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St Stephen Community Development Plan

The St. Stephen Community Development Plan is a road map to future growth for our area, developed with the co-operation of community stakeholders and institutions including the Chamber.

St. Stephen Community Development Plan (Click on to open PDF)

Groups & Organizations involved:

Chamber / DSS / BIA / Service Groups / Schools / Churches & Community Groups / Town Council & Administration

Tasks Identified:


  • Conduct Health Care Needs Assessment (Task Group)
  • Plan for hospital future (Task Group)
  • Define recruitment strategy for physicians (Town)

Arts, Culture & Sports

  • Establish a Centre for Arts (Service & Community Groups)
  • Establish database of sports & clubs, events (Town)
  • Develop marketing plan for Garcelon Civic Centre (Town)
  • Develop plan for Arena (Arena Board)
  • Assess feasibility of downtown social venue (Private Interests)
  • Preserve / share history / heritage (Expanded scope Museum Board)


  • Improve visibility of existing social & community programs (Town)
  • Improve support for High School Entrepreneurship program (SSACC)
  • Develop & support SSU Entrepreneurship Centre program (SSACC)
  • Strengthen High School CO-OP program (High School, SSACC)
  • Collaborate to support entrepreneurs (DSS, SSACC, CBDC)


  • Develop a plan for Downtown Infrastructure Development (BIA)
  • Develop Town Brand – Communicate and get community buy-in (DSS)
  • ID people (demographic) & types of business as marketing targets (DSS)
  • Develop marketing tools & market our town:
    • to targeted people (demographic) (DSS)
    • to targeted types of business (DSS)
  • Create New Business Package & ID a Single Point of Contact (DSS)
  • Evolve “Think Local First” plan and implement (SSACC)
  • Create business and community service directory (SSACC, Town)
  • Improve promotion of properties & businesses for sale (DSS, SSACC, Town)
  • Raise profile with INVESTNB & ACOA (with this development plan) (DSS)
  • Revise / refine Business Incentive Plan (DSS, Town)
  • Identify new ways to fund development initiatives (DSS)
  • Create compelling ways to prevent tourist bypass (SSACC, BIA, DSS)
  • Improve business retention / growth support (e.g. succession) (DSS, SSACC)
  • Assess feasibility & benefit of hospitality tax (DSS)
  • Develop an asset management plan for key municipal assets (Town)


  • Conduct climate change impact review (SCEP)

Community Engagement & Collaboration

  • Engage community (forums, surveys & communication) (Town)
  • Welcome & Engage all newcomers (CCMA)
  • Develop Community Ambassador program (Church / Service Groups)
  • Enhance pride in the community (Church / Service Groups)
  • Communicate success (people & business) (Town, St. Croix Courier)
  • Survey youth to determine their views on community (Boys & Girls Club, Town)
  • Foster community engagement in events / boards / volunteering (Church / Service Groups)