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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.

Major Employers

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:


Bridgewater's Tax Rates


Bridgewater Residential Tax Rate: $1.601 per $100.00 of assessment (2002-2003)


Bridgewater Commercial Tax Rate: $2.940 per $100.00 of assessment (2002-2003)


Water 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 capabilities.

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."


Power 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):

Rate Code
Demand Charge
Energy Charge
Minimum Monthly Charge
(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
(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.
(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
(11) months.
4.49 cents per kilowatt hour. The minimum monthly charge shall be the greater of $12.65 or the demand charge.


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