Municipality of the District of Guysborough

Residents' News

Canso Tax Rate Presentation 

At the May 13th Open Public Council Meeting, CAO Barry Carroll provided a presentation to Council, Staff and members of the public outlining tax rates in Canso. A full copy of the presentation as well as the newsletter that was prepared and distributed to all residents of the former Town of Canso can be seen here:
Canso Tax Presentation .pdf
Canso Tax Rates Bulletin.pdf

Government Partners with 211 to Enhance Services for Seniors

Department of Seniors


January 12, 2015 10:34 AM

Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, seniors will only need to dial three digits to get information they need as the provincewide 211 service will handle inquiries about senior abuse and provincial programs.

211 Nova Scotia is a confidential information and referral service for community, non-profit and government services. It has information about thousands of services, is available 24 hours a day and has interpretation services for more than 100 languages.

"This announcement is very good news," said Bill VanGorder, chair of the Group of IX Seniors' Advisory Council of Nova Scotia. "Now seniors will have easy access to information to help them navigate the supports and services they need."

The non-profit 211 service was launched in February 2013, with financial support from the Government of Nova Scotia and the United Way. More than 120,000 Nova Scotians have called or used 211's online database to find services.

In its 2013 annual report, 211 reported about one-third of inquiries are about services for seniors. Requests ranged from preventing or responding to senior abuse, to information on programs and services that help people stay in their homes. Department of Seniors staff respond to 2,200 to 3,000 calls per year.

The two Department of Seniors information and referral lines that have been providing these services will be automatically re-directed to 211 until the transition is complete.

Staff at 211 recently had specialized training from the department to ensure it understands the types of challenges seniors face, especially with senior abuse. The department will continue to act as a resource to 211, to meet the needs of seniors.

"We know that sometimes reaching out for help, especially when you've always enjoyed a relatively independent lifestyle, is not easy," said Mike Myette, executive director of 211 Nova Scotia. "Our ultimate goal is to make the experience of getting help as positive and as stress-free as possible."

Calls to 211 are toll-free from any phone in Nova Scotia, and 211 also offers an easy-to-navigate online database at .







December 3, 2014 (Guysborough, NS) – Residents in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough are solidly behind the development of the Black Point Quarry according to a poll commissioned by the Municipality last month. According to the poll, support for the Black Point Quarry is very high with 89% of those questioned in support of the project.
“The people in the municipality have told us they are eager to see the Black Point Quarry developed and for the local towns and communities to begin seeing the benefits,” said Vernon Pitts, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough.  
According to the poll of 350 residents, 79% said they expected the Black Point Quarry project to have a positive impact on the community.  Most of those respondents said jobs and improvement in the overall economy were going to be the main positive impacts.
“Together with our partners Vulcan Materials and Morien Resources, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, including both the elected council and staff, have worked very hard to see this project move forward,” added Warden Pitts.  “When private industry, the public and their government are all in agreement, great things can and in this case, will happen.”
The research was conducted by MQO Research of Halifax through telephone surveys of randomly selected Guysborough residents.  
A total of 350 interviews were completed between October 24 and October 31, 2014.  
For More Information:
Vernon Pitts, Warden
Tel:  902-533-3705
Cell: 902-870-6975 (c)
Barry Carroll, CAO
Tel: 902-533-3705 


To View the full results of the poll click the following link:

December 3, 2014 Press Release 


Notice of Court Order
Fogarty Expropriation

Take Notice that a court proceeding is being held in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia Hfx No.431696 to determine title to two pieces of land in Guysborough County bearing PIDs 35044056 and 35214014, belonging to the heirs at law of Joseph Fogarty. 

Any person wishing to obtain further information about this proceeding may view the materials filed in this proceeding on the Municipality’s website at 

Any person with an interest in these lands should contact Tipper McEwan of Stewart McKelvey at PO Box 997, 1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 900, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2X2 (, 902.444.1743 or appear at the Law Courts, 1815 Upper Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1S7 on January 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.



Canso Report Card

April 25, 2014

An update on the Canso Integration process is provided here.  In issuing this flyer, the Municipality is providing a fact based list with no narrative of the taxation changes and work done to date in Canso, along with the work planned for this year. 

Canso Report Card


March 21, 2014 


Re: Goldboro LNG.



Nova Scotia Minister of Environment, Hon. Randy Delorey granted formal regulatory approval for the proposed $8.3 billion Goldboro LNG development to be located in Goldboro, Nova Scotia. In 2012, Pieridae Energy Canada announced its intention to develop a liquefied natural gas export facility at Goldboro. The development will be located within the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) Goldboro Industrial Park. 

The facility will provide an east coast export terminal to supply both the European and Indian markets. The MODG has been working with multiple developers interested in capitalizing on Goldboro’s strategic location, deep harbour and existing natural gas infrastructure.

“Today’s announcement represents a very significant milestone in the evolution of the Goldboro LNG development. Mr. Alfred Sorensen and his team can now move forward with confidence to take the next steps in the advancement of the project. On behalf of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, we would like to recognize the cooperation we received from both the Federal and Provincial Government in completing a thorough review of this major development” said Warden Vernon Pitts.

“The Municipality will continue to work closely with Pieridae as they progress toward a final investment decision in 2015. With today’s announcement we will see increased activity going forward at Goldboro. As mentioned in the recent Ivany report, 59% of all employees in Nova Scotia work in companies that employ more than 100 people. This project has the potential to be a “game-changer” and its impact will be felt by all residents of Nova Scotia” said Pitts.


For more information contact:
Warden Vernon Pitts
Home: 902.533.3597
Mobile: 902.870.6975


CAO Barry Carroll

Office: 902.533.3705 Ext 228



February 19, 2014

Premier McNeil State of the Union Address


Watch the following clip of the Premier's address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce yesterday in Halifax. His visit to Guyborough on February 6 to make the funding announcement for our hospital expansion made a lasting impression on him as he identifies MODG and what we have accomplished as one of the champions in rural Nova Scotia in his speech.