Municipality Profiles

Town of Port Hawkesbury

Full name: Town of Port Hawkesbury
Geographic region: Inverness County


In 2011, Port Hawkesbury had a population of 3,366 representing a percentage change of -4.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Port Hawkesbury was 16.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 66.7% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 17.3%. 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.

Port Hawkesbury occupies a land area of 8.11 square kilometres with a population density of 414.8 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.

94.0% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 4.2% reported French only, and 1.8% 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): 70.16%
Offices to be elected: 

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

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Financial Information

Residential tax rate: 1.80% (2015)

School Boards

  • Strait Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale


  • Waste Management
  • Volunteer Fire Department
  • Library
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Special Events / Tourism
  • Public Works
  • Water Utility

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