Overnight fires in CBRM

March 29, 2020

One person has died and about 50 people have been displaced following two major fires in the CBRM overnight. 

In New Waterford, a fire at seniors’ apartment complex resulted in the loss of one life and has displaced approximately 30 residents.The fire was contained but New Waterford’s Volunteer Fire Department remains on the scene. At this time, it is not clear how extensive the damage is and how long before the residents will be able to return.

On Charlotte Street in Sydney, 11 people lost their homes when a fire resulted in one building being torn down. No injuries have been reported.

That fire caused another 11 people to be temporarily displaced from their dwellings over the Subway restaurant next door.

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Municipality pauses on overdue accounts

March 27, 2020

SYDNEY, NS – Cape Breton Regional Municipality will not be taking action on overdue tax and water bills for at least 90 days.

 “We understand that many taxpayers are concerned about the future, about employment insecurity and the ability to pay their tax and water bills,” said Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Campbell. 

“For the next 90 days, CBRM is deferring tax sale procedure and disconnection of water utility customers for nonpayment,” said Campbell. 

“Any further deferral will be reassessed in June. We are also committed to being flexible, extending payment due dates, and providing options for residential and small business customers affected by protection measures undertaken by the Province of Nova Scotia.” 

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Cape Breton Transit *Schedule changes*

Cape Breton Transit continues to operate this week, however, seating is limited and schedules have been reduced.  

Please be advised Saturday service is limited and Sunday service is cancelled until further notice. Updated schedules can be found at www.cbrm.ns.ca/coronavirus and at https://www.facebook.com/CBRMgov

Modifications to seating capacity have been put in place to keep drivers and patrons a safe distance apart. CBRM respectfuly asks residents to avoid all non-essential travel to keep seats available for those who need it. 

HandiTrans will continue to operate by appointment booking.  Clients are asked to limit requests to essential trips only inlcuding medical appointments, grocery needs, and prescription pick up.

We appreciate your continued cooperation and understanding.  

CBRM Service Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CBRM officials are working closely with colleagues and partners, and are following the lead of Public Health officials in Nova Scotia, to prepare and respond to COVID-19.

For information related to CBRM services and impacts during this time, please click here or connect by visiting www.cbrm.ns.ca/coronavirus

For more information about Novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, please visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions in the CBRM


CB Transit update (9am - Weds Feb 12)

All buses are on the roads, however please expect delays on all routes due to the road conditions.


- Buses cannot travel on Common Street in Sydney, therefore will travel Edgar street instead.

- Busses cannot travel on Churchill Drive in Sydney, therefore there will be no pickup across from Access Nova Scotia for the time being.

NOTICE By-Law for Second (Final) Reading by Council

TAKE NOTICE that the following By-Law will be brought to Council for second (final) reading on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, NS:


Amendments to the Responsible Animal Husbandry By-law


To improve the wording to sections of the By-law for better enforceability by way of Summary Offence Tickets.To add a provision to the By-law that would restrict the keeping of roosters on urban properties.

The above By-law may be inspected at the Clerk’s Office, 4th Floor, Room 405, City Hall, 320 Esplanade, Sydney, N.S.

Stakeholders invited to submit request to present at Council's Climate Action Plan Update Workshop

CBRM is inviting community stakeholders to submit a request to the Clerk's Office, if they are interested in presenting to Council at the Climate Action Plan Update Workshop regarding Municipal Climate Action, taking place next Monday, January 20, 2020.

Requests should include topic details and any presentation materials they wish to use. Stakeholders will have a maximum of 10 minutes to make their presentation. One representative per organization.  

Depending on the number of submissions, and due to time constraints, it is possible that not all who express an interest will be able to present.  

Please send requests to present to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deadline to submit is 4:00 PM, Thursday,  January 16, 2020.

Storm Safety Information - January 12, 2020

The CBRFES, Emergency Management Division is monitoring the current weather system and is working with, and receiving situational reports and weather forecasts from Environment Canada and the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Organization:

  • Freezing rain/ice pellets conditions occurring. These conditions are expected to continue until 8pm-9pm tonight.
  • Slight winds gusting 40-60 km/h are expected. When freezing rain/ice pellets diminish, light snow flurries are expected to begin and persist through Sunday night into Monday morning with temperatures from -4 to -8C.
  • Driving conditions will be poor, residents are asked to stay of the roads unless absolutely necessary. If travel is required, please proceed with lower speeds and extreme caution. Residents and travellers are warned that highways, roads, walkways and parking areas will become slippery and hazardous.
  • Power outages are possible with ice weighted power lines and tree limbs. Residents are reminded, should power be lost, to exercise caution when using alternate sources of light and heat.
  • Do not use candles as light sources or barbecues for heat or cooking indoors.
  • If using generators, ensure they are outside, well ventilated, no vent blockage, and not vented near windows and/or doors.
  • Residents are requested to continue to monitor information sources and to be self prepared for 72 hours should conditions worsen. If there is power disruption for a prolonged period, the Cape Breton Emergency Management Division will establish a safe, required and suitable location for a Warming Center(s) or Shelter(s).
  • If they are required and established, the public will be notified using several information sources. Predetermining areas for Warming Shelters and/or Shelters is not an acceptable option as areas of need and safety can not be predetermined or established prior to a weather event.
  • CBRM Citizens are also reminded to adhere to the CBRM Overnight Parking Regulations as Cape Breton Regional Police will be working with the CBRM Public Works Department with storm clearing and clean up operations.
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City Hall closing at 11am due to weather

CBRM Facilities also closing at 12 noon. 

CB Transit Update: Jan 8, 11am

CB Transit cancelling for remainder of day. Buses are finishing the routes that are currently on.