Municipality Profiles

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Full name: Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Geographic region: Cape Breton County


In 2011, Cape Breton (Regional municipality) had a population of 97,398, representing a percentage change of -4.7% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Cape Breton, RGM was 20.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working-age population (15 to 64) was 66.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.7%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14

Cape Breton Regional Municipality occupies a land area of 2,433.35 square kilometres with a population density of 40.0 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

97.2% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 1.5% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.

Election Notes

Method of Voting:  Electronic Voting (internet and telephone) and Paper Ballot 
Voter Turnout (2012): 55.92%
Offices to be elected: 

  • Mayor (elected at-large)
  • 12 Councillors (12 Districts) 

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $162,369,039 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $173,405,347 (2015 Actuals)
Conditional transfers from government: $2,272,473
Unconditional transfers from government: $15,930,930
Mayor’s salary: $108,667
Councillor’s salary: $39,264

School Boards

  • Cape Breton – Victoria Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale


  • Local transportation,
  • Public Works: Garbage and Recycling, Water Utility, Wastewater Treatment
  • Recreation
  • Public Safety

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