Village of Pugwash

The Village of Pugwash is one of 20 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.

The rights, restrictions and services that can be offered by a Village are described in the Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act Chapter 18 pertains specifically to Villages.


2023 Village Taxes - no rate change from 2022
Residential: 35c on every $100 of assessed value
Commercial: 42c on every $100 of assessed value

The assessed value of a property is adjusted annually. 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. 

2023 Municipality of Cumberland Taxes
Residential: $1.14 on every $100 of assessed value
Commercial: $2.71 on every $100 of assessed value

Fore more financial information, please go to this page.




Seasonal Staff - 2023

The Village of Pugwash is an equal opportunities employer, offering seasonal employment that starts in early May.  Funding assistance regulations may affect eligibility with preference given to students or young adults aged 16-30.  Click on the position names for job descriptions for the positions approved for 2022.  Please send resume and covering letter to the contact information given.  A basic application form is available here.

Note: all staff are hired only for the 2023 season.

Administrative Assistant -
A fun office space to hone your office skills and learn so much more!

Recreational Director -
Spend June prepping for July and August summer events.  Not just a job for the physically active. Bring your computer and organizing skills to the Village for a fun summer of activities.

Visitor Information Councilor -
The traveling public want to know all about what is going on in the area.  Bring your local knowledge and welcoming smile to the Village VIC.  May include additional administrative duties.

Groundskeeper -
Grounds keeping isn't just mowing.  Be part of the team that keeps the Village looking so beautiful through all the seasons.

Gardener -
Bring your gardening skills and ideas to Pugwash.  Hours will depend on growing season weather conditions.  This position is made possible with funding assistance from Pugwash Communities in Bloom.



2022 Financial Report


2023 Budget



Joint Accessibility Plan

Village of Pugwash addendum


There are five elected commissioners. Each term is for three years and they overlap. Elections are held each June for one or two positions.  Commissioners are volunteers and to be elected must be a Canadian citizen, a resident of the Village of Pugwash and over 18 years old as of the election date.

Brent Wilson - Chair  (902.664.8695) email:
Commissioner since 2020.  Commission term ends June 2023
Brent lives on Durham Street. He has worked at Sunset Community for many years and is a long serving member of the Pugwash Fire Department.

Sue Duncan - Vice Chair (902.243.2595) email:
Commissioner since 2020 by by-election.  Commission term ends June 2025
Sue lives on Water Street.  She and her husband Terry retired and moved from Ottawa to Pugwash in 2017.

Roger Mundle (902.243.2042) email:
Commissioner re-elected December 2018. Commissioner and chair 2014-16. Commission term ends June 2024
Roger lives on Water Street and is retired after delivering furnace oil to the area for 28 years.

Dave MacEwan -  (902.664.8072) email:
Commissioner since 2020.  Commission term ends June 2023
Dave lives on Willow Street.  He has worked at Sunset Community for many years and as DJ Dave has brought music to the area for over 20 years.

Margaret Anderson (902 694 5133) email:
Commissioner since 2022. Margie lives on Water Street and is a retired teacher



Lisa Betts (office: 902.243.2946)
Clerk Treasurer and Event Coordinator - since 2010
The Clerk Treasurer is the administrator of the Village. The Clerk overlooks the operations and maintenance of the various village properties and coordinates the services the Village offers.

Seasonal events organized include:
Pugwash Gathering of the Clans and Canada Day (July 1st)
Christmas-by-the-Sea (first Friday and Saturday in December)

Greg Fahie
Maintenance/Janitor/Groundskeeper/snow removal - since 2016
Greg is kept very busy keeping village properties clean and in repair. 
He works full time in the summer and as required for snow and ice removal in the winter months.

Michael Moore
Library janitor - since 2020


2022 Seasonal Staff

The Village of Pugwash seasonally employs:

Administrative Assistant - part/full time
Recreation Director - part/full time
Visitor Information Councilor - full time
Gardener - full/part time
Groundskeeper - full time



Village Properties

The Village of Pugwash owns ten properties:

Pugwash Village Hall

Eaton Park which includes:
   Pugwash Harbourfront Centre
   Volleyball court
   Interpretive signage

CN rail yard which includes:
   The old train station (Provincial historic site)
   The Pugwash Library
   Farmers' Market site
   Peace garden
   Car park

Municipal car park and boat ramp

The Cenotaph

The old fire hall - now used for public works

Tennis and basketball courts

Community Garden - Prince Albert Street

Road between the marine terminal and the harbour bridge

Site of the old Pugwash dump (Irishtown Road)


The use of these sites is free to non profit groups. 
Please contact the village Clerk to apply to use or rent any of these sites.



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Minutes are published once adopted in the next regular or annual meeting.



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