Reports


Barriers to Indigenous Female Entrepreneurs in Cape Breton – Unama’ki & Enhancing Entrepreneurial Supports for Women Living and Working in Cape Breton

In 2018, the Cape Breton Partnership undertook two research studies regarding women in entrepreneurship in Cape Breton and the barriers to success they face. One study looked at the female population at large in Cape Breton – Unama’ki, and one focused specifically on Indigenous female entrepreneurs in Cape Breton – Unama’ki.

In partnership with Status of Women Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia, extensive research was conducted across the island, culminating in the two reports, Barriers to Indigenous Female Entrepreneurs in Cape Breton – Unama’ki & Enhancing Entrepreneurial Supports for Women Living and Working in Cape Breton.

The culture of female entrepreneurship in Cape Breton has renewed life and mobilization. There is demand from this subsection of the population to be seen and heard and our hope is that these research studies will support changes that will reduce or remove barriers to improve the entrepreneurship experience for females on Cape Breton – Unama’ki.


Seasonal (Industry) Housing Study – Cape Breton Island

The Cape Breton Partnership commissioned A Study of the Housing Needs to Support the Growth and Sustainability of Seasonal Industries in Cape Breton (“the seasonal housing study”) in order to develop an understanding of the impacts that the lack of accommodations in the region is having on various operators and industries. The report outlines findings from significant amounts of primary and secondary research to provide a detailed view of the current state in the region. It also provides recommendations in a number of areas to mitigate the impacts of the housing shortage and outlines potential housing solutions for future implementation.


Retail Market Analysis – Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. was commissioned by the National Trust for Canada to conduct a Retail Market Analysis for Downtown Sydney and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality . The study was carried out over the period of January to April 2020.

The objective of this study is to determine new retail business and
investment opportunities in the CBRM’s retail areas. This is firstly achieved by thoroughly documenting Downtown Sydney and the CBRM’s current retail inventory. The next step estimates the realistic retail Trade Areas for Sydney and other retail areas (Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay, New Waterford) serve and the retail expenditure profile across various retail categories/store types as an indication of retail inflow/outflow and opportunities therein that retail areas could potentially pursue. The end result is to fill gaps and bolster the local retail market by retaining or attracting greater market share of resident and visitor spending in the community.

Downtown Sydney Retail Market & Positioning Strategy

Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. was commissioned by the National Trust for Canada to conduct a Retail Market Analysis for Downtown Sydney and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The study was carried out over the period of January to April 2020.

The objective of this study is to thoroughly document Downtown Sydney’s current retail inventory. The next step estimates the realistic Retail Trade Areas that Downtown Sydney and other Sydney retail areas serve and the retail expenditure profile across various retail categories/store types as an indication of retail inflow/outflow and opportunities therein that retail areas could potentially pursue. The end result is to fill gaps and bolster the local retail market by retaining or attracting greater market share of resident and visitor spending in the community.


Cape Breton Mountain Bike Tourism Action Plan

Mountain Biking is a lifestyle, sport, and healthy outlet. Mountain Biking is growing into a cornerstone of major economic growth in regions that are leveraging it properly. Communities all over the world are seeing economic and community revival, quality of health on the rise, and the influx of new faces bringing tourism dollars and a desire for quality experiences. Clustered communities featuring well-engineered Mountain Bike experiences will keep tourists and locals exploring, thus spreading their spending throughout the region.

In recognition of this, the Cape Breton Partnership, Municipality of the County of Victoria, and Destination Cape Breton engaged Shoreline Consulting Group to develop an action plan to attract a new tourism industry to Cape Breton based around mountain biking while designating Victoria County and Cape Breton Island as the Mountain Biking Capital of North America.