Colchester is a progressive, rural municipality that offers an unparalleled work-life balance; it is a county of close-knit communities, respectful and caring of our diverse heritage and culture; and, is a community of talented people and businesses. 

The Municipality of Colchester is currently seeking volunteers to fill various vacancies on the following Boards and Committees for the 2020-2024 term of Council:

Agricultural Working Committee:  1-2 representatives from the farming industry;

Audit Committee: 1-2 citizen representatives;

Citizens Monitoring Committee (Kemptown Host Community):  6 host community representatives (applicants must reside in Kemptown) and 6 members at large;

Citizens Monitoring Committee (Wind Turbines): 1-2 citizen representatives from each Greenfield, Nuttby, and Truro Heights/Hilden;

Cobequid Housing Authority:  1 citizen representative;

Debert Business Park Advisory Committee:  2 business representatives, 1 citizen representative;

Debert Source Water Protection Advisory Committee:  1 business representative, 1 citizen representative and 1 representative from the First Nation Community;

Flood Advisory Committee: 2 citizen representatives;

Joint Flood Advisory Committee:  1 citizen representative;

Joint Planning Advisory Committee: 1 citizen representative;

Joint Police Advisory Board:  2 citizen representatives;

Planning Advisory Committee:  4 citizen representatives;

Tatamagouche Planning Advisory Committee:  5-7 citizen representatives (applicants must reside in the Village of Tatamagouche);

Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Advisory Committee:  2 citizen representatives (applicants must be from the Tatamagouche watershed area), 1 representative from the North Shore River Restoration Group, and 1 representative from the Village Commission;

Tatamagouche Water Utility Committee:  3 citizen representatives (applicants must live in the area serviced by the Tatamagouche Water Utility).

Letters of interest, including relevant background information, or any questions for the above appointments, should be submitted to:         

The Nominating Committee, c/o The Municipality of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, NS    B2N 3Z5
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Expressions of interest should be received no later than 12 noon on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Dated October 17, 2020

Rob Simonds
Chief Administrative Officer  

A Gift to Uplift Spirits

The Municipality of Colchester received a special gift of handcrafted Nova Scotia themed buoys this week to pass on to families of the victims and to survivors of the April 18 and 19 tragedy to help uplift their spirits.

The gift was received from retired Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Craig McCormick who first started making and selling the buoys from his home near Kemptville, Ontario to raise funds in support of the victims’ families.

Uplifting Spirits Buoy

“When I first learned about the tragedy in Nova Scotia, I knew I wanted to do something to help and to let those affected know that they were not alone,” said McCormick.

Hundreds of buoys have been sold across Canada, and in the United States through McCormick’s Uplifting Spirits Facebook page with all proceeds going to the local Nova Scotia Remembers Legacy Society established to assist the affected families and communities.

“The location of each buoy sold is pinned on the Facebook page map. It is wonderful to see such widespread love and support from all over,” said McCormick. Four hundred buoys have been sold to date and sales are anticipated to reach over five hundred before the end of the year.


“I’ve been making the buoys in an open-air workshop, but with the weather starting to change I expect production will be stifled for a bit. Though I hope to keep making them as long as people continue to ask for them,” said McCormick.

Colchester County Mayor, Christine Blair noted that the Municipality has experienced many generous acts of kindness in recent months. “From donations and thoughtful gifts, to encouraging letters, it is reassuring to know that we are in the hearts and minds of so many all across Canada,” said Blair. “We thank Mr. McCormick and all who have made such heart-warming gestures to help our community through these difficult times.”

For information on how to order an Uplifting Spirits buoy visit:


Strategic Priorities and Administrative Update

The following link provides an update on the status of Council's strategic priorities and serves to reflect the accomplishments during Council's 2016-2020 term of office. 

pdf Strategic Priorities Update (August 2020) (5.25 MB)

Tax Sale - November 17, 2020

In accordance with the Municipal Government Act of the Province of Nova Scotia,


That the lands and premises situated in the County of Colchester hereunder described shall be SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION for the arrears of rates and taxes due to the Municipality of the County of Colchester, unless the arrears of rates, taxes and expenses hereunder specified are paid in full. The auction will be held in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, 42 Brunswick Street, Truro on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  The Municipality will follow Public Health Guidelines and procedures, such as social distancing, providing hand sanitizer upon entry, and the wearing of masks.  Masks (non-medical) will be mandatory.

For a list of properties up for tax sale,  pdf click here (133 KB)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - Citizen Appointee for the RECC Board

The Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) is a leading sport, recreation and wellness facility in Eastern Canada operated by a Board of Directors.  The Board provides governance and leadership for all operational elements of the facility.  The Municipality of Colchester is currently seeking a highly motivated, skilled and dynamic citizen representative to fill a seat on the RECC Board for a four-year term.

Individuals interested in applying to fill this seat on the Board are asked to respond in writing by October 30, 2020.  Applications or letters of interest outlining credentials and related experience in this capacity, contact information, as well as any other relevant information, should be forwarded to:

The Nominating Committee
c/o The Municipality of Colchester
1 Church Street, Truro, NS    B2N 3Z5   
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Any questions regarding the above position should be directed to the Administration Office of the Municipality at 902-897-3184.

Dated October 8, 2020
Rob Simonds, Chief Administrative Officer

Casual Admin Support Clerk - Closing Monday, October 26, 2020

The Municipality of Colchester is seeking casual on-call Administrative Support Clerk to join our team. The administrative support clerk is scheduled to fill in for full-time administrative support staff during periods of vacation and/or illness. The Administrative Support Clerk provides administrative and clerical support and receptionist services to multiple municipal departments within the courthouse and Kemptown.

For more information, download,  pdf Casual Admin Support Clerk (313 KB)