Municipality Profiles

District of East Hants

Full name: Municipality of the District of East Hants
Geographic region: Hants County


In 2011, East Hants (Municipal district) had a population of 22,111, representing a percentage change of 3.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in East Hants, MD was 12.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working-age population (15 to 64) was 70.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.0%. 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 East Hants occupies a land area of 1,786.47 square kilometres with a population density of 12.4 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.

95.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 2.6% 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: Paper Ballots
Voter Turnout (2012): 33.57%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 11 Councillors (11 Districts)
  • Warden is elected by the members of council 

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $ 27,221,604 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $ 31,654,680 (2015 Actuals)
Residential tax rate: 0.8704 % (2016)
Conditional transfers from government: $ 280,557 
Unconditional transfers from government: $ 185,602
Warden’s salary: $34,384
Councillor’s salary: $17,747

School Boards

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


  • Public Works – Solid Waste Management, Water Utility, Roads
  • Recreation – Swimming Pools, Parks, Trails, Playgrounds, Special Events
  • Youth – Jumpstart and Kidsport
  • Planning and Development 

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