Cape Breton

Sydney (Cape Breton), NS
Sydney(Cape Breton), Nova Scotia on a map
  • Population: 94,285 (2016)
  • Minimum Wage: $10.85/hr (2017)
  • Total Number of Shelters: 2 (2016)
  • Total Number of Beds: 17 (2016)
  • Unemployment rate: 15.5% (September- October 2017)

 

Population Facts

HOMELESSNESS

As per 2016 Cape Breton Regional Municipality PiT count (n=137), estimated number:

  • Unsheltered: 24 (18%) (2016)
  • Emergency sheltered (including domestic violence shelters): 30 (22%) (2016)
  • In transitional housing: 17 (12%) (2016)
  • In institutional care (addiction treatment etc.): 36 (26%) (2016)
  • Staying at someone else's place: 30 (22%) (2016)

As per 2016 Cape Breton Regional Municipality Service-Based Count (n=279), estimated number:

  • Unsheltered:10 (4%) (2016)
  • Emergency sheltered (including domestic violence shelters): 72 (26%) (2016)
  • In transitional housing: 25 (9%)(2016)
  • In institutional care (addiction treatment etc.): 88 (31%) (2016)
  • Staying at someone else's place: 84 (30%) (2016)

HOUSING

  • 1-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 7.8% (2016)
  • 2-bedroom Vacancy Rate: 5.5% (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (bachelor): $562/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (1 bdrm): $612/mo. (2016)
  • Average Cost of Rent (2 bdrm): $739/mo. (2016)No. of households in core housing need: 5,580 (2011)
  • Total percentage of households in core housing need: 14.0% (2011)
  • Public housing units (#): 3,254 (2017)
  • Number of people housed in public housing: 5,200 (2017)

 INDIGENOUS DATA

  • Percentage of Aboriginal households in core housing need: 22.1 % (2011)

 SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

  • Income Assistance for renter or home-owner (single person/mo.): $575 (2017)
  • On CB Island Housing Authority waitlist: approx. 612 (June 2017)