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|Established|| June 02, 1997|
|Disbanded|| Still Active |
|Last Modified||Campari_007 October 28, 2012 08:06am|
This riding borders Nova Scotia's Fundy shore, encompassing an area from Lower West Pubnico to Black Rock Road and Highway 101 in the east. It consists of Yarmouth, Digby and Annapolis counties and a small part of Kings County. The communities in this largely rural riding include Yarmouth, Middleton, Argyle, Digby, Bridgetown, Annapolis Royal and Berwick. Seal, Brier and Long islands are also in the riding. |
The riding has been called a microcosm of rural Canada because it includes fishing, farming, tourism, small business and an English-French mix. It is home to an Acadian university, Université Sainte-Anne at Church Point. The close access to St. Mary's Bay and the Bay of Fundy has fostered a community that has traditionally relied on fishing as the main source of employment. There are also significant retail trade and manufacturing industries.
According to the 2001 census, more than 15 per cent of the population lists French as their mother tongue, with six per cent citing French as their ethnic origin. The average family income is $46,316 and unemployment is 10.8 per cent.
In 2004, 100 per cent of West Nova was retained and 20 per cent of Kings-Hants was added in the east. The riding of South West Nova was created in 1976 from 81 per cent of South Western Nova and 19 per cent of Annapolis Valley. In 1996, Seal Island was added and the name changed to West Nova.