Municipality Profiles

District of Guysborough

Full name: The Municipality of the District of Guysborough
Geographic region: Guysborough County


In 2011, Guysborough (Municipal district) had a population of 4,189, representing a percentage change of -10.5% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Guysborough, MD was 26.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working-age population (15 to 64) was 63.8% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 10.3%. 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 Guysborough occupies a land area of 2,111.42 square kilometres with a population density of 2.0 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.

95.1% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 4.5% reported French and English both, and 0.5% 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 Voting (internet and telephone)
Voter Turnout (2012): 83.03%
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: $20,473,049 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $21,653,892 (2015 Actuals)
Residential tax rate: 0.61% (2016)
Conditional transfers from government: $320,833 
Unconditional transfers from government: $332,151

School Boards

  • Strait Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale


  • Public Works – Water, Wastewater, Sidewalks
  • Waste Management – Waste Collection and Recycling
  • Recreation – Swimming pools, Fitness Centres, Tennis Courts, Multipurpose Facilities, Skating Rink, Performance Centre.
  • Planning and Development

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