Reports


Food For Thought: The Path Forward for Cape Breton’s Food Sector

The purpose of this strategy is to outline the challenges facing local food businesses and the entire sector, and to identify the opportunities and potential solutions that will allow them to grow. In a world of rapidly-evolving food technologies and trends, Cape Breton food businesses must keep pace in order to stay relevant and in an effort to ensure their businesses are viable.

Based on consultations with producers, industry stakeholders and on the results of the Food Hub’s consumer survey, this strategy concludes with four key recommendations to grow the local food sector.

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.


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.


Retail Market Analysis – Cape Breton Regional Municipality

This study determines what new retail business and investment opportunities exist in the CBRM’s retail areas. The document includes a thorough review of the CBRM’s current retail inventory centred on the largest community of Sydney, and then estimates the realistic retail trade areas of Sydney and other retail nodes in the CBRM including Sydney River, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, Glace Bay, New Waterford, and Louisbourg.  It then provides a retail expenditure profile across various retail categories/store types to indicate retail inflow/outflow and opportunities that retail areas could potentially pursue.

This study was carried out over the period of January to April 2020, with a data update and additional on-the-ground fieldwork conducted in February and March 2021 to refresh expenditure data with 2019 data releases from Manifold Data Mining Inc, and to conduct and include a new Retail Market Assessment for the town of Louisbourg.

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.

Retail Market Assessment  – Louisbourg, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. was commissioned by the Cape Breton Partnership and Develop Nova Scotia to prepare a Retail Market Assessment for the town of Louisbourg. The study was carried out over the period of January to March 2021.

The objective of this study is to thoroughly quantify and document Louisbourg’s resident and visitor retail markets and estimate the potential retail opportunity in the community for attracting and retaining spending and businesses, especially in light of planned improvements to Louisbourg’s waterfront experience in partnership with the CBRM and DevelopNS.


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.