Much of Cape Breton – Mulgrave’s future economic growth will be the result of further leveraging, modernizing, and promoting some of the traditional industries and sectors in which it has some inherent long-term sustainable competitive advantages.
What has been created are seventeen sector teams made up of partners in the private sector and chamber of commerce, municipalities, First Nations, educational institutions, provincial departments and agencies, as well as the federal government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Eleven teams represent industry sectors of the economy. Six other teams have taken on work associated with economic development priorities.
INDUSTRY SECTOR TEAMS
Advanced Manufacturing includes the development and/or adoption of innovative technologies that demonstrate a commitment to product, process, and technological innovation. Advanced manufacturers can be found across all manufacturing industries and sectors. The Advanced Manufacturing Team will advance and champion collaborative approaches to promoting the development of an Advanced Manufacturing sector in Cape Breton.
Cape Breton is home to a variety of farm production activities from beef and dairy farming to honey harvesting and floriculture production. Nova Scotia has nearly 4000 farms and approximately 10,000 jobs are linked to the agriculture and the agri-food and beverage sector. Modern transportation, technology, and infrastructure has changed the production levels and increased the ability to import and export a variety of products across the world. In 2015, Nova Scotia exported farm products to 62 countries.
Cape Breton diverse range of agri-business sector has made strong developments in the last number of years and have strong support from industry organizations and government regulators. Our region provides an excellent field for agriculture investment because it has the ideal mix of agriculture product diversity and quality, advanced sector innovation, and growth capacity.
The Culture Sector Team is the largest of all industry sector teams within the Prosperity Framework, with over 100 members from over 50 organizations from across Cape Breton. With such a large membership, it was decided that a Leadership team would be developed to head the sector team in order to efficiently oversee and manage the goals of the entire sector team. Carol Beaton, CEO of Carnat Consulting, and Catherine Arseneau, Director of Cultural Resources at Cape Breton University’s Beaton Institute, are co-chairs of the Culture sector team.
Cape Breton Island and Mulgrave: where social, economic, and civic bodies work in harmony to foster a strong and vibrant Culture Sector, which is recognized as a key determinant of sustainable communities.
- Forging innovative alliances with a variety of partners.
- Develop and promote entrepreneurial opportunities within the culture sector.
- Contribute to the preparation of an overall Culture Strategy for the province of Nova Scotia.
- Ensure culture is at the heart of a share vision of prosperity for all of Cape Breton and Mulgrave.
Clean Technology is an emerging area of economic activity across Canada. There can be two specific streams to consider when discussing the advancement of the sector, the first is any product, process or services designed with a primary purpose of contributing to remediation of preventing any type of environmental damage. The second stream is related to a product, process, or service that is less polluting or more resource-efficient than similar products used for the same purpose.
ENVIRONMENT & ENGINEERING
The Environmental and Engineering sector team is another of the Prosperity Framework’s most productive and successful sector teams to date. With the remediation work completed on the former Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens cleanup project, attention has been turned to marketing the acquired our local knowledge and skills around the world. A video, Cape Breton Alchemy, documents and celebrates the accomplishment of the Environment and Engineering sector and provides a useful marketing toll in presentations to global partners. The video has been translated into five different languages and has been uploaded to Youkku.com, China’s version of YouTube.
The Digital Sector is a vital and ever-changing component of the global economy. The digital sector changes from week-to-week as new devices, apps, platforms, and technology are invented and released. Our economy is digital now and the impact has influenced every modern industry sector in the Western World. The Digital Sector provides economic growth and employment opportunities related to e-commerce, e-business, and other supporting infrastructure. There are currently over 23,000 Nova Scotians employed in a career in or related to the digital industry. Nova Scotia’s Digital/ICT industry accounts for 8.2% of the province’s business output. Our region offers immense local talent that will further advance the industry, as well as superior infrastructure that allows Nova Scotia to be a top competitor in the global marketplace.
Cape Breton’s ideal location in Nova Scotia on Canada’s eastern coast make it an ideal service hub for ocean related industries off shore development, transportation to North American, European, and South American markers, and innovative research, science and energy initiatives. Customized oceans training and education programs prepared a skilled workforce, while extensive services and supplies are ready to support ocean related operations.
Read the Oceans’ Sector Team Brochure.
SEAFOOD & AQUACULTURE
There are 63 species landed in Cape Breton by the commercial fishery and the top three species are snow crab, lobster, and shrimp, which account for 88% of the volume and 95% of the landed value. There are 120 aquaculture sites in Cape Breton, of which 110 are shellfish operations. There are five marine-based finfish operations, two land-based finfish operations, and three hatcheries. There are at least 11 active processing facilities in Cape Breton and these facilities are on average larger than others in Nova Scotia and they process a significantly large share of product volume and value.
The estimated total value of Cape Breton Seafood exports is about $342 million. Cape Breton seafood exports represent 6.2% of all industries exports from Nova Scotia, meaning 1 out of every 16 dollars brought into the province from international markets is the result of Cape Breton seafood operations.
A Social Enterprise aims to achieve social, cultural, or environmental aims through the sale of goods and services. Focused on community impact, a Social Enterprise ensures that the majority of profits are also reinvested in the community. Instead of a traditional corporate structure, a Social Enterprise puts immense value on community awareness, education, and growth. Social Enterprise is a structure created to build social value in a marketplace that contributes towards the creation and sustainability of healthy communities.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PRIORITY TEAMS:
- Business Retention & Expansion
- Investment Readiness
- Major Projects
- Workforce Development