Public Auction - Disposal of Surplus Equipment

The Municipality of Colchester held a public auction to dispose of surplus equipment on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Bids were reviewed and successful bidders contacted. 

Bidders are reminded to pick up their items on Wednesday, June 29th between 2pm and 6pm at 15 Ventura Drive, Debert. Bank draft or cash will be accepted as payment.



Colchester unites with municipalities from across Canada to drive recovery

Several Council members from the Municipality of Colchester recently attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference in Regina, Saskatchewan. Themed Together for Recovery, the conference allowed thousands of municipal leaders from across the country to gear up for recovery and focus on building stronger, more inclusive, and resilient communities—together. During the conference Colchester’s Deputy Mayor, Geoff Stewart was elected as 2nd Vice President on FCM’s Board of Directors and Mayor, Christine Blair was re-elected as one of four Nova Scotia representatives on the Board and will become the new Atlantic Caucus Chair.

“After two years of working tirelessly on the frontlines to support Canadians during the pandemic, there’s still much work to do to tackle our country’s greatest challenges, like the housing crisis and protecting our communities from climate extremes. We must also resolve the RCMP retroactive pay municipalities are now faced with,” said Stewart. “Municipal leaders were loud and clear in Regina: we’re eager to continue working with our federal partners to take these issues head on, because when our orders of government work together, we move this country forward.”

In his role as 2nd Vice President and FCM Board member, Stewart will help set policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members from coast to coast to coast.

“If we want to get this recovery moving, we need to be in touch with what is happening every day in our communities and make sure that local issues are brought to Ottawa,” said Stewart. “We know that our country’s recovery starts in our communities—where people live, work, and raise families—and as frontline governments, we understand the challenges people face in their daily lives. That makes us key to Canada’s recovery and we’re coming back home from this conference energized and eager to work with our federal and provincial partners to get the job done.”

“Our Council values being involved in the conversation at the national level, and we benefit greatly learning from and networking with our fellow Canadian municipal leaders,” said Blair. “We look forward to contributing to work that we know will not only benefit Colchester County, Nova Scotia, but municipalities all over the Country.”

Over four days, more than 2,200 participants took part in Canada’s fullest gathering of municipal leaders since 2019, where they had the opportunity to connect with their federal counterparts through a series of keynote addresses and meetings featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Dominic LeBlanc, Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Communities Andrew Scheer, and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Attendees also prepared for the coming recovery through a trade show and numerous workshops focused on crucial municipal issues like housing affordability and rural growth—among others.

Delegates also passed resolutions calling for national action on four issues reflecting their local community needs: modernizing the Canada Community Building Fund; addressing period poverty in Canada; implementing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee relating to missing children and unmarked graves; and streamlining support for those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Former Salmon River School Property - Public Meeting

The Municipality of Colchester will be holding public meetings to discuss community survey results and potential development concepts relating to the former Salmon River School property.
Please join us online on Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm-8pm, or in-person on Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm-8pm at the Harmony Heights Elementary School (masks required within school).

Community Meetings:

Virtual/Online: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm-8pm
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In-Person: Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm-8pm
Harmony Heights Elementary School, 25 Cedar Drive, Salmon River (masks required within school)

Unable to attend but would like to know more?
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 Salmon River Elementary School Property Survey Results (edited January 4, 2022)

Salmon River Elementary School Property Survey Summary (edited January 4, 2022)

Truro-Colchester + You. Moving Accessibility Forward Plan

Read the approved Truro-Colchester + You. Moving Accessibility Forward Plan.

or read the summary document. 

The Truro-Colchester Moving Accessibility Forward Plan addresses accessibility improvements for the Truro-Colchester Region which includes Municipality of Colchester, Town of Truro, Town of Stewiacke, Village of Bible Hill, and Village of Tatamagouche. Working with the Regional Accessibility Committee, reachAbility attempted to include the range and experiences of all disabilities and all intersectional barriers. Based on the research reachAbility did and the feedback received, the plan provides recommendations for the Municipality, Towns, and Villages regarding Employment, Transportation, Built Environment, Information and Communication, Goods and Services, and Awareness and Capacity Building.

French River Watershed Designated as Protected Water Area

Provincial Environment Minister Tim Halman has designated the French River Watershed as a Protected Water Area. As a result, the watershed that gives people of Tatamagouche their drinking water is now protected provincially, further safeguarding access to quality water for area residents.

The application process for the Protected Water Area designation was initiated by the Municipality of Colchester in 2018. Extensive public consultation, including a public survey and community meetings, supported the application and informed the regulations implemented to protect the watershed area.

“It was clear from the public consultation process that most area residents were in favour of advancing the application for the Protected Water Area designation,” said Christine Blair, Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester. “Clean water is one of the most fundamental needs of a community. It is essential to human health, a healthy environment, and a sustainable economy. We are pleased to be able to protect this valuable resource for generations both now and into the future.”

The Protected Water Area regulations protect drinking water supplies by giving municipalities the authority to manage watersheds, including restricting or prohibiting activities that may impact water quality or quantity. Now that the watershed is designated as a Protected Water Area the Tatamagouche Water Utility, owned and operated by the Municipality, is responsible for protecting the area and enforcing the regulations.

“The watershed provides water for the village of Tatamagouche. It’s important that we maintain the pristine water that the village is fortunate enough to have. I am pleased the government has taken into consideration the work that was done to protect the watershed and has designated it as a Protected Water Area. Kudos need to go to the staff of the Municipality for the work that went into getting here and to the community for standing up to be heard. I am over the moon,” said Michael Gregory, Councillor, Municipality of Colchester and Chair of the Tatamagouche Source Water Protection Committee.

More information on the Protected Water Area regulations.

Moving Accessibility Forward

The Regional Accessibility Committee and the Truro-Colchester Region want to ensure everyone can access Municipal, Town, and Village services. Share your feedback on accessibility in the Truro-Colchester Region through the "Moving Accessibility Forward" project. Community insights will be used to help shape the creation of an Accessibility Plan for improving access to and awareness of the services, programs, and infrastructure owned or operated by the Municipality, Towns, and Villages.

Visit the project page for more information:

Take the survey:

Join the conversation at upcoming virtual engagement sessions: