Nova Scotia Community Counts - Hundreds of communities.  Thousands of facts. One website.

Nova Scotia Community Counts provides a common platform for social, economic, environmental and cultural data from many sources that illustrate the unique nature of each community. It provides easily accessible and understandable information products at 16 levels of geography. The Map Centre offers over 40,000 maps that are dynamically generated based on user requirements. Community Counts also offers comparisons of community information at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels to present a more complete picture of Nova Scotia’s communities. To download our brochure, click here. For an overview of Community Counts, click here.

Celebrating our 10th anniversary - 2005-2015!

Community Counts went live in January 2005 and revolutionized the way that Nova Scotians find data about their communities. Our common platform for data from many sources has become a model for what is now called open data. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have joined a Pan-Canadian research partnership, GeoTHINK, which is exploring how citizens engage with their governments using open data and interactive, web-based technologies. See the Featured Link on our website for more information.

Recent Updates
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  • Community Counts is participating in a Pan-Canadian research project called GeoTHINK, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The goal of the research is to explore how citizens engage with their governments using Web 2.0 (interactive web-based technologies).

    GeoTHINK, the Canadian Geospatial and Open Data Research Partnership, examines the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and governments and the way in which technology shapes, and is shaped by, this exchange. It couples government initiatives for open government and open access to data with citizens’ volunteered geographic contributions, and to spur innovation in operations and government-to-citizen (G2C) interactions.

    For more information, see
Upcoming Training

Community Counts Training in your Community

  • Nova Scotia Community Counts offers free training on how to use the website with all of its features – tables, charts, maps, community profiles and policy views.
    • Learn to Use Community Counts (3 hrs)
    • What’s New on Community Counts – National Household Survey (1½ hrs)
    If you would like to arrange for training in your community, we’d love to hear from you. This is what we ask you to do. Find a place that has computers with Internet access for people to use or WiFi that would enable people to bring their own laptops or tablets. Promote the session through your networks. We provide promotional materials that you can use, registration, and training kits for all participants.

    If you are interested in bringing our training to your community, get in touch with Malcolm Shookner, Chief Statistician, Community Counts,

Upcoming Training in Halifax

  • Training dates will be coming soon.

To register or request a training session, email us at