Advocacy Letters

Canada Community Building Fund

Canada Community Building Fund

Council recognizes the CCBF’s profound impact, and we propose an expansion of the fund’s qualifying expenditures to better address specific, pressing needs in our community: housing, municipal building improvements and the enhancement of port, wharf and waterfront facilities. These areas are crucial for the continued welfare and economic stability of our community.

Fisheries

Fisheries

Municipal Council joined with the Mayors and Wardens of the other 10 Municipal units in southwest Nova Scotiato request a meeting with the Federal Minister of Fisheries to discuss ongoing challenges around Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishers and the economic concerns of our municipalities and residents.

Service Exchange Agreement

Service Exchange Agreement

Although Council does appreciate the work that has been carried out in fro the Provincial Service Exchange Agreement, including the municipal financial capacity grant, corrections, and housing; we have concerns about road maintenance that need to be addressed.

Off-Shore Wind

Off-Shore Wind

Municipal Council applaud the Provincial Government in their quest to meet its goal of achieving 80 per cent renewable energy for its electricity needs by 2030. However, it is imperative that we exercise the utmost caution, safeguarding our fisheries—the economic backbone of Southwest Nova Scotia.

Speed Limit on Highway 103 – Exit 26

Speed Limit on Highway 103 – Exit 26

Municipal Council has deep concern for the amount serious accidents that have transpired at exit 26 on Highway 103. We strongly urge the Department of Public Works to consider decreasing the speed limit on both sides of this exit to enhance safety for all road users.

Cell Coverage

Cell Coverage

Council, along with our neighbouring municipal units, have agreed on the critical concern regarding the lack of reliable cell phone coverage in rural parts of Nova Scotia. Recent events, such as wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, have emphasized the imperative need for robust communication networks in these areas.

Emergency Health Services – Staffing

Emergency Health Services – Staffing

At the July 12, 2023, Council Meeting, Municipal Council held discussion of the current state of emergency health services and paramedic staffing levels within Shelburne County. During this discussion, it was determined that this community continues to struggle with excessive ambulance waiting times, putting our residents at unnecessary risk of avoidable health complications.

GST Rebate on Housing

GST Rebate on Housing

On September 14, 2023, the Prime Minister announced that the government will introduce legislation to enhance the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rental Rebate on new purpose-built rental housing, to incentivize construction of much-needed rental homes for Canadians. Below is correspondence relating to concerns on eligibility for smaller rural housing developments: