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Thank you for voting in the 3rd Annual Best Of Chester Municipality Business Awards! A total of 1254 nominations were recorded with 238 businesses nominated. During the voting period, 11,109 eligible votes were counted – a record for the program!

Congratulations to the winners in each category:

Best Artisanal Retailer - The Village Emporium (runner up: Light My Fire)
Best Building Services - Chester Building Supplies (runner up: Chester Electrical, Plumbing & Heating)
Best Building Supplies Store - Chester Building Supplies (runner up: Lester D Collicutt Lumber and Building Supplies)
Best Community Space - Lordly Park (joint runners up: Lido Pool)
Best Farm/Forestry Business - Ross Farm Museum (runner up: Integrity's Haven Equine Rescue Centre)
Best Garden Services - Oceanview Garden Centre (runner up: Downey's Pitcher Plant Nursery)
Best Gas Station - Chester Basin Petro-Canada (runner up: Golden Nugget AFN)
Best Grocery/Convenience Store - Spidle's Your Independent Grocer (runner up: Foodland)
Best Health/Beauty Services - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique (runner up: Valerie's Hair Studio)
Best Health Care Provider - Dr. Natasha Zinck, Chester Family Dental Centre (runner up: Dr. Maureen Andrea, Chester Dental Clinic)
Best Manufacturing Business - South Shore Metalworks (runner up: Hawboldt Industries (1989) Ltd.)
Best Marine Services - South Shore Marina (runner up: Gold River Marina)
Best Mechanic/Auto Shop - NAPA Autopro - Chester Service Centre Ltd (runner up: Jeff's Old Volks Home)
Best Non-Profit Group - Lighthouse Foodbank (runner up: Integrity's Haven Equine Rescue Centre)
Best Pet Services - Your Friend and Mine Pet Supplies (runner up: Oceanmark K9 Resort)
Best Place to have Coffee  - Kiwi Café (runner up: Tim Hortons)
Best Place to Stay - Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre (runner up: Mecklenburgh Inn)
Best Professional Services - Scotiabank Chester (runner up: New Ross Credit Union)
Best Real Estate Company - Tradewinds Realty (runner up: ViewPoint Realty)
Best Restaurant - The Fo’c’sle (runner up: Kiwi Café)
Best Spa/Fitness Facility - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique (runner up: NILU Gym & Fitness Centre)
Best Specialist Retailer - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers (joint runners up: Julien’s Bakery and Kiwi Café)
Best Vendor at a Farmer's Market - Julien's Bakery (runner up: Higbee's Berry Farm & Nursery)

Thank You!

A wonderful group of people turned out for the Best Of Chester Municipality Awards celebration on March 30 at Atlantica Oak Island Inn & Resort! First of all, congratulations to all of those who were nominated as well as the recipients of a "Best Of" Award!

Close to 1000 votes were recorded and it was a tight race in many of the 24 categories. This was the first year for these awards in MODC and with the overwhelming response, the event promises to increase in popularity in subsequent years.

Congratulations to the winners in each category:

Best Contractor/Renovator - B Redmond Design & Construction Ltd.

Best Convenience Store - Mohammed Sode's General Store

Best Farm/Forestry Business - M. Keddy Farm and Forest Ltd.

Best Food Establishment - Peasant's Pantry

Best Gallery/Studio/Artisan - The Village Emporium

Best Gas Station - Petro Canada Chester Basin

Best Grocery Store - Spidle's Independent

Best Hardware/Building Supply Store - New Ross Home Hardware Building Centre

Best Hotel/Motel/B&B - Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre

Best Legal/Accounting/Financial/Insurance Services - New Ross Credit Union Ltd (New Ross)

Best Marine Services - Blandford Auto & Marine

Best Mechanic/Auto Shop - Jeff's Old Volks Home

Best Non-profit Group - New Ross Regional Development Society

Best Place to Buy Meat - Peasant's Pantry

Best Place to Buy Vegetables - New Ross Country Farm Market

Best Place to Have Coffee - Kiwi Café

Best Place to Hold an Event - Forest Heights Community School

Best Real Estate Company - Tradewinds Realty

Best Hair Salon/Barber - Between Friends Hair Studio

Best Retail/Specialty Shop - Your Friend and Mine Pets Pet Supplies

Best Sport Club/Spa/Yoga/Fitness - Luna Salon Spa & Boutique

Best Vendor at a Farmer's Market - The Fish Store

Best Manufacturer - Muwin Estate Wines Limited

Best Healthcare Provider - Posture Perfect Massage Therapy

Temporary Vendor License

In the Municipality of the District of Chester, anyone living outside the Municipality wishing to sell merchandise on property not belonging to them must have a license to do so. This license is called a "Transient Trader's License" and an application can be found in the Trade & Licensing By-Law #11.

Licenses are usually valid until December 31 of the year they are issued, but renewals are available.

To apply, contact the Municipal Clerk via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by calling 902-275-3554, or by dropping in to the Municipal Office at 151 King Street in Chester.

We will need

  • name, current address, and phone number of licensee(s);
  • copies of applicable federal, provincial, or municipal permits required; and
  • fee payment ($25-$200)


There are many business development agencies, programs and resources for entrepreneurs seeking assistance to start or grow a business. To find out what fits for you, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 902-275-2599 to help you navigate.

Provincial Resources:

  • Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
  • Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI): NSBI focuses on attracting and retaining businesses, promoting trade, lending and finance. Its business-focused, private sector-based approach to provincial economic growth provides companies with the right blend of assistance for start-up or growth. While financial assistance is normally available by way of loans, loan guarantees, and equity investment, the nature of assistance may vary based on your business. These programs are designed to assist in offsetting a significant portion of business program implementation costs.
  • Innovacorp:  Innovacorp helps high potential early-stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace. Primarily interested in clean technology, information technology, and life sciences industries.

Federal Resources:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA):  This federal government agency headquartered in Atlantic Canada is dedicated to improving the economy of the region's communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC):  This group is committed to helping entrepreneurs develop successful Canadian small and medium-sized businesses. The BDC supports these businesses at every stage of growth through flexible financing, affordable consulting services, and venture capital.
  • Canada Business Government Services for Entrepreneurs: This federal government service can provide business with the resources needed to grow and prosper.
  • Export Development Canada: This is Canada's export credit agency. They support and develop Canada's export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.

Financial Assistance:

  • CBDC- South Shore Opportunities: South Shore Opportunities knows where to find the capital you need for your viable business idea to start and expand your business.
  • The Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board:  This organization supports the development of sustainable agriculture and agri-rural business in Nova Scotia through responsible lending. The Board is a leader in agricultural lending and creating opportunities in rural Nova Scotia.
  • Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate:Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate: Eligible companies can receive a return of between 5%-10% of their total payroll. The amount depends on the economic benefit generated to the Province and is generally paid out annually over a term not exceeding five years. To be eligible for the rebate, a company must create or retain a targeted number of jobs, at a minimum determined salary, within a set timeframe, and must also demonstrate it is meeting set targets associated with the coinciding project, including expenditure targets.
  • ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund:  A $300 million pool of research funding available to eligible companies operating in Atlantic Canada. Administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Atlantic Innovation Fund aims to increase the region's innovation capacity by funding research and development projects explicitly linked to the commercialization of technology-based products, processes or services. Eligible costs could include wages, salaries, capital costs and other operating expenses directly related to the research project. The AIF can provide assistance of up to 80% of total eligible costs for non-commercial projects and up to 75% of total eligible costs for commercial, private sector projects.
  • Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program:  This program supports the development of unique and advanced skills, knowledge and technological capabilities that will enable your business to better compete in domestic and international markets. Depending on the size and nature of your business, federal SR&ED tax credits can be either 20% or 35% of the eligible expenditures. If you're a Canadian controlled private corporation, you may be eligible to have a portion (or all) of the 35% federal tax credits paid out in cash. If you qualify for the 15% Nova Scotia R&D tax credits, you may be eligible to have a portion (or all) of the credits paid out in cash, if there are no other taxes owing.
  • Productivity Investment Program (PIP):  The Capital Investment Incentive contributes 20%, up to a maximum of $1 million, toward the cost of technologically-advanced machinery, clean technology, equipment, software and hardware with preference given to exporters in qualified industries.
  • The Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive: This provides funding to companies to encourage investment in skills development and certification. A company may apply for support toward the cost of the following activities: purchase of training from a formal training institution or qualified external or internal training provider; registration, tuition or course fees; international training; management skills development; skills development training leading to certification; training that supports workplace diversity; and other skills development and training based on a valid business case.
  • Invest Nova Scotia Board: This is an independent board that invests in projects to advance Nova Scotia's economy. The Board provides economic development incentives from the Invest Nova Scotia Fund for sector development or economic diversification, workforce skills for competitiveness, applied research and development and pilot projects. The Board can also provide incentives for trade, gateway and economic infrastructure, leveraging significant investments in new technologies or expansions and regional development with emphasis on high-unemployment areas.
  • Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIF):Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIF): CEDIF is a pool of capital, formed through the sale of shares (or units), to persons within a defined community, created to operate or invest in local business. It cannot be charitable, non-taxable, or not-for-profit, and must have at least six directors elected from their defined community. These offerings constitute an exempt offering of these securities only in Nova Scotia by authorized sales agents.
  • Small Business Development Program (SBDP): This program helps small businesses get started and existing businesses expand. It provides help through qualified consultants for business operators to review and assess their practices and develop new approaches to ensure success. Support for approved services for start-ups and existing businesses will be made at 50 per cent of total eligible project costs, to a maximum contribution of $15,000.

Hiring Students:

  • Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive (SCEI):  This incentive assists high-value businesses and organizations recruit and retain university and community college students by providing quality work experience, encourage youth retention leading to full-time long-term employment, and improve workforce productivity.
  • Student Career Skills Development Program (SCSDP):  SCSDP partners with not-for-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students. The jobs will be distributed across the province based on population and unemployment for each county.

Doing Business in the Municipality


The Municipality of the District of Chester (MODC) has an excellent strategic location to attract investment opportunities. MODC borders Halifax Regional Municipality and is only 45 minutes from downtown Halifax. It is close to major activity within the Province, yet far enough away to offer a quaint relaxing atmosphere. The Provincial 100 series Highway 103 runs east/west through the entire District for easy access and a major transportation network to Halifax and the Halifax International Airport, which is only a one hour drive. High speed broadband internet is available through many communities and in most parts of rural MODC.

We are ideally located in the South Shore of Nova Scotia, in the East Coast of Canada, which is ideally positioned halfway between Europe and North America's West Coast. With only sixty minutes to the Port of Halifax and the North American rail network, we have easy access to the world!

Time Zone - Optimizing Your Ability to Access International Markets
Here in MODC, you can easily do business with western Europe and all of North America all within the same day, thanks to the Atlantic Time Zone (EST + 1 hour), allowing you to save time and money.



  • Affordable commercial tax rate
  • Available land
  • Skilled and dedicated workforce
  • Fiber Op availability in some communities, plus Broadband access throughout most
  • Ocean views
  • Relaxed lifestyle
  • Safe communities
  • One of the most moderate climates in Canada
  • Great schools
  • 100 series Highway
  • One hour to Halifax International Airport
  • Forty-five minutes to downtown Halifax

We are an innovative community where leading edge technologies are embraced and welcomed.


For information about amenities that the Municipality offers, explore our website.
To see the vibrancy of the community, explore the community events calendar.


Business Resources
The Municipality of the District of Chester has an Economic Development Officer support and connect with businesses.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Ph. 902-275-2599

If you are starting a business or expanding your business location, please see "PERMITS Section" to determine if you require a permit or development agreement. You can also  download our "How to Start a Business Checklist" for some helpful strategies.

MODC is served by the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce. This is Chester and areas' leading voice for business with 200+ members. It is a membership-based, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit and non-governmental organization whose mission is to support and promote business in the community. Chamber members represent all sectors of business, committed to building a thriving and economically healthy community.

For more information about the South Shore regions, visit