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Use this interactive map to find out the history of local government and the municipal data in Nova Scotia.


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Municipal Elections

Municipalities are responsible for conducting municipal elections. Every municipality has a returning officer who administers its election according to the Municipal Elections Act. This person might also be the school board returning officer for part or all of a regional school board.

Your returning officer is your most important source of information about these elections. To speak to your returning officer, contact your municipal office..

Next Elections

The next municipal elections will be held on October 17, 2020. Resources for returning officers and candidates will be available on this website several months in advance. They include a handbook which outlines rules and processes, a candidate’s guide, and a calendar with key dates.

Election Results

Results from the October 2016 municipal elections will be posted as soon as they are available. Contact your municipality to get results for your local council.

Our overview of 2012 municipal election results gives voter turnout, percentage of women elected and more. Complete 2008 and 2012 election results are also available.

New Councillor Guide

We offer training for newly elected mayors, wardens and councillors to help them provide good governance for healthy, vibrant and safe communities throughout Nova Scotia. The New Councillor Orientation Guide addresses roles and responsibilities of council, the legislative framework for municipal government, understanding financial statements, and informed decision making.

Provincial elections are administered by Elections Nova Scotia. Village elections are administered by the individual village commissions.