional transfers from government: $355,946
Unconditional transfers from government: $223,087
Mayor’s salary: $28,531
Councillor’s salary: $18,260

School Boards

  • Tri-County Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale


  • Public Works – Wastewater Treatment, Waste Management and Recycling
  • Recreation Services
  • Renewal Energy
  • Tourism

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