A welcoming and hospitable people, Cape Bretoners come from many different backgrounds. From the proud Mi’kmaq nation, the first people of this land, to early immigrants from Scotland and France, to a more recent industrial wave of settlers from the Caribbean, Italy, Ukraine and beyond, Cape Breton is comprised of islanders from all over the world.
The links below will direct you to a variety of resources related to immigration and newcomer settlement in Cape Breton.
Immigration in Cape Breton: Important Facts
Compiled by the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership, this four-page document includes a number of important and interesting facts, figures, and statistics regarding immigration and Cape Breton Island. Click here for easy to find information on where newcomers in Cape Breton are settling, where they're coming from, what languages they speak, and more!
Immigration in Cape Breton: A Glossary of Common Terms
If you’re reading the news or having a conversation about immigration, there are a number of common terms that you might come across. To promote clear communication about immigration, the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership (CBLIP) has compiled the following list of common terms and their definitions.
Newcomer Conversations: A Check-In During COVID-19
In an effort to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on newcomers to Canada living in Cape Breton, the CBLIP consulted with newcomers through an online survey as well as an interactive, online event. In both instances, the aim was to learn more about how the time of COVID-19 is being experienced by newcomers and to explore supports that help – both during the pandemic and beyond – and to share the results with partner organizations to help inform their work.
The Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration
The Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration is dedicated to welcoming newcomers to Cape Breton Island. CBICI works to orient, support, connect, advocate on behalf of, and otherwise meet the needs of newcomers in service of their successful settlement in Cape Breton.
Nova Scotia Immigration
Official immigration website of the Government of Nova Scotia. Immigrants have helped make Nova Scotia a vibrant, dynamic society in which everyone can build their dreams.
Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship
Apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection, check the status of your application or find a form.
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
ISANS provides a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.
Rural-Urban Immigration Pilot Project
Cape Breton University worked on this project with Island-wide partners to assess the needs and current issues surrounding immigration to Cape Breton and encourage permanent settlement in our communities.
Welcome to Cape Breton
A portal website with information and links about moving, investing, studying and living on Cape Breton Island.
Destination Cape Breton
Where you want to embark on a wild adventure, delve into a cultural discovery, or take the road less traveled, larger than life experiences are just a step ahead. Visit the official Tourism site for Cape Breton Island.
Cape Breton University
Cape Breton University is nestled in the heart of Cape Breton Island in Sydney, Nova Scotia. As the second-largest city in Nova Scotia, it is said that Sydney is the best of both worlds, offering the amenities of a medium-sized, urban area with the safe and friendly atmosphere of a small town.