Mayor's Office

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The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is guided by clear principles that light the path toward growth and prosperity. I welcome everyone to join us on this journey.

A Reorganization Plan for Positive Change was adopted by CBRM Council in the Fall of 2012. The document is titled "Shaping our Future in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality".


Year One update (2012-2013) (PDF 1.5MB)

Mid-term update (2014 year in review)

June 3, 2015 Mayor's Speech Video and Text

As we go forward, councillors and others in positions of leadership in our community will demonstrate a commitment to collaboration, advancement, partnering and future promise. Our plan for the years ahead will focus our energy and frame our success.

The CBRM is a community that leads and will pursue opportunities that advance our region. This begins by making our community the most business and development-friendly in Atlantic Canada. As Mayor, I will empower the CBRM's employees and residents to ensure they have the benefit of working and living in one of Canada's best-run municipalities. They will set the tone, create the spark and serve as catalysts for significant, positive community change.

The CBRM is a confident community that demonstrates transparency and strict reporting of the strategic goals and outcomes of its government. Municipal government is inclusive and will regularly consult with residents, business leaders, organizations and partners on the journey ahead. Through a confident and focused municipal government, residents and businesses in CBRM can benefit from quality front-line services.

Our determination and effort are our greatest strengths. May we find an abundance of both in the coming years.

Cecil Clarke
Mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality



About Mayor Cecil Clarke


Cecil Clarke was elected Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality in 2012. With his colleagues on council, he is moving forward with a plan for Positive Change.

Mayor Clarke has been focused on making our city the most business and development-friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality is the first in Nova Scotia to announce new federal infrastructure and special program funding ... $90 million so far.  New companies are in our port and airport, creating jobs and improving Cape Breton’s connectivity to the world.

Before being elected Mayor, Cecil served on the Executive Council of Nova Scotia. He was Speaker of the House of Assembly and Government House Leader. He served as Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Energy and Attorney General and Minister of Justice. As Minister of Economic Development, he began the successful Small Business Loan Guarantee Program, which has led to the creation over 9,000 jobs in Nova Scotia.

As Energy Minister, he led the implementation of the $830 million Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord and the $640 million Deep Panuke development. As Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Clarke’s “Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act” helps citizens take back the streets from criminal activity;

Positive Change:

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is becoming more open and transparent under Cecil Clarke's leadership:

  • First region-wide budget consultation
  • The first five-year Capital Plan for infrastructure
  • The first unanimous budget vote in council
  • First joint meeting of all island councils ...and the first joint meeting of CBRM council and Membertou and Eskasoni First Nations
  • The first Mayor's Task Force to re-examine the municipality's practices and organization
  • The first visit to our city by a Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor
  • First year-round council meetings, ending the practice of summer recess

During annual budget consultations, more than a thousand residents have been consulted on the top priorities for our city. Job creation was the number one priority and the Port of Sydney was widely viewed, by a majority of residents, as important to economic growth.

The five-year Capital Plan and development of the Port of Sydney are key initiatives of Mayor and Council and every effort will be made to address these as the priorities of the citizens of CBRM. The Port Summit, held in February, 2013, attracted experienced presenters and interested parties from across North America and engaged residents about the economic potential of our port.

As Mayor, Cecil Clarke will continue to reach out and build the bridges to a new, stronger economy for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.