Welcome to the Municipality of Yarmouth


The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, affectionately known as MODY by the locals, is a diverse collection of communities located on the southern tip of Nova Scotia.  Diversity can be found in our landscapes.  The Municipality of Yarmouth boasts rugged and sandy ocean fronts, working wharves, rolling hills, old growth forests, quaint hamlets, bustling business districts and clean cottage country lakes.  Diversity is found in our economy.  Fishing, forestry, agriculture, light manufacturing, retail, personal services, professional services, and creative arts are a few of the sectors where vocational opportunities abound.  Diversity describes the recreation and leisure offerings.  Music, water sports, school and community sporting leagues, dancing, theatre, pottery, photography, wood carving, quilting and so much more are available.  Diversity is celebrated in our people.  With a global ethnic presence, the Municipality of Yarmouth is increasingly seen as an ideal place to put down roots, seize work/life balance opportunities and contribute to one's community. 

If you'd like to explore living, working or investing in the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, please contact the office of the CAO at 902-742-7159.

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For Immediate Release

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF YARMOUTH, NS.

<July 14th, 2022 – Hebron, Nova Scotia>

The Municipality of the District of Yarmouth (MODY) and The Friends of the Yarmouth Light (FOYL) are collaborating on how best to partner for the betterment of the community.

When the Cape Forchu Lighthouse was automated in 1993, the lightkeeper left and the lighthouse was abandoned. Concerned citizens (FOYL) dedicated to preserving the site proceeded to improve the buildings and grounds, creating a stunning visitor attraction. In 2019, MODY placed a renewed focus on the site and commissioned a comprehensive master plan for the property and FOYL found a new home on Water Street in Yarmouth, with their historical documents and artifacts collected over 26 years. Although concerns arose over the transition, both the Municipality and “The Friends” are now on the same page and are partnering.

Warden John Cunningham says, “We’ve been through a season of great change around the world. As the MODY and FOYL move forward, past their own seasons of change and with their respective ambitious plans, collaboration will be important and welcomed.”

Dave Warner, President of the FOYL says, “The Friends of the Yarmouth Light are pleased to support the new direction to make Cape Forchu a world-class site.” Warner adds that his organization is expanding its focus to celebrate the long history of international tourism, immigration, and their collective economic impact on Yarmouth County. “FOYL is developing a new story for the Harbourfront Museum in the historic Killam Building Heritage Centre at 90 Water Street in Yarmouth. We look forward to continued support from MODY as we promote the many facilities and sites around Yarmouth Harbour.”

Warden Cunningham adds, “The District of Yarmouth supports tourism operators as they recover from the pandemic. Their contribution over many years to Yarmouth County’s cultural and historical preservation have been an asset to the entire community.”

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Prepared by:
Sandra Phinney
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Media Contacts:

Victoria Brooks
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the District of Yarmouth
902-742-7159
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Dave Warner
President, Friends of the Yarmouth Light

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For Immediate Release

MUNICIPAL COUNCIL HOLDS RATES AMID RECORD INFLATION

<May 25th, 2022 - Hebron NS>

Council for the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth cast an ambitious investment plan at the May 25, 2022 Council meeting. Amid inflation rates higher than seen in over a generation, Council continues to focus on infrastructure and programs essential for growing, vibrant communities while holding all tax rates and special assessment fees. With a competitive $1.18 Residential rate $2.17 Commercial rate, living and investing in MODY is a great option.

Capital spending in waste water improvements, Hebron Business Park, Cape Forchu and more high-speed internet, along with its commitment to a modern aquatics facility at the Mariner Center on Jody Shelley Drive, headline the strategic projects which are part of a $5.2 million capital budget for 2022-23.

Operationally, Council’s largest investments are in Protective and Emergency services - $2,894,562 or 19.9%; transfers to Education - $2,341,686 or 16%; Recreation services including Mariner Center and Mariners on Main - $1,283,850 or 8.5%; and Solid Waste collection & disposal - $899,356 or 6.2%.

While property values in the District have risen approximately 7.5%, holding the rates generates a 6% increase in tax revenues, supporting businesses and families during a period of high inflation.

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Media Contacts:

John Cunningham
Warden
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Phone: 902-742-7159

Victoria Brooks
Chief Administrative Officer
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902-742-7159

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For Immediate Release

COUNCIL APPROVES ACCESSIBILITY PLAN

<April 5, 2022 – Hebron, Nova Scotia>

An action plan aimed at removing barriers to access throughout the Municipality of the District of Yarmouth was recently approved by Council and filed with the Province.

Members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee recommended the plan to Council fulfilling their part of their mandate. Over the past year the committee worked diligently fine tuning priorities that will improve accessibility across all functions of the Municipality including: goods and services; information and communications; transportation; employment; and the built environment. Provincial regulations make specific requirements of Municipalities, as “prescribed public sector bodies”, to address accessibility gaps in the built environment immediately on the way to an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. The approved plan can be viewed on the Municipality’s website https://www.district.yarmouth.ns.ca/index.php/community/accessibility-plan-2022-2025.

The Accessibility Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to Council and is seeking citizen representatives. The committee shall be comprised of at least 50% members who self-identify with an accessibility barrier OR represent groups/organizations serving people with accessibility barriers. Council recently approved an amendment to the Citizen Appointments to Committees, Boards and Authorities policy providing meeting honorariums for citizen representatives with accessibility barriers to support their participation in this important work. Residents of the District of Yarmouth who are interested in serving on the AAC can reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Municipal Clerk, Jenny Porter at 902-742-7159.

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Media Contacts:

John Cunningham
Warden
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Phone:  902-742-7159

Victoria Brooks
Chief Administrative Officer
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Phone: 902-742-7159

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