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.


Boundaries of the Village of Pugwash

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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 - 2024

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.

All job descriptions have been updated and some are completely new.

Please send a resume and covering letter to the contact information given.

Click on the name of the job that interests you for a job description and more information.

Applications are due Thursday, March 28th 2024.

Assistant to the Administrator and Events Coordinator
A fun office space to hone your office skills and learn so much more! Help prepare for the County's biggest Canada Day celebration, assist with recreation programming and office administration.  Must have very strong computer skills, organizational abilities, be a problem solver and work with the public. To start April 2024.

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. Conversational level French an asset.  To start May 2024

Parks Maintenance - new position!
We are looking for a gardener and groundskeeper all rolled into one.  Be prepared to be busy in the growing season and willing to help out other team members when required.  Bring a strong back, nimble knees and new ideas to be part of the team that keeps the Village looking so beautiful through all the seasons. Starts in May part time and will quickly become full time as the flowers (and weeds) start growing!

Public Works Assistant - new position!
Expect a wide variety of jobs coming your way as you assist the Public Works supervisor and the Parks Maintenance staff. Hours will depend on growing season weather conditions and festival preparation. 



2023 Financial Report


2024 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 2026.
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 2026.
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. Commission term ends June 2025.
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.
Current job description

Greg Fahie
Maintenance/Janitor/Groundskeeper/snow removal - since 2016
Greg is kept very busy keeping village properties clean and in repair. 


2024 Seasonal Staff

The Village of Pugwash seasonally employs four to five staff.  The job descriptions have changed for this year.

Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator - part/full time
Visitor Information Councilor - part/full time
Parks Maintenance - full/part time
Maintenance Assistant - part/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 North Cumberland Historical Society
   Farmers' Market
   Peace garden
   Car park

Public Works building (the old fire hall)

Municipal car park and boat ramp

The Cenotaph

Tennis and basketball courts

Community Garden - 32 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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