Municipality Profiles

Town of Pictou

Full name: Town of Pictou
Geographic region: Pictou County


In 2011, Pictou had a population of 3,437 representing a percentage change of -9.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Pictou was 22.8%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 62.2% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.0%. 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.

Pictou occupies a land area of 7.94 square kilometres with a population density of 432.9 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.

97.1% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 2.3% reported French only, and 0.6% 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 Ballot
Voter Turnout (2012): 50.51%
Offices to be elected: 

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

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $6,668,645 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $6,849,050 (2015 Actuals)
Unconditional transfers from government:  $545,715 
Mayor’s salary: $19,000
Councillor’s salary: $11,323

School Boards

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


  • Recreation and Parks
  • Library
  • RCMP Pictou Detachment
  • Fire Services
  • Water Utility
  • Public Works

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