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Population & demographics

Total population


Population age (%)

0-19 (17%)20-34 (22%)35-49 (16%)50-64 (21%)65+ (24%)


Average household income


Household composition (%)

Single person (41%)Multi person (8%)Single Family (51%)

Owners / Renters (%)

Owners (53%)Renters (47%)

Mother Tongue (%)

English (90%)Others (3%)Punjabi (Panjabi) (2%)Malayalam (2%)Mandarin (1%)

Sydney Review


Car Friendly


Good access to freeways and major arteries, with a large amount of parking nearby

Pedestrian Friendly


Few day-to-day needs are within walking distance

Shopping, Food and Nightlife



Few or no cafés within walking distance



At least one grocery store within a 30-minute walk



Few or no bars within walking distance



Some shops within walking distance



Some restaurants within walking distance

Greenery & Character



Few sources of noise nearby



Quiet atmosphere at all hours

Why live in Sydney?

Sydney is a hidden gem of Nova Scotia. Situated on Cape Breton Island, this oceanside oasis has so much to offer. It’s no wonder that a Leger survey revealed it to be in the top ten Most Liveable Places in Canada in 2021.

Quality and diversity of education in Sydney

Sydney has quality educational opportunities to suit everyone from school-aged children to university students to adults. The area is served by the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education, which is responsible for the operation of elementary and secondary schools across Cape Breton Island. Some of the main public schools in Sydney are Cusack Elementary School, Shipyard Elementary School, Brookland Elementary School, Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High, Sydney Adult High School, and more. Meanwhile, when it comes to post-secondary options, residents are in close proximity to Cape Breton University, a public university and the only university on Cape Breton Island. However, Sydney is also home to the CBBC Career College and the Canadian Coast Guard College.

Most populous cities in Sydney

Some of the most populous neighbourhoods in Sydney are Ashby, the Southend, the Northend, Hardwood Hill, Shipyard, the Sydney Waterfront District, Boldwood, Membertou, Sydney River, Westmount, Coxheath, and Mira Road.

Quality of infrastructure for Sydney

Sydney has its own regional airport, the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport. Locals can fly within Nova Scotia and to other Canadian provinces via this airport. Both Air Canada and WestJet operate here, though the latter’s operation is only seasonal. For international travel, Sydney residents will need to connect via Halifax Stanfield International Airport, which is roughly four hours by car from Sydney. There is no direct train service into Sydney, though there are Via Rail stations in Amherst, Truro, and Halifax. Maritime Bus has a station in North Sydney, for those looking to travel within or outside the province via bus. Transit Cape Breton is the public transportation system that services Sydney, and it has bus routes running all through Sydney. When it comes to healthcare, residents can receive medical attention at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, the largest on the island.

Safety and security for Sydney

Sydney’s crime rate is low across the board, including both the property crime rate and the violent crime rate. The Cape Breton Regional Police Service operates in this area. If you are ever in an emergency, calling 9-1-1 is your best option.

Sydney property market

As one of the most desirable places to live in Nova Scotia, the Sydney property market is bustling. Plus, it boasts a wide variety of homes to suit all types of residents, from young families and students to seniors, and more. House hunting in Sydney will reveal condos, apartments, townhomes, detached homes, semi-detached homes, bungalows, as well as all kinds of waterfront cottages and seasonal properties.

Standard of living in Sydney

The standard of living in Sydney is extremely high, frequently being ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in Canada. It boasts a booming real estate market, a thriving economy, top-notch education and healthcare systems, and natural scenery that is as beautiful as can be.

Something wonderful about Sydney

Sydney, Nova Scotia has a fascinating history. The city was officially founded by the British in 1785, though it wasn’t incorporated until 1904. From its founding in 1785 until 1820, Sydney was the colony capital of Cape Breton Island. It was in 1820 that the colony merged with the rest of Nova Scotia, and Halifax became the new capital. But this wasn’t the end of Sydney’s historical importance. In the early 20th century, the area became home to one of the largest steel mills in North America. It remained so during World War I and World War II. However, following the Second World War, there was a major decline in steel production to the point that the Canadian federal government, combined with the provincial Government of Nova Scotia had to nationalize the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation (the largest employer in the region) in order to save it. After being nationalized in 1967, it became known as the Sydney Steel Corporation.