Smart City Ideas Challenge

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Are you ready to vote? You gave us some great ideas to work with and we have narrowed it down to six ideas. The top two ideas that receive the most votes will be brought to Council to decide which will form the basis of the Town’s application for the Infrastructure Canada’s Smart City Challenge. Voting ends March 16, 2018. Please visit getinvolvedyarmouth.ca website to vote!

 

The Town of Yarmouth is looking for your ideas; is there something you would like to change or improve about our community? We want to hear from you.

What?

The Smart City approach means achieving meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. This approach can be adopted by any community, big or small.

Why?

The Government of Canada has issued a Smart City Challenge and is accepting application for communities for meaningful, measurable, projects that reflect the needs of the community and are explained within the context of a "smart city approach". Winning applications will receive the funding to implement their project. The following prize opportunities are available:

  • One prize of up to $50 million - Open to all communites, regardless of population
  • Two prizes of up to $10 million each - Open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people
  • One prize of up to $5 million - Open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people

For  more information on the Smart City Challenge visit the Impact Canada website.

Who?

Anyone can submit an idea! The Town is accepting all ideas that contibute to improving the community for residents. Each idea should touch on one of the following themes:

  1. Resident Welfare - help the community to feel safe and secure.
  2. Earn a Good Living - provide opportunity for residents to seek fair employment.
  3. Move Around my Community - connect important community destinations.
  4. Enjoy a Healthy Environment - improves the overall health of those in the Town.
  5. Be Empowered and Included in Society - help those most vulnerable find a voice within our neighbourhood.
  6. Live an Active and Healthy Lifestyle - provide healthy opportunities to citizens.

How?

Ideas can be submitted online through the Town of Yarmouth's getinvolvedyarmouth.ca website.

Ideas will then be evaluated to ensure they meet the Smart City Challenge Competition criteria. Those that qualify will then be posted and the community will be invited to vote. The idea that receives the most votes will then form the basis of the Town's application for the Infrastructure Canada's Smart City Challenge.

When?

The Town of Yarmouth is currently accepting "Smart City" ideas from the public. Ideas will be accepted until Friday, February 9th, 2018.

The Town of Yarmouth will select the ideas that best meet the competition criteria. The public will be invited to vote on their favourite idea.

Where?

Ideas should focus on the Town of Yarmouth; however, any community structure is eligible for this competition, so if you have a good idea that involves the Town as well as another community, please share it!

Arts and Culture Centre

arts and cultureIn 2010, Yarmouth Town Council adopted the Yarmouth Downtown Blueprint Plan, which lays out a 20-year vision to revitalize the downtown.

The plan, developed by Ekistics Planning and Design, envisions that by 2030 downtown Yarmouth will be the cultural hub of western Nova Scotia. Residents and tourists alike will be drawn to downtown for its culture and history. They will stroll streetscapes where a blend of heritage and modern buildings will be home to galleries, theatres, boutiques and artisans workshops. They will be able to see a play, hear a concert, enjoy a dance troupe performing at one of several outside performance venues. One-of-a-kind specialty shops will be clustered around a major new arts centre that will foster creativity and the arts.

In 2017, Town Council’s Strategic Priorities renewed that call for an arts and culture centre to be located in the downtown, in order to establish a major new public destination for the downtown to rally around.

The project space is adjacent to the Collins Heritage Conservation District, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Alma Square. It will be a dynamic space dedicated to arts, cultural engagement, and commerce with additional publicly accessible space for community gatherings.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited

The Town of Yarmouth hired MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited to work with local representatives of various cultural and arts groups while creating a Vision Concept for the project. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple architects, landscape architects, planners and urban designers have been offering a unique mix of interdisciplinary design services for over 30 years to institutions, federal and provincial government agencies, municipalities, developers and not-for-profit corporations. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple's experience will assist in creating an important space for the people of the Town of Yarmouth and its region.

Get Involved - We want to hear from you.

Your input is important to us.  To find out where we are in this project's lifecycle, and to particpate in the consultation process, please visit and register at Get Involved Yarmouth site: www.getinvolvedyarmouth.ca 

Summer Sounds in Frost Park

Calling all musicians, actors, artists, poets, and dancers!

Would you like to entertain in Frost Park on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening this summer? If your performance is family-friendly and on a volunteer basis, we'd love to see you there. Performers are welcome to busk and sell your CDs. To find out about performances, visit the Town’s Community Event Calendar for more information.

For further information or to book your spot, contact Natalie Smith at (902) 742-1505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Wade Cleveland at (902) 749-6194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download the Summer Sounds Poster 

Busker Performances Welcome Downtown

Jugglers, musicians, living statues – family-friendly entertainment is welcome in downtown Yarmouth! Help us bring fun to the streets this tourist season. There are no permit or fee requirements, just a few rules of thumb. Check out the guidelines below or download the full brochure.

Busker Brochure Final Page 2

Busker Performances Welcome Downtown

Jugglers, musicians, living statues – family-friendly entertainment is welcome in downtown Yarmouth! Help us bring fun to the streets this tourist season. There are no permit or fee requirements, just a few rules of thumb. Check out the guidelines below or download the full brochure.

Busker Brochure Final Page 2

Development Rebate Program

On January 11, 2017, the Town of Yarmouth was the first in Nova Scotia to enact a by-law establishing a Development Rebate Program, designed to stimulate building construction and expand the Town economy.

The Town of Yarmouth’s By-Law 65, cited as the “Central Business District Improvement Plan By-Law” takes advantage of the recent change to the Municipal Government Act (through Bill 177) to “authorize municipal councils to make a by-law providing for the phasing-in, over a period of up to 10 years, of an increase to the taxable assessed value of certain or contaminated properties located in a commercial development district established by by-law and further providing for the cancellation, reduction or refund of taxes paid as a result of the phasing-in.”

This means that property owners within the Central Business District (shown in the image below) can apply for annual partial rebates of up to ten years on commercial taxes if you have undertaken development of the property.

central business district

Development can include new building construction, or the expansion of an existing building to realize more effective utilization of the property’s potential.

Eligible property must enter into a Phased In Assessment Agreement with the Town prior to receiving a development rebate. More details can be found in the attachment at the bottom of this page. To get started, check out the full Central Business District Improvement Plan By-Law on our By-Laws page, and contact Town of Yarmouth Economic Development, Natalie Smith, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (902) 742-1505.

pdf Central Business District Improvement Plan By-law (418 KB)

pdf Phased In Assessment Agreement (519 KB)

pdf Central Business District Map (524 KB)

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 This is an exciting time for the Town of Yarmouth. By working together, we can meet today’s challenges and build a better future.”

Pam Mood

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Town of Yarmouth
400 Main Street
Yarmouth, B5A 1G2

  (902) 742-2521
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