Major Employers | Tax Rates |
Water Supply | Power Rates
Nova Scotia is one of the few places in the world with a fully digital
telecommunications network. We have the second-largest natural harbour
in the world and excellent rail, road and air links to North America and
the world. The second most temperate climate in Canada allows for an unparalleled
12-month construction season. A recent KPMG study found the cost of doing
business in Nova Scotia to be the second lowest among 40 international
locations studied. With the current Canadian exchange rate, this can mean
up to an automatic 40%cost advantage over all US locations.
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.
If you believe that business success is influenced by the company you
keep relax because you're in good company when you do business in Bridgewater!
Major employers include:
||Michelin Canada Inc.
+/- 1500 employees
||Watts Communications Inc.
+/- 350 employees
||14 Airfield Engineering Squadron
+/- 150 employees
||ECI Medical Technologies Inc.
+/- 125 employees
||Nova Scotia Provincial Government Offices
+/- 100 employees
+/- 60 employees
||Nova Scotia Community College
+/- 80 employees
||Government of Canada Offices
+/- 50 employees
Wondering who some of your other neighbors might be? The Lunenburg Queens
Regional Development Agency maintains an on-line database of local area
businesses including those in the Town of Bridgewater. Use the link below
to visit the directory:
Tax Rate: $1.601 per $100.00 of assessment (2002-2003)
Tax Rate: $2.940 per $100.00 of assessment (2002-2003)
Supply and Waste Treatment
Pure and Clean! The 15 million-gallon reservoir water supply for
Bridgewater is from three large fresh water lakes and is one of
the largest water reserves in Nova Scotia. Bridgewater boasts a
new state-of-the-art $7.8 million water treatment plant that anticipates
having a 4 million-gallon capacity. The current wastewater treatment
plant has a three million-gallon per day capacity with expansion
Bridgewater Mayor Ernie Bolivar (left), and Nova Scotia's Environment
and Labour Minister David Morse toast bottled water that came from
the new water treatment plant. Keith Corcoran photo
"I'm extremely pleased and proud today. This is going to be
a long-term investment for the water users of our community,"
said the mayor. "We have the best water in Canada. We're meeting
the national guidelines, and it's going to stimulate growth in our
community. People looking for good drinking water - we've got it."
for Commercial and Industrial Businesses
(Nova Scotia Power)
Electrical power rates vary based upon usage. Rate Code categories include:
- Domestic Service
- Domestic Service Time-of-Day
- Small General Rate
- General Rate
- Large General Rate
- Small Industrial Rate
- Medium Industrial Rate
- Large Industrial Rate
For comple rate information please visit the Nova
Scotia Power website or download a copy of their current Rate
Guide from their site (November 2002 - PDF format - 575KB).
Overview of Industrial Rates (CDN $ - as of November 2002):
Minimum Monthly Charge
|SMALL INDUSTRIAL RATE
(Up to 249 kV.A. or 224 kW)
Rate Code 21
|$4.88 per month per kilovolt ampere of maximum demand.
||6.36 cents per kilowatt hour for the first 200 kilowatt
hours per month per kilovolt ampere of maximum demand.
||not less than $12.65
|MEDIUM INDUSTRIAL RATE
(250 kV.A or 225 kW -
1 999 kV.A or 1 799 kW)
Rate Code 22
|$7.84 per month per kilovolt ampere of maximum demand.
||4.52 cents per kilowatt hour.
||The minimum monthly charge shall be $12.65.
|LARGE INDUSTRIAL RATE
(2 000 kV.A or 1 800 kW, and Over)
Rate Code 23
|$7.47 per month per kilovolt ampere of maximum demand
of the current month or the maximum
actual demand of the previous December, January or February occurring
in the previous eleven
|4.49 cents per kilowatt hour.
||The minimum monthly charge shall be the greater of $12.65
or the demand charge.