Town of Antigonish

Thinking of opening a business, investing or re-locating? The Antigonish area is home to a highly educated workforce amidst a growing population. Economic stability is provided by the educational and health services. With a central location and time zone benefits, close proximity to the largest city in Atlantic Canada, and competitive business costs, the Antigonish area possesses strategic advantages for entrepreneurs and corporations alike. 

Town of Antigonish Business Improvement District Process


The futures of the Town and the business community are closely intertwined, with the success of one dependent on the success of the other. It is with this in mind that the Town and business leaders are beginning to work together to find options to better promote the Town, its key assets, and special events; encourage business attraction and business retention; and, create a vibrant, dynamic community that people want to visit, do business, and to live and raise a family. To realize these shared goals, the Town of Antigonish is working with business leaders to explore the option of re-establishing a Business Improvement District, or BID. 

To understand what a Business Improvement District is and how it operates, please visit our webpage: A Business Improvement District Model for Antigonish

Open Letter from Mayor Boucher and Town Council

To understand Council's thoughts on this initiative, please review the following:  pdf Open letter from Mayor Boucher and Council (358 KB)


Town staff have been researching options for enhancing our economic development-related services; specifically how we can improve our capacity for promoting and marketing the Town of Antigonish for business, tourism, and resident attraction purposes. The process has involved research into what other municipalities are doing and how the Town has delivered these services historically. Additionally, the Town, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and the County of Antigonish, held a business forum this past summer, which provided the opportunity for the business leaders and the broader community to discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the Town of Antigonish and how we can position our community for sustained success into the future. At the event, a consultative survey was launched (and remained open throughout the summer), "Improving our Economic Development Potential," which provided an opportunity for residents and business owners to weigh in on what the Town can do to enhance its service delivery in the area of marketing and promotions. 

Over the past few months, Town staff have been working with its key stakeholders, such as the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce, the Antigonish Downtown Business Association, and the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, to develop a plan and a process that will move our community forward. The Committee has reached a point where it must hear from you, the business community, to help our Town Council determine whether a business improvement district is right for the Town of Antigonish. 

The following reports have guided the process to date, and are provided to help you make the most informed decision you can on this issue: 

pdf Business Improvement District - Steering Committee Report (December 2017) (646 KB)

pdf MEMORANDUM - Coordination of Marketing and Promotions Services at the Town of Antigonish - August 2017 (4.40 MB) (Presented at the October meeting of Council, and includes an anaylsis of the results of the survey, "Improving our Economic Development Potential"). 

Antigonish Business Forum (June 7, 2017) - Youtube (audio recording)



The Town of Antigonish will be holding a week-long Informational Open House at the Eastern Strait Regional Entprise Network Offices (284 Main St.) running from January 22 to January 26, 9am - 5pm. Please feel free to stop by and ask questions, register to vote on this initiative, and learn more about the governance model and funding approach that is being proposed. 


If you would like to voice specific concerns, comments, or interests about this initiative, please email your comments to Steve Scannell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "TOA-BID Comment", or submit a letter to:

Town of Antigonish

ATTN: Steve Scannell

274 Main St

Antigonish, NS, B2G 1C4


To assess whether a business improvement district is desired in the Town of Antigonish, the Town will be organzing a public vote of commercial landlords and business owners/commercial tenants. 

For business owners/commercial tenants: In order to vote, please register using the following form: Business Improvement District - Voter Registration Form. The deadline to register is January 26th, 2018, at 5pm. If you have missed this deadline you may request a ballot by contacting Steve Scannell (information below), or by visiting Town Hall. 

For commercial landlords: you will receive information and a voting ballot by mail. The mail out process will begin January 29th, 2018. 

A note on voting: To be eligible to vote you must own a commercially assessed property within the Town of Antigonish, own a business located within the Town of Antigonish, or be a commercial tenant located in the Town of Antigonish. Commercial landlords are entitled to cast a vote for every commercially assessed property they own within the Town of Antigonish. Business Owners and/or commercial tenants are entitled to cast one vote for every business they own or tenancy they occupy within the Town of Antigonish. Commercial property owners who also run a busines from the same location are only entitled to cast one vote. 


If you have any questions, please contact Steve Scannell, Special Projects Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 902-318-1378.

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Town of Antigonish
274 Main Street
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Canada B2G 2C4

Phone: (902) 863-2351
Fax: (902) 863-0460 / (902) 863-9201

Town Hall hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm