CBRM Service Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Click here for the CBRM COVID-19 Information Kit


Updated: April 6, 2020


As of March 16, 2020 Municipal buildings are closed to the public until further notice.

CAPE BRETON TRANSIT *Schedule changes effective March 23*

CB Transit continues to provide this essential service while responding to changes related to COVID-19. Please check frequently for updates to services and schedules.

CB Transit is now limiting the number of patrons on regular service as well as handi-trans to meet social distancing requirements. This may result in delays and increased waiting periods.

Patrons are to practice social distancing and keep approximately 2 meters from transit drivers at all times without exception.

Handi-trans continues to be available through the regular booking service, operating by appointment.

Click below for updated schedule information for Monday - Friday service. Saturday service schedule to be updated shortly.

Route 1A Sydney - Glace Bay
Route 1B Glace Bay- Sydney
Route 3 New Aberdeen
Route 4 Glace Bay - Steele's Hill
Route 5-12 Combo Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines
Route 8- Split Sydney- Whitney Pier
Route 9 Sydney - New Waterford
Route 10 -13 Sydney
Route 11 Ashby- Sydney River Combo

Saturday schedule
*Sunday service is cancelled until further notice*

Route 1 Sydney- Glace Bay
Route 5-12 Northside via Sydney River
Route 8 Whitney Pier
Route 9 New Waterford
Route 10, 11, & 13 Ashby, Alexandra, George

For general information and route maps, please visit


CBRM Planning & Development will now be accepting Building/Development Permits and Subdivision applications by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Building/Development Permit Applications must include attached electronic drawings, plans, site plan, location certificate, and approvals from outside agencies, if necessary (Nova Scotia Environment and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal). Associated fees will be added to the tax account on the property until further notice.

Subdivision Applications must include Statement of Registration and an electronic copy of the subdivision plan. Associated fees will be invoiced to the Surveyor.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may experience delays in approvals with new measures and possible disruptions with outside agencies.

Building Inspections

Building inspections are available to be scheduled with the following protocol:

  • All interaction regarding inspections, documentation, booking, review, etc., will be conducted electronically, digitally and/or by phone.
  • Builders are to monitor on-site workers and follow the COVID19 Information Kit recommendations for prevention. To schedule an inspection, please provide the following information:
    • Has anyone who has been on site travelled out of province in the last 14 days?
    • Is there anyone who has been on the site currently in self or imposed isolation?
    • Will the site be empty?
  • All inspection sites are required to be vacated at the time of inspection. Social distancing procedures as recommended by the Federal and Provincial Health Authority`s shall be observed.
  • Any inspection site that is “occupied” with or without a permit, will have inspections deferred indefinitely.

Mapping information for site plans related to accessory buildings can be obtained at this arcgis link.


Tax & Water Bills can continue to be paid by mailing a cheque, CBRM’s website via paymentus, online banking or at any financial institution.

Customers seeking to pay on accounts other than tax and water can pay by cheque processed through regular mail to:

CBRM Citizen Service Centre

320 Esplanade, 1st Floor

Sydney, NS B1P 7B9

Department staff are working remotely to assist customers with account inquiries and related issues including address changes, pre-authorized payments, billing inquiries, tax certificates, and other information on taxes and service rates.

The tax and water bill inquiries line 902-563-5025 is not actively monitored during office closure, however customers may contact department staff as follows:

For tax billing staff:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For water billing staff:

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tax and Water bill distribution may be delayed. (No impact to those subscribed to epost delivery)

Tax Sales

Tax Sale scheduled for March 26 is postponed to June.


Deadline for applications is extended to April 30.

Further information, guidelines and applications can be found at

Funding applications can be mailed to:

CBRM Citizen Service Centre
320 Esplanade, 1st Floor
Sydney, NS B1P 7B9


All solid waste management sites will be closed to the general public as of March 24, 2020 until further notice. Only current registered IC&I users and vehicles carrying out CBRM curbside collection will have access to the sites.

The Sites included in these restrictions are:
1. CBRM Waste Management Facility SPAR RD
2. Transfer Station - 715 SPAR Rd
3. Camdon Recycling Ltd. 345 Gulf Crescent, Sydport Industrial Park
4. CBRM’s Residential Hazardous Waste Depot 345 Gulf Crescent, Sydport Industrial Park


CBRM’s curbside collection program will continue as regularly scheduled in the 2019-2020 Curbside Collection Calendar. Please continue to place your materials curbside on your scheduled collection day. As well, collectors will be making allowances for any extra bags that may be placed curbside.


CBRM’s Heavy Garbage Collection has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please DO NOT place any heavy garbage out to the curb for collection.

Waste Reduction Educators have started to work remotely and will respond to all inquiries left on voicemail. Educators will be available to respond to all voicemail messages Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:00pm.

For messages - please leave your name, phone number and a brief message so educators are prepared to return your call.

Solid Waste Hotline 902-567-1337 


All Provincial and CBRM municipal parks are closed to all. All travel into those parks is strictly prohibited.

Provincial and CBRM Walking Tracks, Walking Paths and Trails remain open for exercise.Walk/exercise within your neighbourhood only. The walking tracks and paths listed below are currently maintained by the municipality.

These trails and paths are open to those who can access them from their homes. Do not drive to trails.

Provincial restrictions on gathering limits and social distancing guidelines must be followed.

The Coxheath Hills and Baille Ard trails are both closed by directive of their associations.

Atlantic Street Track
Wentworth Park Walking Paths
Neville Park (Whitney Pier) Walking Track
Louisa Gardens Waling Track
Vince Muise Ball Field (Sydney River) Walking Track
Patnic Avenue Track
Brookshaven (Dutch Brook) Walking Track
Westmount Family Park Walking Track
Cantley Village Walking Track
Coxheath Recreation Park Walking Track
Floral Heights Walking Track

Carmen Young Walking Track
Pitt Street Walking Track

East (New Waterford):
Colliery Lands Park Walking Paths
MacKinnon Walking Track
Sharon Anne (River Ryan) Walking Track

East (Glace Bay):
Renwick Brook Park Walking Trails
John Bernard Croak Dam Walking Track
Black Diamond (Hub / No.2) Walking Track
Holy Cross Walking Track
Port Morien Walking Track

For more information on these walking tracks, please see Walking Tracks and Boardwalks in the Municipality.



Public Openings for Closing Tenders and bid solicitations will be restricted to municipal staff only, with summaries of bid submissions posted on the Provincial Portal.


The Cape Breton Partnership focuses on connecting people from any industry or sector to the supports and resources they need. Find up to date information, resources, and Cape Breton Partnership's response to COVID-19 at

If you have questions, concerns, or relevant information to be shared with our business community, please email the Partnership directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.