Covid-19 Information



Tuesday, June 16, 2020
4:30 PM 

Municipality of Colchester Offices Re-Open to the Public June 17

Offices of the Municipality of Colchester at the Courthouse Building (1 Church Street, Truro) will re-open to the public on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 with restricted hours from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday. 

Before planning your visit please take note of the following:

  • Public are encouraged to continue to use telephone or online options to contact the Municipality or for bill payment wherever possible. Phone: 902-897-3160, Fax (General Inquiries): 902-843-4066, Toll Free (in Nova Scotia): 1-866-728-5144 (902-89 or visit
  • Drop-ins will be accepted at the tax office only. All other visitors will be by appointment only.
  • A Sheriff or Commissionaire attendant will be stationed at each entrance of the building to help direct visitors upon arrival.
  • The number of visitors allowed in the building at one time will be limited to ensure physical distancing requirements and gathering limits are safely met. Guests may be asked to wait outside or in their vehicles until it is their turn to safely enter.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building.
  • Washroom facilities will be closed to the public.
  • Council Chambers will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Note: The above details are subject to change in accordance to Provincial health and safety directives. 


Wednesday, June 10, 2020
2:00 PM 

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box Program

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program is a short-term initiative to provide home delivery of food to Nova Scotians who need food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs. If you know someone in this situation, please encourage them to call 211 on weekdays from 8am-8pm. Their phone navigators will help identify whether this program is a good fit.

Please note:

  • At this point individuals must call 211 for intake, weekdays from 8am-8pm.
  • Each food box contains non-perishable items to help provide food support for up to seven days. A household with one person will receive two food boxes. A household with two or more people will receive four food boxes. No household will receive more than four food boxes in a single delivery. We have a limited capacity of food boxes. If someone needs food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs, we encourage them to make use of this program while it’s available.
  • Food boxes will be delivered throughout the province by community partners, volunteers and courier, depending on the location. In all regions, the matching and delivery process is managed by Feed Nova Scotia. Delivery times will vary between 1-5 days.

Remember, food banks are still there.

Most food banks and meal programs are still open with processes in place to safely serve their communities. If you know someone in need of food who does have the ability to access a food bank or meal program, please encourage them to consider this option. To find a food bank nearby, people should call 211 or visit Feed Nova Scotia’s website and click on the Find Food button:


Friday, May 1, 2020
4:30 PM 

Municipal Parks to Re-Open May 4

Consistent with the Provincial announcement easing some restrictions during the State of Emergency, the Municipality of Colchester is in the process of re-opening its parks.  The anticipated opening date is Monday, May 4th.

It is important to note that all playgrounds will remain closed until further notice.

The Cobequid Trail remains open. 

When participating in any outdoor activity, take precautions to protect yourself and the people around you.

  • You must practice social distancing during all activities. That means staying 2 metres (6 feet) away from people you don’t live with.
  • Plan your activities only with the people you live with. Gatherings are limited to 5 people or fewer.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Limit non-essential travel. You should use the parks and trails in your local area, if possible.
  • Keep your hands clean. If you have hand sanitizer, bring it with you.
  • Follow cough and sneeze etiquette. Consider wearing a non-medical mask.


Friday, April 17, 2020
1:00 PM 

2020 Spring Clean-up Replaced by Year-Round Alternative

There will be no 2020 Spring Clean-Up Program for residents of Colchester County due to COVID-19.

To assist each household with bulky waste disposal you will be able to place two large items curbside on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day for pick up.  This bulky waste collection is only for properties that are currently eligible for residential curbside collection. 

Two bulky item collection begins for Municipality of Colchester residents on May 4, 2020 and will continue until March 31, 2021.   The program will be reassessed throughout the year to evaluate if it will continue or if Spring Clean Ups will be reinstated for the Spring of 2021. Only residential properties that are three units or less, apartment building (four to six units) and nonprofit organizations that have applied for residential curbside collection are eligible. Please refer to your collection schedule to ensure that materials are placed out on the appropriate collection day. 

Items are to be placed within 10 feet of the road by 7:00am on your collection day.

The maximum weight of individual items cannot exceed 50lbs or one cubic meter in size, except for furniture and appliances.

Call the Helpline at 902-895-4777 for further information or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What's In

·        Appliances (max. one of each type)

·        Bedsprings & mattresses

·        Broken glass (safely packaged)

·        Furniture

·        Hot water tanks/Oil tanks – emptied

·        Lawn furniture

·        Toys (bikes)

·        Max. weight of bundled items-50lbs

·        Carpet 3ft. lengths (50 lbs max)

·        Bundle of wood – (50 lbs max)

What's Out

·        Automotive parts/batteries

·        Hazardous, explosive or toxic waste

·        Commercial or business waste

·        Liquid wastes

·        Construction debris of large volumes

·        Tires

·        Propane tanks

·        Small Loose Materials

·        Electronics (TV, Microwave, Computer, Printer, Stereo, VCR, DVD Player, etc)

NOTE: Electronic Drop off depots are closed at this time due to Covid 19.  Please continue to hold on to your electronic recyclables.  To find a depot when re-opened visit: (Subway Bottle Exchange, Bible Hill; TNT Recycling, Shubenacadie, and Tatamagouche Recycling, Tatamagouche).


Tuesday, April 7, 2020
3:00 PM


Blue bag residential curbside collection will resume on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Please have blue bags curbside by 7:00 am on your collection day.

Recyclables sorting at our Materials Recovery Facility remains suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Material will be stored on site. The site remains closed to the general public.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in sorting your materials properly.

Reminder, due to the holiday weekend, there will be no collection on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13, 2020.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at, call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline), or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
10:00 AM


Until further notice:

  • All municipal parks and their parking lots are closed.
  • All trails within municipal parks are closed.
  • All playgrounds are closed.
  • Parking lots used for accessing municipal trails are closed. Driving to and parking at trailheads to access trails is not permitted.

Sections of the Cobequid Trail operated by the Municipal of Colchester remain open for exercise if you can access them by walking, cycling, or wheelchair from your home. These include the following:

  • Rail trail section from Shore Road in Old Barns easterly to the Town of Truro boundary (near Emera driveway, near north end of Wade Road)
  • Farnham Brook section in Valley and Bible Hill
  • Dalhousie Agricultural Campus section

Gathering limits and physical distancing must be followed.

The Municipality of Colchester thanks residents for their patience and cooperation.

For more information or further notices related to COVID-19 visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter



Monday, March 30, 2020
:00 PM

This is a reminder that all departments of the Municipality of Colchester remain in operation despite offices and facilities being closed to public visitation due to concerns related to COVID-19.  The Municipality will continue to provide all services such as community planning, building inspection, public works, garbage collection, etc., to the maximum extent possible.

You may continue to contact the Municipality by phone or email during regular business hours:  Monday to Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by calling the general line at 902-897-3160 or toll free (in Nova Scotia) 1-866-728-5144.

Bill Payments can be made online, or by depositing a cheque in the secure drop box at the rear entrance. If you have an inquiry relating to the Tax Office, please call (902) 897-3150.

Community Development:
To discuss and submit applications for development permits, subdivisions, rezonings and development agreements, as well as requests for zoning letters, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170 for instructions on how to proceed. 

Building Inspections:
To discuss and submit building applications, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.

To schedule a building inspection for a project under construction, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-897-3170.

For emergency services such as a problem with Municipal Water or Municipal Sewer please call Public Works at (902) 897-3175.

The Low Income Municipal Tax Assistance Program Application deadline has been extended until May 29, 2020. Inquiries can be made to (902) 897-3150.

For inquiries relating to garbage, compost or recycling contact our Helpline: 902-895-4777.

In case of night and/or weekend emergencies, call 902-897-3175.

For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
11:00 AM

There will be no collection of blue bag recyclables for the period of March 25th until Wednesday 8 April 2020.  Notification about resumption of service or additional suspension will be made by Public Notice within this two-week period.

Recyclables sorting at our Municipal facility has been suspended to comply with safe distancing requirements under the Nova Scotia State of Emergency declaration.

Compost, clear and black bag collection continues as scheduled.

For the latest information about Colchester’s Solid Waste services please visit our website at or call 902-895-4777 (Colchester Waste Helpline).  


Sunday, March 22, 2020
5:00 PM

To comply with the Provincial State of Emergency declared at 11:30 AM today, Sunday the 22nd of March 2020, all Colchester parks and their parking lots are closed until further notice. 

Municipal trails can only be utilized while complying with legally enforceable social distance measures.  Parking lots used for accessing trails are closed and are not to be used. 

Anyone entering Provincial or Municipal Parks or their parking lots during the State of Emergency is subject to a summary conviction and fines between $500 and $10,000 per incident.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
11:00 AM


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 our website at or call 902-897-3160

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


Friday March 20, 2020
4:00 PM

 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: or contact the Colchester Waste Helpline at 902-895-4777.


pdf Public Notice COVID 19 16 June 20 (366 KB)  (Municipal Offices Re-open the Public)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 1 May 2020 (363 KB)  (Municipal Parks Re-open May 4th)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 17 April 2020 (288 KB)  (2020 Spring Clean-up Replace With Year Round-Alternative)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 7 April 2020 (246 KB)  (Update on Blue Bag Recycling Collection) 

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 1 April 2020 (364 KB)  (Update on Municipal Park Closures and Trails)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 30 March 2020 (369 KB)  (All Municipal Departments Remain In Operation)

document Public Notice COVID 19 24 March 2020 (1015 KB)  (Blue Bag Recycling Collection Cancelled for Next Two Weeks)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 22 March 2020 (338 KB)  (All Municipal Parks Are Closed During the Provincial State of Emergency)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 20 March 2020 (348 KB)  (Safely Store Sharps at Home During the COVID19 Situation)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 19 March 2020 (342 KB)  (Municipal Building Closures & Service Changes - Updated)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 17 March 2020 (341 KB)  (Municipal Building Closures & Service Changes)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 16 March 2020 (337 KB)

pdf Public Notice COVID 19 13 March 2020 (340 KB)

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