The Cape Breton Partnership is Cape Breton – Unama’ki’s private sector-led economic development organization, and administers economic development on behalf of The Municipality of the County of Victoria, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, The Municipality of the Counties of Inverness and Richmond, and the First Nation communities of We’koqma’q, Eskasoni, Membertou and Wagmatcook.
With staff located across the island, the Cape Breton Partnership focuses on three things; promoting our Island as a great place to live and invest; growing a culture that celebrates creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and connecting entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed. Right now, this is more important than ever to our business community across the island.
To protect the health and wellness of the Cape Breton Partnership’s employees, clients and community, offices are temporarily closed however employees are working from home, committed to understanding what our economy will look like into the future, and exploring how best to support businesses now and going forward.
With several new government programs being announced, we know there will be many questions about how to access this support. The Cape Breton Partnership will work with our local businesses to navigate the many unknowns, and provide guidance and assistance as information becomes available. In the meantime, there are number of helpful COVID-19 business resources available on the Cape Breton Partnership’s website - https://capebretonpartnership.com/covid-19-resources/ .
In addition, the Partnership is able to provide supports for business in a wide range of other areas including business advisory services, training, exporting, networking, immigration, investment attraction initiatives and more.
To learn more about the Cape Breton Partnership, check out:
Facebook: Cape Breton Partnership
Linked in: Cape Breton Partnership
As we continue to navigate the unknowns of COVID-19, the Cape Breton Partnership is working with all levels of government to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our businesses and economy.
With several new government programs announced, we know there will be many questions about how to access this support. We want you to know that the Cape Breton Partnership is here to help. We will work with you; our businesses, to navigate the many unknowns and provide guidance and assistance as more information becomes available.
We have also uploaded a number of helpful resources to a COVID-19 Resources for Business page on our website ( https://capebretonpartnership.com/covid-19-resources/ ) and are hosting Helping Businesses Respond During COVID-19, a webinar series on topics identified by our business community. You can register on our website. To date we have hosted sessions on accounting, innovative business models, legal issues, social media marketing, e-commerce and business continuity during COVID-19.
The impact of COVID-19 around the world has been unprecedented, and our main priority continues to be the health and wellness of our employees, clients and community. Our hope is that you are able to take the necessary precautions and focus on staying healthy and safe at this time.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.
Economic Development Officer – Victoria County
Office: 495 Chebucto Street, Baddeck
If you wish to donate money, Feed NS helps all Nova Scotia registered food banks. Their info is found here:https://www.feednovascotia.ca/donate/donate-money
You can also donate directly to Victoria County Food Banks. The funds will go directly to that organization.Simply click on the link to begin the donation process.
North of Smokey food bank (Ingonish, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=north+of+smokey+food+bank+ns
Helping Hands South of Smokey (Baddeck, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=helping%20hands%20south%20of%20smokey%20ns
Barra Food Bank Society (Iona, NS): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/charities/?q=iona%20food%20bank%20ns
The Victoria County Water Utility recognizes that access to a clean, safe water supply is very important to ensure personal health and maintain hygiene, and for the sanitation of health care facilities, businesses and households.• We are taking actions to protect the public, our employees while continuing to provide essential services to our customers during the pandemic.
To help our customers, we are making the following temporary adjustments:
Customers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation are asked please contact the Victoria County Water Utilities billing office at 902-295-3669 to discuss payment arrangements.
(FROM VICTORIA HIGHLAND CIVIC CENTRE TO THE OVERPASS)
With the COVID-19 restrictions on gathering and trail use, together with deteriorating conditions on the unfinished portion of trail, it has been decided to close the trail until the planned spring/summer work has been completed. In particular, the area around the brook is melting and the rain forecasted may make it unsuitable for use.
The Municipality of the County of Victoria is providing residents with STOP signs for their homes.
They can be found in grocery stores around the county.
Copies that you can print at home are available here: Resident Stop Signs
The meeting took place via teleconferencing. It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/8tN6t3KfinI
• Village of Baddeck Commissioner Bill Marchant spoke to council via teleconferencing from Vancouver to ask that the county support improvements to the Baddeck Community Wharf and waterfront in Baddeck. The proposal is from Develop Nova Scotia. Council agreed to fund $25,000 of the first phase, but did not commit to future support.
• Discussion took place during the Tax Update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic effects on tax collection. The Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and the NS Federation of Municipalities are looking for a province wide solution to help provide relief on property tax payments. Meetings are ongoing.
• Municipal operations continue with a skeleton staff. Both recycling centres remain closed to the public.
• There are a few issues for the provincial department of Transportation, Infrastructure & Renewal around the municipality, mostly due to the disappearing snow and the time of year: signs down along roads in Washabuct/Iona; a manhole collapsing in Ingonish and potholes on the main street in Baddeck.
• Councillors expressed concern for residents and businesses in the tourism and fishing industries while the Covid-19 shut-down continues.
• Council commends all residents and businesses for following the provincial orders and staying home and closing their business doors. It has not been easy, but for the common good of all.
• Council extends thanks to all frontline workers who are keeping things running while the rest of us are sheltering at home. It was moved and seconded that each councillor will purchase small denomination gift cards from Tim Hortons, to be distributed as a way of thanks.
• Another council session will take place April 20, 2020, via teleconferencing. Minutes will be posted the following day at https://www.victoriacounty.com/2020-council-minutes.html