Sussex and Surrounding Area

About the Sussex and Surrounding Area

The Sussex and Surrounding Area is a rural community located in the southern part of the province. The main employment industries in the area are in the sectors of manufacturing, construction, and agriculture. The hub of Sussex and Surrounding Area is the town of Sussex, where Horizon’s Sussex Health Centre is located.

Included in the Sussex and Surrounding Area are the communities of Anagance, Apohaqui, Bains Corner Barnesville, Belleisle Creek, Berwick, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Canaan Forks, Cardwell, Codys, Coles Island, Cornhill, Hammond, Hatfield Point, Havelock, Head of Millstream, Johnston, Kiersteadville, Lower Millstream, Midland, New Line, Norton, Passekeag, Penobsquis, Picadilly, Roachville, Salt Springs, Smiths Creek, Springfield, St. Martins, Studholm, Sussex, Sussex Corner, Titusville, Upham, Upperton, and Wards Creek.

The population of the Sussex and Surrounding Area is 23,139 and has seen an increase of one per cent from 2006 to 2011. In 2011, the median household income in the community was $52,432 and 15 per cent of the population was living in low-income households. Given significant employment changes in the community following the sudden closure of the potash mine in Penobsquis in 2016, stakeholders shared that the median household income has decreased, and felt that the rates of unemployment and low-income households have increased.

Data shows rates for many chronic diseases increasing between 2011 and 2014 in the Sussex and Surrounding Area. Especially concerning are the increasing rates of depression, cancer, heart disease, and emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Primary health care services in the Sussex and Surrounding Area are provided through Horizon’s Sussex Health Centre, Horizon’s Addiction and Mental Health and Public Health services, family physicians, and nurse practitioners.

Some of our community partners include: