Great Cape Breton Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 6

April 25, 2023

SYDNEY, NS – The Great Cape Breton Clean Up is planned for communities across Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Saturday, May 6.
Rain date, if necessary, will be Saturday, May 13. 

Families, organizations, companies and all community members are encouraged to come out and take part in keeping the CBRM clean.

The event is a municipality-wide litter clean up and begins with supply pick-ups at designated volunteer fire departments at 9:00 a.m. The event ends at noon. 

Several municipal departments are involved including Fire and Emergency Services, Solid Waste, Public Works, Planning and  Recreation. Residents can pre-register online at www.cbrm.ns.ca/cleanup for a chance to win prizes that include grocery and home improvement gift cards. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email.

Only pre-registered participants can win prizes so all intending to participate should visit the website in advance. 


Lead and copper sampling program for residential tap water

April 5, 2023

*NOTE - the program has met its targets for 2023. Next program will be in April 2024.

Annual lead and copper sampling program for residential tap water

SYDNEY, NS - The CBRM Water Utility is seeking volunteers for the annual lead and copper sampling program for residential tap water. The program is for customers of the CBRM Water Utility, not for those whose water source is a well. 
The Water Utility routinely monitors water quality within distribution systems. In 2020, Nova Scotia Environment introduced additional sampling requirements for lead and copper within customers’ homes.

This sampling program will be provided free of charge to a limited number of customers in each CBRM distribution system (Sydney, Glace Bay, Northside, New Waterford, Louisbourg, Floral Heights and Centreville).

Participants will be registered on a first come first serve basis until the program goals are met. The program occurs every year.

Customers can sign up online at www.cbrm.ns.ca/water-utility

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Municipal Services update Friday, March 31

Friday, March 31

Due to weather conditions, the following services are delayed: 

- Transit is not operating and will reassess routes at 10 am. 
- City Hall is not open for the morning and will reassess at 11 am. 


Curbside collection will take place today as scheduled.  


Budget Consultations are a chance for the public to help guide the priorities for the next municipal budget.

This year’s sessions will be held with Mayor, Council*, and CBRM Staff at the following locations:

Monday, March 27
Centre 200

Wednesday, March 29
Miners Forum

Thursday, March 30
Emera Centre

All events are from 6–8 pm.Events will be held in person, and livestreamed  on YouTube @CBRMGov. https://www.youtube.com/c/cbrmgov/videos

To see which district you live in, visit the CBRM's "Who is my councillor?" page at https://cbrm.ns.ca/who-is-my-councilor.html or call 311.

March 15 curbside collection cancelled


Curbside Collection for Wednesday, March 15, is cancelled due to the forecasted weather.
Extra garbage bags and green cart material will be collected on your area’s next regularly scheduled collection day.
Blue bags will be collected on your area's next regularly scheduled blue bag collection week. 

CBRM putting forward four housing projects for eligibility approval

March 13, 2023

SYDNEY, NS - Cape Breton Regional Municipality will seek feedback from CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) on the eligibility of four housing proposals submitted to the municipality for “Rapid Housing Initiative” funds. The RHI Cities stream includes $5 million of available funds for an eligible project or projects in CBRM. 

Council voted to reject a staff recommended project on March 7, but additional efforts resulted in further options for CBRM to move forward with Rapid Housing Initiative Round 3 funding.

CMHC has advised they are willing to work with CBRM to assess each of the applications received for eligibility and viability and provide feedback. CBRM staff are currently submitting all 4 applications in draft form to the CMHC submission portal by a deadline of March 15.  

Staff are also continuing communications with the provincial government on supports available to support applications.

CBRM Council will be required to make a decision on final project approvals by the end of March in order keep in line with project start dates of May 2023. 


Meeting Cancellation Notice - March 7, 2023

March 3, 2023

MEETING CANCELLATION NOTICE: A public hearing scheduled for 6:30 pm on March 7th is cancelled. The hearing was in regards to a proposed sale of CBRM properties for housing development. The meeting was first advertised on February 18.

Be prepared: Low temperatures Feb 3 and 4

February 2, 2023

Temperatures will drop extremely low on Friday night and Saturday, February 3 and 4. It is recommended that people do not leave their homes during extreme cold events unless necessary.  A prolonged time outside in the cold where you are exposed or motor vehicle breakdown could have a tragic outcome when coupled with extreme cold conditions. 

Those vulnerable due to homelessness: Anyone experiencing housing insecurity should call 211 to be connected to the proper provincial supports. The Community Homeless Shelter, 106 Townsend St in Sydney is open, aware of the weather and their facility is ready to receive clients.  The shelter has the ability to expand and accept additional clients during extreme weather events. If the person is located outside of Sydney they can contact the shelter at Phone: (902) 564-9487 Other: (902) 539-0025 

Comfort Centres (temporary locations): During a cold or warm spell, residents have many options to go for temporary comfort including public buildings, shopping locations, coffee shops etc.Designated municipal comfort centres that are operated by volunteers open in a response to an emergency where the ability for residents to go to the many other available public locations for comfort is not available. This type of event would be a widespread power outage where the expected restoration times appear to go well beyond 24 hours. We encourage 72 hours personal preparedness which is considered a Canadian and Nova Scotia standard. 

Some safety tips from Government of Canada: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201101-en.aspx



February 1, 2023  

SYDNEY, NS - With the coldest days of the year fast approaching, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation Department is bringing some heat to the midwinter month with a community event celebrating Nova Scotia Heritage Day on Monday, February 20.

The event will recognize the groundbreaking contributions of 2023 Nova Scotia Heritage Day Honouree, Elder Rita Joe. Taking place both indoors and outdoors at Centre 200, a combination of music, games, performances, and ways to get active will be on site from 12-5 p.m.  Elder Rita Joe of We’koqma’q First Nation was instrumental in paving the way for other Mi’kmaq authors. A residential school survivor, her greatest wish was to see more writings come from her people and “that the children would read it.” A member of the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Privy Council, Elder Rita’s writings worked to change the negative attitudes encountered in her life’s journey.

Starting with the “Poems of Rita Joe,” Elder Rita celebrated Mi’kmaq culture and language in her writings which include “Song of Eskasoni,” “Kelusiltiek,” and her most famous work “I Lost My Talk.”

An official Nova Scotia Heritage Day community celebration of the life and works of Rita Joe will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 5-8PM at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni with all welcome to attend.  

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CBRM Facilities Notice: Cape Breton County Recreation Centre

February 1, 2023

CBRM Facilities Notice:

At the request of the Riverview High School, a no food and beverages policy will be in place at the Cape Breton County Recreation Centre during the Red Cup tournament activities. Spectators attending games will not be able to bring food or beverages into the building. This is similar to Centre 200 policy which is no outside food and beverage permitted into the building during ticketed events. A canteen will be open for the event offering hot food and beverages throughout the weekend.

No bags, backpacks or other large bags are permitted. There will be no re-entry permitted for each game. Once the spectator enters they must remain inside for the remainder of the game or leave without re-entry. There will be a special student entrance.