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Learn More About Municipal Indicators

Indicators are statistics that can help measure a municipality's performance.

You can use these indicators to:

  • better understand the administrative and operational performance of a municipality
  • better understand key characteristics about the municipality
  • inform the decision-making process
  • help community members better understand the municipality in which they live

For example

Community members can use the residential tax burden indicator to compare their property taxes with property taxes in other municipalities.

Municipal councillors can use the change in population indicator to understand if their community's population is growing or declining.

Municipal staff can use the water main breaks per kilometre indicator to help assess the condition of water pipes in the municipality.

Where does the data come from?

The data is collected from a number of sources, including:

Municipal Financial Reports

Every year municipalities make their financial statements available to the public. They must also submit financial reports to the province, including the Statement of Estimates, which contains tax rate and budget information, and the Financial Information Return, which contains year end reporting on finances. Data from these reports can be used to prepare indicators that show, for example, a municipality’s total tax revenue and their total operating expenditures.

Property Assessments

The Property Valuation Services Corporation prepares information on all types of property assessment in municipalities. This information is used to prepare indicators that explain, for example, growth in the tax base.

Federal Census Data

Demographic information is acquired from Statistics Canada Census and the National Household Survey. This information can be used to prepare indicators that explain, for example, change in total population and median household incomes.

Provincial Community Counts Data

Demographic information is also accessed from Nova Scotia Community Counts. This provincial resource provides a common platform for social, economic, environmental and cultural data from many sources that illustrate the unique nature of each community in Nova Scotia. Data from Community Counts can be used to prepare indicators that show, for example, levels of employment and education in the municipality.