Taxi by-law survey open until March 6

February 21, 2022

CBRM is currently reviewing and updating the taxi by-law. The municipality is seeking feedback on taxi usage, service, and regulations with a short online survey. The survey is now available by clicking the link here: https://kwiksurveys.com/s/cbrmtaxi

The survey will be open to responses until Sunday, March 6th. If you have any questions or would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact the Planning and Development Department at 902-563-5072 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Transit increases services beginning on Tuesday - Changes to four routes

February 18, 2022

SYDNEY, NS - Transit Cape Breton is making changes to several route schedules effective Tuesday, Feb 22. The changes increase the service to New Waterford, Northside and Sydney River areas. 

Route 5 service will now be every two hours on Saturday between Sydney and Sydney Mines.  During peak periods on Saturday, service will be hourly.  The hourly service will be 12pm to 3pm leaving Dorchester and 12pm to 2pm leaving Sydney Mines with two buses operating during this peak period.

Route 9 New Waterford will now have service every two hours consistently throughout the day.  Late night service has the last bus leaving Sydney for New Waterford at 9:00 pm and also leaving New Waterford for Sydney at 9:00 pm.  

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Transit Cape Breton - Service ending at 2:00 pm

Feb 14, 2022

Transit Cape Breton service is ending for the rest of the day at approximately 2:00 pm due to deteriorating road conditions. 

Municipal services update: Comfort centres open across CBRM

Update MONDAY, February 7, 2022 at 10:30 am

The following is an update on CBRM comfort centres

Centre 200, 481 George St, Sydney. Open 11:00 am until 10:00 pm

Miners Forum,  151 Lower North St, Glace Bay.  Open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Gabarus Fire Hall, 8791 Gabarus Highway, Gabarus. Open 9:00 am until 6:00 pm

Big Pond Fire Hall, 7193 East Bay Highway 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Boisdale Fire Department/Community Hall, 3810 Grand Narrows Hwy, Boisdale.  Open 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

New Waterford Fire Department, 3336 Walsh Avenue, New Waterford.  Open 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Louisburg Fire Hall, 7485 Main St., 7485 Main St., Louisburg. Open 10:30 am until 10:00 pm.

Reserve Mines Fire, 195 Main St, Reserve Mines. Open 11:00 am until 8:00 pm

Howie Centre Fire Hall, 47 Tometary Drive, Howie Centre.  Open 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. (closing time may change)

The North Sydney Firefighters Club, 17 Pierce Street, North Sydney is open for regular business, but welcomes anyone who would like to visit for comfort support. 


Please note, the following requirements: No entry for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who must self-isolate.

Masks must be worn in all public spaces. Social distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) and hand washing / hand sanitizing is required.

Municipal Update: Comfort centres and important numbers

Update: Sunday, February 6, 2022 -  1:00 pm

Comfort Centres are open now in locations around the municipality.

  • Howie Centre Fire Hall is open until 8:00 pm
  • Gabarus Fire Hall is open until 6:00 pm
  • Louisbourg Fire Hall is open until 8:00 pm
  • Centre 200 in Sydney is open until 8:00 pm
  • Reserve Mines Fire Department, 195 Main St, Reserve Mines.
    Open 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm
  • The North Sydney Firefighters Club, 17 Pierce Street, North Sydney
    Open for regular business, but welcomes anyone who would like to visit for comfort support.  

Please note, the following requirements at comfort centres: 

No entry for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who must self-isolate
The requirement for wearing masks in all public spaces
Social distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet)
Hand washing / hand sanitizing 


Important numbers:

911 for emergency/imminent danger calls (24 hrs)

311 is open today (Sunday) for municipal storm-related issues.

902-563-5151 for police non-emergency (24 hrs)

902-563-5500 for CBRM Public Works emergency dispatch (24 hrs)

1-877-428-6004 Nova Scotia Power – outage or downed power line

1-844-696-7737 Nova Scotia Dept of Public Works – Operations Centre

Comfort centres available Saturday afternoon, evening

February 5, 2022 

12:45 pm update 

CBRM will open municipal comfort centres today from 2:00pm-8:00 pm at the following locations: 

- North Sydney Firefighters Club, 17 Pierce Street, North Sydney.

- Big Pond Fire Hall, 7193 East Bay Highway.

- Centre 200, 481 George Street, Sydney. 

- Reserve Mines Fire, 195 Main Street, Reserve Mines. 

A decision on opening for Sunday will be made Sunday morning. 

The location of comfort centres was made in consultation with municipal and provincial emergency management officials. 

Factors influencing the decision include the size, location, and duration of outages, the expected restoration times, the most recent forecast and the location of a suitable facility for use as a comfort centre based on this type of emergency event. 

Notice of trail closure: Baille Ard Trail system

February 4, 2022

SYDNEY, NS - Please be advised that some of the trails in the Baille Ard trail system will be closed commencing on Monday, February 7, until the completion of construction work on the site.

The closure is required to commence construction on the Wash Brook Flood Intensity Mitigation project. Signage on site indicates the location of closed trails. 

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Seeking volunteer member for CBRM Diversity Committee

February 2, 2022

The Council of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality requires the service of a resident of CBRM who would be willing to serve as volunteer member on the CBRM Diversity Committee.

- One representative from the disability community for the balance of a two-year term (to February 2023).

The Diversity Committee Governance Policy can be found on the CBRM website: https://cbrm.ns.ca/clerks-department.html

Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality that represent the disability community who are interested in serving on the CBRM Diversity Committee should forward a letter of application, together with their Resume, to the CBRM Clerk’s Office.

Applicants should outline their qualifications, experience and volunteer work in the related field.

Deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2022 and should be directed to:

Deborah Campbell Ryan, Municipal Clerk
Cape Breton Regional Municipality
City Hall - 320 Esplanade, Suite 405
Sydney, NS B1P 7B9
By Fax: 902-564-0481or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Please Note: The applications will be considered at Nominating Committee and Council meetings that are open to the public.

Prince Street in Sydney will have detour Monday and Tuesday

January 17, 2022

Sydney, NS - Roadwork will be taking place Monday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 18 at the intersection of Prince Street and Sheriff Ave.   

The project is focused on pedestrian crosswalk improvements at the Prince and Sheriff Avenue crosswalk. Work will include underground excavation as part of the installation of pedestrian half signals. 

A full closure of Prince Street will be in place with traffic being detoured via (eastbound) Victoria Road and Disco St and (westbound) Sheriff Ave and Townsend St/High St/Inglis St. 

Transit Cape Breton will also have modified stops due to the construction site.  

Route 1 and CBU Express will now be detoured via Disco Street to Victoria Road (and return on the same route) to avoid this area.   

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Services update: Deadline for applications extended for low income property tax rebate

January 6, 2022

Business and rate payer services available during office closure 

SYDNEY, NS - The deadline has been extended to January 31 for applications for the Municipal Low Income Property Tax rebate.  The rebate program provides a maximum yearly tax reduction of $225.

Applicants must reside in CBRM and have legal title to the property and it must be assessed in their name. The property must be their primary residence and not a seasonal residence, vacation home or income property. Total household income must be less than the maximum income threshold as stipulated by the Guaranteed Income Supplement Program. For the 2020 taxation year, that maximum was $25,104.

Municipal planning department services and taxation and utility payment services are available during the current closure of City Hall at 320 Esplanade in Sydney. 

Applications for building and development permits, vendor licenses, and other Planning Department business can be downloaded from the CBRM website and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or can be dropped off at the drop box at the front entrance of 320 Esplande. 

For more information visit the Business section online at www.cbrm.ns.ca

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