News Release - Temporary Physician Housing Pilot Project Announced

May 9, 2022

News release

TRURO – Two business-led organizations have launched a pilot project that will provide temporary
accommodations to support physician recruitment in the county.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce and the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic
Prosperity have partnered to lease a fully furnished, two-bedroom apartment located close to the
Colchester East Hants Health Authority.

“This as a fantastic opportunity for two major business groups in Colchester County to come together and
partner with this project,” said Chamber President, Matthew Mossman. “To be able to create this
opportunity to help bring in physicians to our area by offering temporary housing is so beneficial to
recruitment efforts.”

The partnering organizations are members of a Community Physician Recruitment Committee for Truro
and Colchester, along with the three local municipalities and Millbrook First Nation. The group has been
working with the province for more than five years in an effort to recruit physicians to this region.

A lack of housing in the region is impacting the ability for employers to recruit new employees and
unfortunately this issue has also been identified as an ongoing barrier to physician recruitment.

The Partnership, partially funded by the business community, has a dedicated employee working handson with physician recruitment activities.

“Our objective with this project is to provide incoming doctors with a soft landing in the community”,
said Mark S. Wood, TCPEP Chair. “As opposed to having to scramble to find a place to live, a doctor
coming to our community can settle into a comfortable, ready-to-go space”. Wood added that TCPEP is
happy to be collaborating with the Chamber on this innovative new offering. “It is just another important
piece in our ongoing effort to attract family doctors to our area.”

An estimated 20 per cent of the population of Truro and Colchester is currently not assigned to a Family

The Chamber and Partnership have combined funds to invest about $30,000 to support the pilot project
including the lease, insurance, cleaning and other associated costs. The project launches this month with
clients ready to move in on a short-term basis.

The apartment will be available for short-term accommodations for new physicians moving to the area,
those providing locum (temporary coverage for another in the region physician) or residents and medical
students needing accommodation as part of their education such as job shadowing or work terms in the

The Chamber will manage the financial part of the project while the Partnership will co-ordinate with
physicians requiring accommodation support.

“I’m happy to see the Chamber, along with our partner, be a part of an idea and once again turning that
idea into solution-oriented action that will positively benefit our community,” said Mossman.

While the organizations are pleased to offer this support, they also recognize it is a temporary solution.
Wood added that, “while this pilot project is a big step forward in our effort, the important work to close
the physician gap continues”.

We will continue to do and try new things to ensure that doctors know they will be welcomed and valued
in Colchester County”.

Media Contacts:
Sherry Martell
Executive Director
Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce

J. David Phillips
Truro and Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity

Call for Nominations open for Gala & Awards

The call for nominations is now open for the BDC Business Person of the Year Award & the Business Excellence Award. Nominations will be received by the Chamber until April1st, 2022. Awards will be presented at the 2022 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala & Awards taking place on April 21st at the Best Western Glengarry. The cost is $65 for members and $75 for future members. To reserve your seat, call (902) 895-6328, email [email protected] or visit the Events Calendar.


Nomination form for BDC Business Person of the Year Award

Nomination form for the Business Excellence Award

AGM announced for March

Join us as we welcome a new slate of officers, and to learn about Chamber activities.


March 9th

AGM at 11 am

Truro Legion - 42 Brunswick St, Truro


Luncheon at 12pm

$30 for Members and $35 for Non Members


Guest Speaker

Arnold Hagen

Owner of Harris Home Hardware (Truro & Bible Hill) and Truro Mall

Speaking on his Development Projects in the area


To register click HERE


Download our Health & Wellness Kit for Business today!

Health & Wellness Kit for Business

Health and Wellness programs support employee well-being

Designing and managing an employee wellness program is an important step in improving the health and productivity of employees and potentially improving the overall cost of employer-provided health care.

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Truro and Area Community Health Board Wellness Funds program, and several local groups to support the business community in establishing health and wellness programs for their staff.

Within this Workplace Health & Wellness kit, we have provided local and global resources to build a workplace wellness program, a sample plan and activities to inspire you to try new things while also offering challenges with incentives to boost participation.

Download the Health & Wellness Kit for Business HERE

Download the  Health & Wellness Activity Kit HERE




Truro Winter Long John Festival Live Entertainment Fund

Live Entertainment Fund

Downtown Truro will be glowing with community spirit this winter when a light show transforms Civic Square into a winter wonderland. The light show is a new addition to the Truro Winter Long John Festival, made possible by funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and a three-way partnership between the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Truro, and the Downtown Truro Partnership.

As part of the celebration, businesses can apply for the Live Entertainment Fund. The funding program is open to venues that provide live music as part of their customer attraction strategy. This may include bars, cafes, restaurants, and other types of business.

To apply for this funding or for more information, click here.

COVID-19 Government Program Updates

COVID-19 Government Program Updates



The new Atlantic Immigration Program will launch on January 1, 2022. The permanent program builds on the strengths of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and retains the core objective of attracting skilled immigrants to Atlantic Canada to address demographic and economic needs, as well as to continue to increase retention in the region. Key features of the permanent program include:

• All employers designated under the pilot will be required to be re-designated under the permanent program.
• Under the permanent program, all designated employers are required to complete mandatory on-boarding training provided by the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
• Mandatory inter-cultural competency training will also be required for all employers, prior to endorsement, unless the employer is deemed by the province to be exempt from the training.

Should you or any of your member businesses or organizations have questions about the new Atlantic Immigration Program and/or the use of other immigration programs to help meet labour needs, including the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, please reach out to our employer support team at [email protected].

Additional details about the AIP program are available at: Atlantic Immigration Program website.



The Sector Impact Support Program will provide a one-time grant of up to $7,500 to help small business owners in industries such as restaurants, bars, gyms, live performing arts facilities and recreation facilities. Eligible applicants will now be able to choose a grant amount based on either the gross payroll cost or gross revenues of the business in November 2021.

The Program will open in early January 2022: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Sector Impact Support Program - Government of Nova Scotia, Canada



Nova Scotians who have been impacted by the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for up to four paid sick days with the relaunch of Nova Scotia's COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Program.

For more details:



The federal government announced its intention to temporarily expand eligibility for the Local Lockdown Program and Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. This will help to ensure Canadians are protected and workers and businesses get the help they need to sustain them through new and necessary public health restrictions.

For more details: Temporarily Expanding Eligibility for the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit -

Live for Local Rally begins!

The Live for Local Rally was a contest aimed at promoting shopping local that ran until December 17th, 2021. You could upload a receipt from any business in Colchester County to earn an entry for our amazing prize giveaways. If you uploaded a receipt from one of our “Participating Businesses” you received two entries.

Congratulations to our winners!

Weekly Prize Winners
Name Prize
Becky Cowrly Coffee Lovers
Alison Wilson Nintendo Switch
Julie Stone Get in the Spirit
Rosalind Belland Charm Diamond
Alyssa Moraze Gas & Go
Sherri Webb Winter Car Care
Miranda Rock Kirk Saint
Deanna Lumax Stay & Play
Deborah Lusby Stay & Play
Elizabeth Spence Hub Cycle Ski
Lindsay Mattinson Self Care
Kathy Schedler Masstown Market
Grand Prize Winners
Penny Ferguson Truro Mall
Yvonne Kerr Downtown Truro
Chris Connolly Home Makeover
Sue Murray Inglis Jewellers
Nicholas Stokdijk Berry’s

Chamber one-on-one interviews with 41st Election Candidates

The Chamber recorded one-on-one interviews with some candidates from Colchester North, Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley and Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.
Note* - Candidates from the four recognized parties in all three ridings were contacted by the Chamber welcoming participation in these interviews.
Sponsored by Nova Scotia Association of Realtors.
Listen to them today:
Colchester North
Sean Foley - NDP (Colchester North) Click Here
Tom Taggart - PC (Colchester North) Click Here
Merlyn Smith - Liberal (Colchester North) Click Here
Ivan Drouin, Green Party  ( Colchester North) - Did not participate
Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
Dave Ritcey - PC (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Shaun Trainor - Green (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Tamara Powell - Liberal (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Darlene DeAdder - NDP (Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River) Click Here or Click Here
Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
Rhonda MacLellan - Liberal (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) Click Here
Janet Moulton - NDP (Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) Click Here
Larry Harrison - PC ( Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley) - Did not participate

Chamber Biannual Newsletter

The Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce have release there biannual Newsletter.

Topics covered:

  • E-commerce 2.0 Project
  • President's Message
  • Advocacy
  • Project Promotions
  • Virtual Gala & Awards
  • Events

View the newsletter here.