Nova Scotia Main Streets Initiative

The intent of the Nova Scotia Main Streets Initiative is to create momentum and identify opportunities for community-based approaches to improve Main Streets, while also providing considerations for government strategies, programs and policies.

*NEW* August 27: Main Streets Community Workbook Webinar 

Join Kieron Hunt and David Paterson, FBM Planning Studio at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 27 as they walk through their Nova Scotia Main Streets Community Workbook and provide the tools for fostering vibrant Main Streets throughout Nova Scotia. They will focus on community-based initiatives in small and rural communities, as well as considerations for government strategies and programs.

Email us to get the link for the webinar. 

Community Workbook 

The vision and community workbook (click here) was released July 6 (read the news release), It summarizes research and community engagement conducted in early 2020 by a collaborative team focused on the Main Streets in Nova Scotia’s smaller towns, villages and communities, typically with populations of under 10,000.

This project was initiated by the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities Active Transportation Committee, working with FBM Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, and Bicycle Nova Scotia.

Community engagement and research for the Nova Scotia Main Streets Initiative was led by FBM, with assistance from the Ecology Action Centre, Develop Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and Dalhousie University School of Planning students.

The work and associated engagement was also made possible by support and input from the following organizations: Cape Breton Partnership, Halifax Regional Municipality, Municipality of Chester, Municipality of East Hants, Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network, Municipality of the County of Richmond, St. Peter’s Economic Development Organization, and Town of Westville.

The combined interest of these organizations highlights the multi-faceted importance of understanding and investing in Main Streets in Nova Scotia.