Municipal services update

April 28, 2021

Cape Breton Regional Municipality Update 

Due to an exposure notice released by the province on Tuesday night, the Miners Forum in Glace Bay is closed for cleaning today and tomorrow. The facility will reopen after that time. 

The CBRM Solid Waste public drop-off site on King Street in North Sydney will be closed on Saturday, May 1, 2021. If you have questions, contact the Solid Waste Hotline at 902-567-1337.  

Reminders of cancellations, closures and postponements: 

All municipal buildings are closed to the public and many municipal staff are working from home. Residents may contact CBRM's lockdown operations line at 902-563-2276 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further assistance.  

Service adjustments have been made to transit operations to increase driver and passenger safety. Passengers enter and exit through the back door and no fares are collected. Signage on the bus requests social distanced seating. At this time there are no changes to schedules or routes. 

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City Hall and municipal buildings closed to public

April 27, 2021

SYDNEY, NS - Effective Wednesday, April 28, City Hall and other municipal buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

Tax and Water Bill Payments:

Tax or water bill payments can be paid by cheque through mail to 320 Esplanade, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 7B9. Cheques may be dropped off at the drop box at City Hall, 320 Esplanade. A notation indicating the account number should be on the cheque. 

There are online payment options here: http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/online-services.html
Payment can also be made by online banking.

Building/Development, Subdivision, & Vendors Licence Applications:

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

Building and 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).

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Clean up day postponed

April 27, 2021

SYDNEY, NS – The Great Cape Breton Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 1 will be postponed due to concerns around COVID-19 in the community and a prioritization on testing. 

Registration will remain open so residents can continue to sign up in advance of a date to be announced later.

There are already more than 300 registrants across the municipality and more can register to participate at www.cbrm.ns.ca/cleanup 

While stronger restrictions are in place, families are encouraged to get outdoors and do their own family-size clean up close to home.
Anyone who posts and hashtags #CBcleanup will be entered in the prize contest for the community clean up day. 


Transit Cape Breton Update

April 27, 2021

Route 11 Ashby and Route 12 Sydney River will end for the day at 3:00 pm due to driver shortage at Transit Cape Breton.

Residents can still access Sydney River via Route 5 to North Sydney every hour.


Council appoints new Chief of Police in CBRM

April 20, 2021 

SYDNEY, NS - Robert Walsh is the new Chief of Police for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality's Council approved the recommendation at a meeting on Tuesday evening following an internal competition process for the position.

Walsh was appointed Acting Chief in February of 2020, after the extended absence of Chief Peter McIsaac who had taken leave. McIsaac recently announced he would not be returning to the position. 

Walsh has 30 years of extensive policing experience on patrols, traffic services, street crime and drug enforcement, major crime investigations and emergency response. He has 12 years of senior leadership experience and served as Deputy Chief prior to his appointment as Acting Chief.  

"Robert Walsh has proven himself more than capable in this important leadership role," said Mayor Amanda McDougall. "This past year has been especially challenging for our front line police officers as we navigated the pandemic response.  He brought valuable insight and sound judgment to the table every step of the way." 

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Traffic Notice: Buckingham Drive closed on April 20

April 19, 2021

Buckingham Drive in Sydney will be closed on Tuesday, April 20 for road repair. Access is available for local traffic only. Transit Cape Breton Route 10 bus will be detoured turning left onto Moxham Drive and then right on Newlands Ave.

Great Cape Breton Clean Up - Saturday, May 1st - Register Now

 *** POSTPONED ***  Registration is still open and a new date will be set.

Join the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on May 1, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for the Fifth Annual* Great Cape Breton Clean Up.

This litter clean-up will take place in all communities across the CBRM.

We’re encouraging families, companies, organizations and all community members to come out and take part in keeping CBRM clean. We’d like to see as many people get involved in a BIG way, while challenging others to do the same.

Local CBRM Fire Departments will have gloves and bags for you. Register now!  REGISTRATION

Community Engagement Launched for Economic Development and Municipal Planning Strategy

April 9, 2021

SYDNEY, NS – The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and the Cape Breton Partnership are pleased to announce CBRM Forward, a new and collaborative approach to Economic Development and Municipal Planning.

CBRM Forward is a three phased, two year process. An Economic Development Strategy and Growth Management Strategy will be developed in the first phase, with the second phase providing an update to the Municipal Planning Strategy, and the third phase undertaking updates to enabling by-laws including the Land Use (Zoning) and Subdivision By-laws. 

This set of strategies presents an important opportunity to develop a unified vision for the future of the community. 

“A meaningful consultation and outreach and a really thoughtful process will be undertaken over a good time span of two years,” said Mayor Amanda McDougall. “I’m looking forward to the creative collaboration process and the outcomes that will come from it.” 

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April 6, 2021 

CBRM NOTICE: Council budget meetings originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 are rescheduled for April 27-29. 

TRANSIT CAPE BRETON NOTICE: The bus stop on the CBU campus located at the Canada Games Complex is now moved to the front of the Great Hall due the vaccination clinics. The bus stop will be at that location until further notice. 

Transit Route 8 detour on March 23

March 23, 2021

Transit Cape Breton Route 8 is not travelling along Gatacre Street today due to road work.  It is detouring along French Street.