The Chamber’s origins date back to 1911, when it was incorporated as the Sydney Board of Trade with a membership of 38. The unified communities of Glace Bay, New Waterford, Dominion, Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, and Louisbourg, provided a strong voice for Cape Breton professionals going forward.
In 2002, the Industrial Cape Breton Board of Trade became the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce in order to modernize our image and bring the organization in line with other business organizations in North America.
The Chamber has played a significant role in a number of initiatives across Cape Breton Island: From eliminating long-distance telephone charges to the construction of the Canso Causeway, the Chamber has practised advocacy through a variety of projects. The Chamber also led the charge in implementing the Cape Breton Tourist Association, now known as Destination Cape Breton and was also the lead proponent of the “Think Cape Breton First” campaign. The Chamber continues to encourage local consumerism and act as a link between businesses and their community.
In 2018, the Chamber renamed itself the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, to encompass the region in its entirety, and embarked on a four-year strategic plan which included a rebranding. You will find the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 275 Charlotte Street in Downtown Sydney, but the organization represents all areas of the CBRM. The Chamber staff works hard to ensure that the business community is adequately represented and we endorse positive growth in small and large business.
The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private-sector led, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. We aspire to be a catalyst for business growth by listening to and advocating for our members’ needs. This means creating a strong business community through collaboration, networking, advocacy, and education.
We hope that this will make the CBRM a place where businesses not only want, but need to be, and where people want to live, work, and visit.