Well known as the largest commercial centre in the South Shore, Bridgewater with a population of 7,620 is home to a diverse number of thriving major manufacturers, technology industries, and retail and service businesses located in town or within close proximity. Bridgewater remains a strong service provider for a primary market of 49,400 and has a trading marketing population base of 75,000 (Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, and eastern Shelburne Counties). Bridgewater also houses most major Federal and Provincial Government offices, which makes doing business here convenient and easy. New employers considering the advantages of locating in Bridgewater will also find that the Town has excellent capabilities at the Nova Scotia Community College for the design and delivery of specialized workforce training to suit individual business and industry requirements.
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Bridgewater and Area Major Employers

Michelin Canada Inc +/- 1500
Watts Communications +/- 350
14 Airfield Engineering Squadron +/- 150
ECI Medical Technologies


Nova Scotia Provincial Govít Offices +/- 100
MTT +/- 60
Nova Scotia Community College  +/- 78
Government of Canada Offices +/- 50





Vital Statistics

Bridgewater has a young, relatively well-educated population which is attractive to employers. The available work force is considered to have varied and culturally diverse dialects including German, Swiss and French.

Bridgewater Population 7,350
Population 25-54 3,150
Average Age 38
Unemployment Rate 9.6 %
Average hourly wage $7.50
Average family income $45,695
Average NS family income $43,109
Participation Rate 59.3%
Lunenburg County Population 47,520
County population 15 and over 38,550



Regional Labour Force

The region has a labour force of approximately 36,000 (61%) and an unemployment rate of 9.6%. The labour force within and adjacent to the area is mobile and therefore offers access to total labour force for Bridgewater employers.


Within 30 minutes 36,000
Within 60 minutes 60,500 (excluding Halifax)
Within 90 minutes 15,000
Total 111,500 (Halifax & area 191,000)


Lunenburg County Population   

Bridgewater 7,351
Lunenburg  2,600
Mahone Bay 1,015
Municipality of Chester 10,605
Municipality of LunenburgCounty 25,950
According to 1996 Census figures the population of Lunenburg County is ... 47,520


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