News & Press Releases

October 13, 2021, Council Meeting POSTPONED

The Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, 2021, beginning at 6 p.m. will be postponed to the following Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in respect of the recent passing of Councillor Terry McIntyre. Councillor McIntyre served on council for nearly 30 years, and it is with saddened hearts and fond memories that we say good-bye this week to our dear colleague and friend.

Council and Staff

Provincial Home Energy Assistance Programs

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services and the Salvation Army are working together to provide rebates to low income Nova Scotians struggling with their heating or electrical costs due to financial loss resulting from Covid-19. Low income Nova Scotians who are eligible for these programs could receive up to $1,000 to help them with their heating/power costs in 2021-22. Below are the rebate program offerings for 2021-22:

Home Energy Assistance Top-Up (HEAT): $400 rebate for emergency home heating or power bills.

Nova Scotia Covid Relief Fund (NSCR): $400 rebate to help households impacted by the Covid 19 with their home heating or power bills.

Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP): $200 rebate for home heating costs.

Municipality Awards Construction of New Municipal Services Building

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA – At a Special Council Meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021,
Council awarded Tender MDS2021-004, Shelburne Municipal Building to Rikjak Construction to build a new Municipal Services Building in the Municipality of the District of Shelburne

The main section of the current building located at 136 Hammond Street is over 100 years old and currently, does not meet National Building Code requirements nor accessibility standards. Under sized spaces, very poor air quality, life safety systems deficiencies and security issues are some of the other primary deficiencies with the existing building. Catalyst Consulting Engineers determined that it would be much more expensive to renovate the existing building to meet accessibility, space and code requirements than it would be to invest in a new building.

“Council was nervous when we released the municipal building tender in this very volatile market due to COVID-19 and was pleased to see three competitive bids and within budget. A new municipal building has been discussed at the Council table since the 1990’s and in 2016 Council, made this project a priority. Much work and negotiations have taken place during the last five years. The new municipal building will see two Federal Departments rent space, providing services to residents and businesses, along with municipal services. The Provincial services provided from our current building will not be moving to the new building, however, the Municipality is in negotiations to secure a lease with the Department of Justice and Registry of Motor Vehicles, to have them remain at the current building, to ensure those services remain in the County”, stated Warden Penny Smith.

The total budgeted costs for the building is $7.3 million. Council will use a combination of reserves, gas tax, grant funding and borrowing to pay for the building. In 2017, Council purchased 35 acres of land across from the Shelburne Regional High School to secure property for this major project and other future strategic developments. The new municipal building was designed to be more energy efficient, with an energy use that is 30% less than National Building Code requirements and will include solar panels to help reach a higher level of efficiency.

The public are invited to a public information session being held by the Municipality at the Shelburne Regional High School on Monday, September 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to review the design, anticipated timelines and costs of the building.


Media contact: Trudy Payne, CAO

Public Meeting Sept. 21st - Jordan River Trail Off Highway Vehicle Use

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is exploring the possibility of expanding the use of the Jordan River Trail (red section on map) to include off highway vehicles. The current use of the trail is for walking and cycling. Adjacent landowners and users of the trail are encouraged to attend the scheduled public meeting to provide their comments, interests or concerns.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 7:00pm in the commons area of the Shelburne Regional High School located at 415 Woodlawn Drive, Shelburne.

If you are not able to attend the meeting you can provide your comments, interests, concerns or questions to:
Adam Dedrick
Director of Recreation & Parks
902-875-3544 ext. 225

Tender Issued for Proposed New Building

Tender Issued for Proposed New Municipal/Civic Administration Building

August 27, 2021 / For Immediate Release
Shelburne, Nova Scotia – The Municipality of the District of Shelburne issued a tender on August 6, 2021, for the construction of a New Municipal/Civic Administration Building. The deadline for tender submissions is September 3, 2021. Council will decide whether to move forward with this project once tender submissions have been reviewed and analyzed.

Since 2016 the Municipality has had the design and construction of a new municipal/civic administration building as one of its top priorities. In 2017, Council purchased 35 acres of land across from the Shelburne Regional High School to secure property for this major project. The current design of the building includes rental space for two Federal departments.

The main part of the current building located at 136 Hammond Street is over 100 years old and currently, does not meet National Building Code requirements nor accessibility standards. Space, air quality and security issues are some of the other primary deficiencies with the existing building. Pending tender results that are satisfactory to Council, it is the intention of Council to hold public information sessions to share the design, anticipated timelines and costs of the building.




Media contact:
Trudy Payne
(902) 875-3544 ext. 223


Wastewater Lagoon Solids Removal - Request for Proposal

The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is seeking to identify interested and qualified Bidders for the desludging and dewatering of the wastewater lagoon at the Sandy Point Sewage
Treatment Plant (STP), located at 507 Sandy Point Road, Shelburne NS. This project includes the transportation and disposal of the dewatered sludge at a provincially approved environmental disposal facility.

This  Request for Proposal document includes the requirements for work to be completed by the successful bidder.

August 26, 2021 -  pdf Addendum (109 KB)

Community Art - RFP

In partnership with The Municipality of the District of Shelburne, through their Community Arts Fund, the Shelburne County Arts Council is seeking proposals from a qualified Nova Scotian artist or group of artists working collaboratively, to design, create, and install public art within the Municipality of Shelburne.

The Municipality of Shelburne is an inclusive, accessible, and diverse municipality, and the artist(s) proposal should incorporate an innovative point of view to the existing beautiful outdoor space in which the finished artwork will be installed. The specific location should be indicated by the artist within their proposal.

The selected project will add artistic enhancement to an outdoor publicly accessible space within the Municipality of Shelburne and will also engage our community in it’s creation. Examples of engagement could range from public consultation regarding parts of the project prior to or during creation, to involvement of the community within the physical creation of the project.

We encourage artists to be innovative in their proposals in regards to how they will include a level of community engagement within their project. The Shelburne County Arts Council will work to support artists in the community
engagement components of their project.

Request for Proposal

Community Art Fund Policy


At their July 14, 2021 meeting, the Council of the Municipality of the District of Shelburne made a motion to discontinue scavenging at the Regional Materials Recovery Facility, located in West Green Harbour, effective immediately.

After much consideration, this decision was made based on substantial research around a number of factors including increased demands, staff capacity, liability concerns, risk management, by-law enforcement implications and lost revenue; however, the most considerable reason was public and staff safety.

“While we understand and appreciate the benefits to the public to be able to scavenge or reuse items from the facility, the safety of the customers and our staff continue to be our priority,” says Warden Penny Smith. “Public scavenging at municipal transfer stations is not a common practice in Nova Scotia. This facility is one of the last to offer this service to its residents. It is never easy to discontinue a service and this decision was not made lightly. Advice from the Municipality’s solicitor, insurer and looking at standard practices across the province, weighed heavily on Council’s decision.”

The original intent of scavenging was to repurpose items as opposed to them being landfilled. Our current practices see most of the construction and demolition materials being repurposed through our contracts with other waste facilities. For example, asphalt shingles are used for paving products, drywall is used for farm bedding, wood is chipped and used in drainage areas, metal is used as a revenue source to offset facility costs, just to name a few.

Discontinuing scavenging was discussed with the Shared Services Team representing the Town of Lockeport, Town of Shelburne and Municipality of Shelburne, as well as the Municipality of Shelburne’s Audit and Internal Control Committee, before being recommended to Municipal Council.


Trudy Payne
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of Shelburne
902-875-3544 ext. 223