Antigonish
The Town and County of Antigonish are currently in the process of exploring consolidation.
The Town and County of Antigonish are currently in the process of exploring consolidation.
The Town and County of Antigonish are currently in the process of exploring consolidation.

What We Heard Report

The Town and County of Antigonish have released the What We Heard Report, a summary document from the extensive community engagement sessions that details the key themes and discussions around the exploration of consolidation. The purpose of the report was not to measure who was for or against consolidation, but to capture the overarching themes of the discussions that took place as part of the community engagement.

Just over a year ago Town and County Councils voted unanimously to explore consolidating the two municipal units into one. The main question Councils are considering is, “Would Town and County residents, businesses, and the overall community be better served by one municipal unit?”

To try to answer that question, this past Spring, Town and County Councils hosted a series of more than 20 public engagement sessions throughout the Town and County as well as virtually. A special phone line, email, and online engagement portal were also set up to received feedback. All of the feedback gathered through the various forms of engagement have been reviewed and compiled into the What We Heard Report.

This purpose of the engagement was to listen to residents, to hear their concerns and learn about opportunities in relation to consolidation. The report has been written by Brighter Community Planning and Consulting and presented to both Town and County Councils. The report is now open for public feedback until September 29, 2022 at 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to read the report and provide feedback if there is anything they feel was missed. The purpose of this opportunity for feedback is for the community to review and assess if any of their concerns or questions were not included in the summary. If anyone feels their perspective was not captured or there is a major theme missing, they are welcome to submit their feedback via email to info@antigonish.ca, phone 1-833-563-2786 or drop off a written submission to the Town or County Offices.

Town and County Councils wish to take this opportunity to thank residents for coming out and providing their feedback.

Exploration of Consolidation Timeline

Late August

Presenting to Councils the What We Heard Report

Early September

What We Heard Report open for public feedback, copies will be available online and will be accessible at other locations around the Town and County

Fall

Final WWHR and other documents will be made available to Councils to facilitate a decision on whether or not to move forward with consolidation.

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Fact Sheets

Representation, Council Size and District Boundaries

Property Taxation and Potential Consolidation

The Consolidation Process

Community Identity & Potential Consolidation

Water, Electricity, and Energy Leadership

Guiding Principles for Potential Consolidation

Antigonish Volunteer Fire Departments

Consolidation or Amalgamation? What is the difference?

Exploration of Consolidation Webinar Recording – Wednesday,  April 27

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