Municipality Profiles

Town of Shelburne

Full name: Town of Shelburne
Geographic region: Inverness County


In 2011, Shelburne had a population of 1,686 representing a percentage change of -10.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Shelburne was 22.2%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 65.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 12.5%. 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.

Shelburne occupies a land area of 9.00 square kilometres with a population density of 187.3 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.

97.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.9% reported French only, and 1.5% 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): 66.98%
Offices to be elected: 

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

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $4,007,858 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $3,951,919 (2015 Actuals)
Residential tax rate: 2.04% (2016)
Conditional transfers from government: $163,887
Unconditional transfers from government:  $369,940
Mayor’s salary: $16,000
Councillor’s salary: $9,500

School Boards

  • Tri-County Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provincial


  • Garbage and Recycling
  • Fire Services
  • RCMP Shelburne Detachment
  • Water Utility
  • Public Works and Infrastructure

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