The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM)

256px-cape_breton_regional_municipality_welcome_signThe CBRM is the largest economic and population center on Cape Breton Island. It consists of the former city of Sydney, as well as the former towns of Glace Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, and Louisbourg, along with the remainder of the former county of Cape Breton. Our community is home to approximately 97,000 (2011 census) people and 2,500 businesses. There are many ports, tourist attractions, and business opportunities in the area.



cape-breton-mapCape Breton Island is strategically located on Canada’s east coast. It offers quick access to markets in central Canada, the United States and Europe. It is an island of opportunity in northeastern Nova Scotia where a new and exciting image is emerging – one that builds on a skilled and dedicated workforce, a fabulous quality of life, creativity and innovation.


The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport lies just 20 minutes from the Sydney downtown business district and within easy driving distance to other key areas of Cape Breton Island. The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is crucial to the Island’s economy, both as a conduit to the world and as a route into our economy.



The J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport is located on major air routes serving Atlantic Canada as well as the oceanic air routes. The airport has two asphalt runways: Runway 07/25 is 7070′ x 200′ and is equipped with an Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Non-precision Runway 01/19 – 6000′ x 150′. Because of location, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport is used as a flight planned alternate for flights traveling between points in Atlantic Canada and flights traveling overseas.

Our Future Looks Bright

Steel production and coal mining, which were the backbone of the CBRM economy for over a hundred year’s were closed down at the beginning of the century. These industries are now being supplemented on a variety of fronts with interest in offshore deep water petroleum resource exploration, the potential of renewable energy sources through the Maritime Link hydro project, the establishment of wind energy farms, and the opportunity to redevelop and repurpose the ample supply of industrial lands around the newly dredged (17 meters) Sydney Harbor to service the recently signed Canada European free trade agreement and other international markets. The CBRM also boasts a regional airport with daily direct service to Toronto connecting our business community to the global marketplace.

The region also boasts a significant information technology sector, which is comprised of leading international companies and small and medium-sized local businesses with high speed network access to the global economy. A vibrant and growing cruise ship tourism industry has developed in the last decade to showplace the many tourist attractions and beautiful scenery existing within the CBRM

In addition to a modern university (Cape Breton University) and a growing Community College (NSCC-Marconi Campus), the region also offers a full range of professional services, four industrial parks, numerous port facilities, efficient highway and rail infrastructure, a highly skilled labour force, and a municipal government intent on making CBRM the most business friendly municipality in Atlantic Canada.

Planning a visit to our beautiful island?  Please visit Destination Cape Breton or call 1-902-563-4636 for more information about accommodations and local events.


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