News & Press Releases

Next Steps to Reopening the Province

This afternoon, Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer of health for Nova Scotia, announced the next steps toward reopening the province.

Effective June 5th, the following businesses can open if they are ready and choose to do so and follow public health protocols to ensure physical distancing, increased cleaning and other protective measures for staff and customers:

✅ restaurants for dine-in, as well as takeout and delivery.
✅ bars, wineries, distilleries and taprooms.
✅ personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments.
✅ fitness facilities, such as gyms, yoga studios and climbing facilities.
✅ veterinarians.
❎ lounges are not permitted to reopen at this time.

Other health providers can also reopen on June 5, provided they follow protocols in their colleges’ and associations’ plans, as approved by public health. These include:

✅ dentistry and other self-regulated health professions such as optometry, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
✅ unregulated health professions such as massage therapy, podiatry and naturopathy.

For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200527003.

Request for Proposals - Welkum Park Accessibility Upgrades *RFP Amended - Extended Submission Deadline, others

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is seeking proposals from qualified contractors for capital upgrades to increase accessibility at Welkum Park, located at 8946 Upper Clyde Road, Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

NOTE: There are several amendments to the RFP that include the following:
1. Proposal submission deadline extended to June 9, 2020
2. Notification of successful proponent extended to June 16, 2020
3. Work completion date extended to October 31, 2020

pdf RFP Welkum Park Upgrades Amended (920 KB)

Alternative Payment Methods - Taxes,Tipping Fees & Building Permit Fees

DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 THE MUNICIPAL OFFICES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. We would like to remind residents that we offer a number of alternative payment methods that allows you to pay your taxes and tipping fees at your convenience.

1️⃣ Online Banking - ✅have your Assessment Account Number or Customer ID ✅Payee Information Below

2️⃣ Bank Payment in Person ✅check with your local branch hours

3️⃣ Online Credit Card Payment at https://ipn.paymentus.com/rotp/dsmt or 1- 866-658-7582. ⚠️Service fee charged by Paymentus is 1.75%.

4️⃣ Cheque or Money Order (payable to the Municipality of Shelburne), mail to PO Box 280, Shelburne, NS, B0T 1W0 or dropped off in the drop box, located on the side door of the Administrative Building.⚠️Do not deposit cash in the mail or the drop box.

Any questions please contact the Finance Department, 902-875-3544 ext 222 or email .

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Regional Materials Recovery Facility - Summer Student Position

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is looking for a motivated and energetic university or high school student to fill a summer employment vacancy at the Regional Materials Recovery Facility (RMRF), located at 4571 Highway 3, West Green Harbour, Shelburne County.

Duties include:

  • weighing in/out vehicles
  • assisting customers with sorting
  • general site maintenance

This is a public service position; therefore, displaying a professional and positive attitude at all times is required. The successful applicant must be a student and environmental interest is considered an asset.

The pay rate is $13.00 per hour for 32.5 hours per week for 15 weeks.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER to Erin Hartley, Director of Corporate Services , by email at

DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2020 @ 12 noon

MUSIC & DANCE CHALLENGE - May 18-24, 2020

Music brings us together and makes the world a better place! This week's Shelburne Municipal Recreation & Parks challenge is all about music and dance! Sing a song, play something on your ukulele, piano or guitar, or dance like nobody's watching. Or...be creative and make a DIY instrument (drums, a water xylophone, a tambourine or maracas etc.) POST A PHOTO OR VIDEO of you enjoying music or dance in any of these ways and email it to or post it in the comments section on our Facebook Page called Shelburne Municipal Recreation & Parks.

All ages are encouraged to have fun with this challenge and post your pic or video. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

The names of everyone who participates in this MAY 18-24 CHALLENGE will be entered in a chance to win a $25 TLC Pharmasave gift card!

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Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

This afternoon, the Nova Scotia Government eased more of its COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend. Everyone must continue to practice social distancing and respect public health restrictions.

✅ Nova Scotians can choose to create an immediate family bubble. This means two immediate family households can come together without physical distancing.

✅ Public beaches in Nova Scotia will be allowed to open for public access effective May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m. 🚫 Welkum Park will unfortunately remain closed due to playground restrictions.

✅ The following activities at outdoor facilities will be allowed to resume effective, May 16, 2020, at 8 a.m: Archery, Equestrian, Golf, Paddling, Sailing/boating, Tennis. This includes River Hills Golf & Country Club 😍

🚫 Please note that the province wide ban on open fires has been extended until June 1 at 11:59 p.m. However, the use of backyard appliances like chimineas and fire pits will be temporarily permitted for households. The fire ban does not apply to private campgrounds.

For more information, visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

National Nursing Week - May 11 - 17, 2020

This week is National Nursing week, May 11 – 17, 2020. To show the Municipality of the District of Shelburne’s appreciation and gratitude to all our nurses, Warden Penny Smith made a visit to Roseway Hospital on May 13 and presented flowers and some refreshments to the nurses and staff at the hospital. Over 50 nurses at the hospital provide incredible care, love, compassion and dedication to the residents in Shelburne County and beyond!!

2020 was designated as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization. It is proving to be a challenging year due to COVID-19 and we have needed our nurses and other health care professionals more now than ever to help keep our communities safe. Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts! We know the world is a better place because of nurses everywhere!

“I am certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.” Florence Nightingale, May 12, 1820-August 13, 1910, Founder of modern nursing.

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Shown in the picture from left to right are Warden Penny Smith, Holly MacNutt, Megan Ross, Tammy Enslow, Jodi Ybarra (Roseway Hospital Site Lead)

Racial Graffiti in the District of Shelburne

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020 the Municipality of Shelburne was made aware that racist and hurtful words were written on a piece of concrete on a vacant property in the Municipality. These hateful words were directed at the black community. “This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated. The Municipality is proud of our black heritage, a heritage which has helped shape our communities today. The act of one or a few people does not define our communities or who we are. Everyone must stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant activities,” stated Warden Penny Smith.

The Municipality has reported this incident to the RCMP for investigation. Sgt. Detachment Commander, Mike O’Callaghan made this comment concerning the incident. " We were discouraged to find that such hateful words and actions were uttered in Shelburne. The RCMP were not the only ones who see this as unacceptable. A concerned citizen felt so strongly about the graffiti they took it upon themselves to immediately remove it. The RCMP and the community will continue to stand up against similar hurtful and deplorable acts."

Media Contact
Trudy Payne, CAO