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