Village of Pugwash

The Village of Pugwash is one of 22 incorporated villages in Nova Scotia. 

The Village services provided include parks and recreation, festivals and the provision, care and maintenance of sidewalks.  The Village staff and commissioners work closely with all other levels of government to ensure that all services are maintained and that new services, such as water supply, are provided in a timely and appropriate manner. 

The Village affairs are overseen by a team of five elected commissioners who work to provide the best services possible to village ratepayers.  The village staff provide those services and advise the commission when new or different services are required.

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Village Taxes
Residential: 32c on every $100 of assessed value
Commercial: 39c on every $100 of assessed value

The assessed value of a property is adjusted annually and after a change of ownership where the purchase price is higher than the current assessment. Taxes are used to provide the services listed below (see Village Services).  These are services that are not otherwise provided by the Municipality of Cumberland.  The Village tax rate increased in 2018 (by 2c) for the first time in 13 years.

Municipality of Cumberland Taxes
Residential: $1.17 on every $100 of assessed value
Commercial: $2.76 on every $100 of assessed value

The Municipality tax bill may include other "user fees" such as for sewer or street lighting fees. The tax rate rose in 2018 (by 13c) for the first time in many years.

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2018 Financial Report

2019 Budget

 

Canada Day

The village of Pugwash has celebrated Canada Day (previously Dominion Day) on July 1st for nearly 150 years.  Celebrations have included parades, family picnics and boat races over the years.  In 1951, the Gathering of the Clans was included as part of those celebrations.

The Grand Parade starts at 10am with a police car and fire trucks leading the way down Church Street to Victoria Street.  They turn right down Victoria Street and right again onto Water Street.  They continue almost to the end of Water Street and turn right again onto King Street and back to where they started.  It takes about an hour for the Parade to go the 2km route through the village. 

It is a condition of the pipe and drum competition that competing bands must participate in the parade, adding to the spectacle!  Commercial and non-commercial groups put together fabulous floats, decorate vehicles or march in the parade.  The Shriners come with their clowns and tiny vehicles.  The antique tractors and vintage cars sparkle as they parade past the flag-waving crowd.  The animals are at the end of the parade with horse drawn carriages, riding horses and ponies and miniature horses.  Sometimes other kinds of critters come along.  There are prizes for the parade entries, including one for "most humorous".

The fireworks at dusk are another important part of Canada Day.  Huge crowds assemble in the park, on the approach roads and bridges and on the water to watch the best fireworks in the County on July 1st!

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Firework Sponsors

 

          

Funded by the    Finance par le
  Government    gouvernement         
     of Canada         du Canada

 

Municipality of Cumberland County