Wolfville Council Approves 2018/19 Budget

Wolfville's Town Council approved an operating budget totaling $10.1 million at the March 20, 2018 Town Council Meeting.2018 19 Budget Graphic Horizontal

In reference to the budget approval, the CAO noted that “this is the second year that the Town has endeavoured to provide a comprehensive four-year budget and Operations Plan” and that “the 2018/22 Operations Plan will build on the successes and initiatives of the 2017/18 Fiscal Year and will ensure continued accountability and transparency related to operational activities”.    The plan will be updated/amended annually during the budget process which will assist Council in prioritizing and planning various services intended to benefit the community.  Council has once again managed to maintain and enhance its commitment to major infrastructure projects, while at the same time increasing the capacity for community infrastructure and programming.  Key to this will be the celebrations throughout the year to mark the 125th anniversary of the Town’s incorporation.

The approved residential tax rate of $1.46 per $100 of assessment means that 89% of residential accounts will, on average, see an increase of 0.58% which is less than the 2017 cost of living increase of 1.1%.  The majority of remaining accounts relate to new construction/major renovation. The operations budget continues, and in several areas enhances, Council priorities for the community.  In 2018/19 the Town will:

  • Finalize the Town’s Municipal Planning Strategy; including the development of a Residential Rental Business Bylaw
  • Celebrate the 125th Year of Incorporation for the Town of Wolfville with enhanced Town events
  • Complete year two of a multi-year year plan to mill and pave the west end of Main Street
  • Partner with the Town of Kentville and Berwick and the County of Kings to complete a Regional Recreation Needs Assessment
  • Provide Grants to Organizations in the value of $128,400 through the Strategic Partnership Program, Community Partnership Program and other grants approved by Council
  • Increase the Low Income Tax Exemption to $625, for those households not exceeding an income threshold of $26,739

The commercial tax rate of $3.57 per $100 leaves 50% of commercial accounts paying, on average, 2.56% less than previous year.  Another 25% of accounts will see, on average, an increase of only 0.28%. Economic development continues to be a priority for Council and this year’s pan includes a number of projects/initiatives in support of this priority, including:

  • Continued leveraging of the Town’s culinary, craft beverage and wine sectors
  • Continued support and partnership with the Wolfville Business Development Corporation
  • Completing a Parking Management Plan for the downtown core

The Capital Budget continues Council’s focus on improving the basic street infrastructure as well as, community parks and amenities.  Two residential streets are scheduled for infrastructure renewal; Gaspereau Avenue storm sewer upgrades, and Kent Avenue rebuild.  Community Infrastructure projects include continued upgrades to Evangeline Park and year one of a multi-year enhancement to the East End Gateway.  Year one of the East End Gateway includes expanding, milling and paving of the parking lot across from Willow Park.  Overall, $3.48 million in capital projects are planned for 2018/19 as part of the Town’s ten year capital investment plan which totals over $34.03 million. 

The complete 2018/19 Operations Plan will be available on the Town of Wolfville's website at www.wolfville.ca.

For Additional Information Contact:

Erin Beaudin, CAO
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Mike MacLean, Director of Financial Services
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NS Health Authority - Collaborative Family Practice Teams

Join the NS Health Authority for a Conversation on Collaborative Family Practice Teams

As Nova Scotians, it is important to stay healthy and well. When we have a health concern, we visit our family practice. Our health needs are changing and family practice is changing too.

Collaborative family practice teams have doctors, nurse practitioners, family practice nurses and other health providers working together to provide primary care in communities.

We know that accessing a family doctor or nurse practitioner can be a challenge for some people. Nova Scotia Health Authority is creating more and strengthening existing collaborative family practice teams across the province to improve access to the primary care you need.

We would like to share more about collaborative family practice teams, hear your thoughts, and learn what we need to know to make these teams a success in Nova Scotia.

Please join us for a conversation about collaborative family practice teams on:

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Wolfville Soccer Club is Hiring a Summer Coordinator

Please refer to the attached document and contact Wolfville Soccer Club directly!

Wolfville Soccer Coordinator Job Ad

East End Gateway Design Concepts & Survey

The Town of Wolfville has embarked on a master plan exercise for East End Gateway, encompassing Willow Park trail connections, and the leased Nova Scotia Power land on the opposite side of Main Street. The master plan will aim to create a sense of arrival and place, create a welcoming space for people entering the town via Main Street, review and make recommendations regarding recreational uses of the site, improvements to trail connections throughout the area, and creation of a public open space that reflects the unique landscape of Wolfville and surroundings. The resulting design will provide the Town of Wolfville with a plan that can be implemented in stages over time.

The consultant for this project, Ekistics Plan + Design, has developed 2 high-level concept options for the site, which are available to view below. We are seeking your input on which concepts you prefer, what are your priorities for implementation, and what level of programming you feel is appropriate for Willow Park.

  • Please participate in the online Concept Design Survey (click link) - Deadline for Survey completion:  Thursday, March 8, 2018

Concept 1 - Connecting with the Creek

  • This concept pays homage to Mud Creek, the buried creek that once ran through the East End Gateway site. A meandering path references the creek, and connects across Main Street to link Willow Park with the Harvest Moon Trail. Landscaping along the new path will serve to collect stormwater runoff in the site, and create visual interest along the path, providing a visual buffer along the edge of the existing parking lot north of Main Street. The visitor information centre will be replaced with a new building, in roughly the same location. Expanded parking areas are proposed, as well as an improved sidewalk along Willow Street, a trailhead with bike racks, signage, and seating close to the Harvest Moon Trail, and a future lookoff / kayak pier at the water’s edge. The area north of Main Street is kept open, to maintain views to the water and provide a gather place for events. Corner entrance plazas with a low wall (gateway feature) 0anchor the site at the intersection and strengthen a sense of arrival in Wolfville. The theme of the creek, in addition to guiding the site design, can inform future public art or interpretive elements.

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Concept 2 - The Harvest

  • Taking cues from the agrarian landscape of the Annapolis Valley region, this concept uses a more linear geometry to organize the East End Gateway site. A strong axis is formed with a continuous sidewalk along Willow Ave., continuing across Main Street to the waterfront lands, drawing visitors across the open space to the water’s edge, and a proposed waterfront lookout. Expanded parking areas are proposed, as in Concept 1. Orchard-inspired plantings in Willow Park will reference orchards in the region, using small flowering trees planted in a grid. The new Visitor Centre in this concept is proposed at the corner of Willow Ave. and Main Street, and will be surrounded by a small plaza that addresses the Main Street streetscape, and is mirrored on the other side of Main Street. Gateway signage / low wall features will reinforce the sense of arrival in Wolfville. A gently sloping events lawn in the area north of Main Street will provide a gathering place. The trailhead is located at the intersection of new park paths and the Harvest Moon Trail. The Harvest theme not only informs the design of the site, but can also provide inspiration for future public art or interpretive elements.

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Employment Opportunity: Building Official

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Our Igloo Has Been Built!


Thanks to everyone who came out to Wolfville's Winter Warmer event on Saturday!

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Special thanks to The Idle Threats, who braved the cold to provide us with some great music!

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Chef Chandana and Chef Charlie from the Port Pub pulled off their ice sculpture of the Wolfville Bloom:

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The Real Scoop Ice Cream & Espresso Shop (Coming Soon to Wolfville!) provided our guests with delicious belgian waffles.

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And, of course, we built an igloo that impressed our Hantsport challengers!

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Did you know that 2018 marks 125 years of Wolfville's Incorporation as a Town?

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Thanks to everyone who brought us their frozen milk cartons to help us build our igloo!

We'll keep the igloo lit up at night for as long as it lasts!

Congratulations Judith Tod!

Judith was chosen as Wolfville's nominee for the Provincial Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Ceremony in April.


Judith has supported 14 Syrian refugees, and is helping work to bring a 15th refugee to Canada.

Her work with the Wolfville Refugee Support Network and the Wolfville Baptist Church have been very important to many lives.  We wish Judith all the best at the Provincial Awards!

Volunteer Appreciation Night!

Celebrate the Town of Wolfville's Incredible Volunteers!

Join us on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Wolfville Farmers' Market to help celebrate some of our outstanding community volunteers.

All volunteer groups that operate in the Town of Wolfville (and ALL of their volunteers!) are welcome.

Enjoy a coffee, tea and snacks on us, and enjoy the company of the many volunteers that help make Wolfville a great place to live!

The Town will also announce our representative for the Provincial Volunteer Awards Luncheon and Ceremony.

We would appreciate RSVP's sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for groups and/or individuals who plan on attending!

Eastern Kings Memorial Health Foundation


“Supporting healthier communities through giving!”

$3 Million Given to Local Communities over 20 Years

The Eastern Kings Memorial (EKM) Health Foundation recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Grants Program.  The Trustees and Staff of the Foundation are proud to have served the 63 communities in the Eastern Kings catchment area since 1996.


The EKM Health Foundation is a charitable organization that funds health-related projects within Eastern Kings County.

The Foundation evolved from the closure in 1994 of the former Eastern Kings Memorial Hospital.  Donations previously made to the former hospital were transferred to the Foundation with the intent that the income from these monies supports health-related projects in the local communities.  The Foundation is directed by a volunteer Board consisting of 9 Trustees, along with an Administrative Assistant who manages the Office. 

The EKM Health Foundation is pleased to accept donations, bequests, and other gifts.  These gifts enable us to support healthier communities through giving.  The Foundation also receives requests for financial support from various health-related organizations, funding projects through a bi-yearly grants program.

How does the EKM Health Foundation promote a healthier community?

The Foundation disburses approximately $150,000 annually to support:

  • Women’s & Men’s Concerns
  • Seniors Issues
  • Infant Care
  • EKM Community Health Centre
  • Youth Nutrition & Activities
  • Community Service
  • Research
  • Valley Regional Hospital

Contact EKM Health Foundation

For further information, contact the Administrative Assistant at the Foundation Office at 902-542-2359, visit our Website at www.ekmhealthfoundation.ca, or check out our Facebook Page at EKM Health Foundation.

Wolfville's Emergency Guide

Emergency Preparedness is up to all of us - Be Prepared!

Take the time to review the Town of Wolfville's Emergency Guide 2017

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Emergency Guide 2017

Online Credit Card payments

The Town of Wolfville is excited to announce that you can now pay your Property Tax bill and or Water Utility Bill Online using your Credit Card!

The Town of Wolfville has partnered with 'Plastiq' to bring you the convenience of paying by credit card.  Plastiq is a third-party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.  Customers using this bill payment option will be charged by Plastiq a convenience fee of 2.5%.  Making payments through Plastiq is simple.  For more information click here

44th Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards

The Town of Wolfville will be selecting a representative from the nominees we receive for the 44th Annual Provincial Volunteer Award Luncheon and Ceremony.

If you know of someone in our community that deserves recognition for their volunteer contributions, please nominate them! Any Adult, Youth, Couple or Group of Volunteers from the Town of Wolfville qualifies! There are Provincial Awards for: Volunteer Representative; Family; and, Youth.

Here are some of the things you should include with your nomination:

Name, Phonetic spelling, Mailing address, Postal Code, Phone number(s), Email address

Summarize in 100 words or less the overall impact the Volunteer has made to their community. What makes this Volunteer stand out?

What are some highlights of the Volunteer’s (volunteer) career that they are particularly proud of or that should be featured?

When did they start volunteering? What motivated them to start volunteering? What are the organizations that have been most affected by their volunteering? What were some of the impacts?


Please email nominations by February 1st to:

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Request for Proposals - Tennis Courts Re-surfacing

The Town of Wolfville has issued a Request for Proposals to re-surface the tennis courts at Rotary Park.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the RFP document.