Municipality Profiles

Town of Antigonish

Full name: Town of Antigonish
Geographic region: Antigonish County


In 2011, Antigonish had a population of 4,524 representing a percentage change of 6.8% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Antigonish was 21.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 67.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 11.0%. 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.

Antigonish occupies a land area of 5.15 square kilometres with a population density of 879.2 persons per square kilometre. This compares to Nova Scotia’s provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

93.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.6% reported French only, and 5.0% 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: Paper Ballot / or Electronic Voting (internet and telephone)
Voter Turnout (2012): 44.90%
Offices to be elected: 

  • Mayor (elected at-large)
  • 6 Councillors (elected at-large)

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $ 20,648,730 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $21,080,889 (2015 Actuals)
Mayor’s salary: $ 31,974
Councillor’s salary: $ 18,330

School Boards

  • Strait Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provincial


  • Animal Control
  • Waste Management
  • Recreation,
  • Public Works
  • Water and Sewer
  • Electrical Utility

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