Municipality Profiles

Town of Truro

Full name: Town of Truro
Geographic region: Colchester County


In 2011, Truro had a population of 12,059 representing a percentage change of 2.5% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Truro was 22.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 64.8% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.1%. 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.

Truro occupies a land area of 37.63 square kilometres with a population density of 320.5 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.

96.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 2.7% 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): 46.59%
Offices to be elected: 

  • Mayor (elected at-large)
  • 6 Councillors (3 Districts) 

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $28,310,552 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $27,381,881 (2015 Actuals)
Residential tax rate: 1.80% (2015)
Conditional transfers from government: $1,877,824
Unconditional transfers from government:  $1,367,613
Mayor’s salary: $36,550
Councillor’s salary: $21,100

School Boards

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


  • Fire Services
  • Police Services
  • Parks, Recreation and Culture
  • Public Works (water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, and solid waste collection)

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