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July 2, 2021

Cape Breton Healthcare Groups Launch Cape Breton Landlord Housing List to Help Newcomer Healthcare Professionals Find Housing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Cape Breton Island, NS – The Cape Breton Partnership, together with Cape Breton South Recruiting for Health (CBSRH) and the recently formed Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Community Health Recruitment & Retention Committee have created an electronic mailing list for landlords to subscribe to, and support the attraction, recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals in Cape Breton – Unama’ki. Landlords, real estate agents and others with properties to offer are encouraged to sign-up to be contacted when a Healthcare Navigator is seeking housing for a healthcare professional.

“This is the first collaboration between the two committees, and is an important tool for Healthcare Navigators to have the ability to access when attracting new healthcare workers to beautiful Cape Breton – Unama’ki,” said Trevor Boudreau, Co-Chair of the CBSRH “This tool will allow us to connect with landlords, and will also help ensure that the healthcare professional’s criteria aligns with the accommodations available.”

Landlords, real estate agents and others with accommodations available are invited to sign-up and subscribe to the list. When a Healthcare Navigator is looking for accommodations, they will reach out to the mailing list to help find housing solutions for the professional they are looking to recruit. The private and confidential list will only be accessed by Healthcare Navigators and will assist in their recruitment efforts by identifying temporary and long-term housing solutions for essential healthcare professionals that they are working to bring to the Island.

“A high demand for housing, with a limited availability continues to be a barrier to the attraction and retention of healthcare professionals on the Island. We are hoping this initiative will be a step in the right direction in addressing this barrier and help retain professionals for the long-term,” said Bryan Pratt, a member of the CBRM Community Health Recruitment & Retention Committee.

Landlords, real estate agents or others who have accommodations available for professionals are encouraged to subscribe to the mailing list. All information will be kept private and confidential and will only be used as a resource for Healthcare Navigators who are seeking housing for healthcare professionals to relocate to Cape Breton – Unama’ki.

Participation in this initiative is important and will help in the efforts to attract and retain healthcare staff for the entire island. Anyone interested in joining the Cape Breton Housing mailing list can visit https://bit.ly/CB-Healthcare-Housing to sign up.

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Media Contacts:

Mark Inglis
Director, Communications
Cape Breton Partnership
902.562.0122 
mark@capebretonpartnership.com

Maggie MacDonald
Cape Breton South Recruiting for Health
902.615.3670
mmacdonald@capebretonrecruiting.com

About Cape Breton South Recruiting for Health
CBSRH is a partnership of the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the Municipality of Richmond County, along with representatives from the Strait Richmond Hospital, Dr. Kingston Memorial Community Health Center, St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Center, Strait Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Breton Partnership, and other partners. The group was established in January 2020 to take a regional approach focused on building on the strengths of local communities and providing a more collaborative environment to attract physicians and other healthcare professionals.

About CBRM Community Health Recruitment & Retention
The CBRM Community Healthcare Committee is a partnership between the Cape Breton Partnership, the CBRM, Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and others to support efforts in attracting and retaining healthcare professionals to the CBRM. The committee connects prospective healthcare professionals to all required resources to ensure their success and satisfaction in the CBRM by promoting it as a great place to live, work and invest. The CBRM Healthcare Recruitment & Retention Navigator is employed by the Cape Breton Partnership, and carries out the work of the committee.

About the Cape Breton Partnership
The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization that supports companies and entrepreneurs by promoting our island as a great place to live and invest; growing a culture that values and celebrates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed.

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