Employment Opportunity - Closing August 31, 2018

Are you a municipal planner with a drive to work in a place where your contributions matters? Do you want to be part of a small and efficient organization where you can have an immediate impact on planning outcomes? We have the right job for you! The Eastern District Planning Commission serves two Towns (Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury) and four rural municipalities (Counties of Antigonish, Inverness, Richmond and Victoria) in one of the most scenic parts of Atlantic Canada. We are presently looking for just such a person to join our team.

Under the supervisions of the Director of Planning, you will join two planners and a development officer in helping to shape better communities in our area. Within months from your employment start, you will begin presenting planning files to municipal committees and Councils. Working for six municipalities at the same time, presents a variety of interesting files and you can expect an engaging work environment. Larger projects within the next twelve months include the full plan review for the Town of Antigonish, the development of a brand-new planning document in the currently unzoned Ingonish area as well as agricultural land use planning in the Counties of Inverness and Victoria. There is more on the horizon: potential changes to provincial legislation around planning standards and coastal protection as well as the upcoming cannabis legalization promise unprecedented planning debates in our municipalities.

The proximity to nature, great beaches and world-renowned tourist attractions such as the Cabot Trail will take care of your work-life balance. Our office is situated in Port Hawkesbury, the gateway to Cape Breton Island. In this small town surrounded by nature, the next outdoor adventure is never far away. Are you ready for that lifestyle?


As a member of our team, the successful candidate will be a self-starter who can perform a variety of tasks related to the provision of long and short-term policy and regulatory advice to our Councils. Specific duties include responding to public inquiries; attending community, committee and council meetings; reviewing and preparing amendments to existing Municipal Planning Strategies and Land Use By-laws. A working knowledge of the Nova Scotia land planning process (including the administration of a subdivision by-law), the Municipal Government Act, and software associated with a planning office is therefore essential for this position.

The successful candidate will have a combination of planning experience and education which will have prepared him/her for the challenges of working with minimal supervision and with significant control over their schedule, and will be eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners. The Salary range for this position is $51,308 to $60,024, commensurate to experience. The Commission reserves the right to consider filling the position below the Commission’s pay scale with a candidate without the minimum qualifications. Resumes will be received until 4:30 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2018, addressed to:

John Bain, Director
Eastern District Planning Commission
3 – 606 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2R7
Email: jdbain@edpc.ca