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Safely Store Sharps At Home During The Covid-19 Situation

Pharmacies are instructing patients to use heavy duty plastic containers to store used needles (‘sharps’) at home until further notice.  Containers like those used for laundry soap should be labelled Sharps and kept safely out of reach of children.

NO sharps or containers with sharps inside should ever be put in the garbage or recycling for collection.  Help us keep our workers safe!

Pharmacies will not be accepting used sharps because suppliers will not be shipping sharps pails during the COVID-19 situation.  Labelled sharps containers will be accepted by pharmacies at a future date that will be posted when known.

For more information on safe sharps disposal go to the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) or contact the Colchester Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777.

Please continue to vist this site for updated information as it becomes available.

Municipal Building Closures & Service Changes

All Municipality of Colchester buildings are closed to the public until further notice to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The closures include all Colchester Solid Waste Facilities.  Only licensed haulers and collection trucks will be accepted at the site until further notice.  Curbside collection will continue as regularly scheduled.  Call the Solid Waste Helpline for additional information: 902-895-4777.

All recreational programming is cancelled until further notice.

Municipal essential services will continue during building closures.  These include solid waste collection, sewer and water maintenance, snow removal, critical road repairs, building inspection, and bill processing.

The application deadline for the Low-Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program has been extended to May 29, 2020.

For the latest information about Municipal services please visit colchester.ca or call 902-897-3160

The Municipality is closely following advice from the Province of Nova Scotia as it is continually updated on Government of Nova Scotia - COVID-19.   Please visit this website for reliable health and safety information.

Cumberland-Colchester Connected Communities Initiative

Cumberland Colchester Connected Communities Vision: 

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester’s shared vision, as articulated in a Cumberland-Colchester Memorandum of Understanding, is that our entire geographic area will be served by a state-of-the-art continuously upgraded communications network that includes capacity for reliable, affordable, highest-speeds internet access, as well as mobile telephone, community Wi-Fi, and internet-of-things uses such as ‘smart agriculture’, 5G and other future applications.

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester consider high-quality, cost-effective internet services to each home in our communities to be an “essential service” – a service no less important than electricity or services like water or sewer. To reach our Connected Communities Vision, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester identified our first step as increasing access to highspeed internet with the goal of reaching 100% of our households with actual highspeed internet.

To reach our first goal, the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have partnered with an industry leader and leveraged other government funding for the Cumberland-Colchester Highspeed Internet Project. More details about this project can be found in the links below. We will continue to add information about this project as it becomes available.

Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 7 February 2020

The Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester have taken a huge step toward their goal of being one of Canada’s most digitally connected rural places. They are teaming up with Xplornet Communications and Develop Nova Scotia on a high-speed internet project that will see $60 million invested in the region.

Xplornet will deploy nearly 700 kilometres of optic fibre to offer up to 100 Mbps fibre-to-home and fixed wireless services on their network, which will reach more than 21 700 currently underserved households and businesses. A further 2300 addresses will have access to improved satellite service that will reach up to 50 Mbps by the completion of the full network. The three-year project is aiming for 100% high-speed availability in Cumberland and Colchester.

Read more: Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester Getting Major Rural Broadband Network

Province Funds Colchester Projects to Reduce Emissions

The Province is helping to reduce emissions in Colchester County by investing in two new clean energy and transportation projects.

Finance and Treasury Board Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, recently announced a total of $170,000 for two projects under the Low Carbon Communities Program.

“Nova Scotia continues to be a national leader in reducing emissions to fight climate change,” said Ms. Casey. “Communities across the province understand the urgency and importance of reducing emissions, and they want to do their part to benefit from Nova Scotia’s cleaner energy future. These investments support innovative local ideas that will help grow the green economy and create jobs in every part of our province.”

The Municipality of Colchester will receive $100,000 to design a pedestrian and active transportation bridge at the Fundy Discovery Site in Lower Truro to link a network of trails north and south of the Salmon River.

The Municipality will also receive $70,000 to develop a community energy emissions plan to help guide Colchester to a low-carbon future.

“These projects are wonderful examples of Colchester County’s commitment to active transportation, sustainability, and carbon reduction. We’re happy to be doing our part to address climate change while promoting healthy living and an enhanced visitor experience at the Fundy Discovery Site,” said Christine Blair, Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester.

For more information contact Devin Trefry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3182.

Council's Ruling Regarding Personnel Matter

At its meeting on January 30, 2020, Council for the Municipality of the County of Colchester received the findings of an investigation carried out by Rebekah Powell, an independent investigator, into a complaint by an employee of the Municipality of the County of Colchester as a result of a comment made by Councillor Robert “Bob” Pash, District 9.

The Municipality took the complaint seriously, moving immediately to retain the investigator and ensuring the matter was addressed in a timely way. In the course of the investigation, and in the absence of a Code of Conduct, reference was made to the Municipality’s Respectful Workplace Policy, the law on harassment and sexual harassment as well as provisions of the Human Rights Act.

Read more: Council's Ruling Regarding Personnel Matter