Community & Support


Nova Scotia 211 is your 24/7 connection to the programs and services in your community that matter most to you. Through information and referrals, they help connect you to local community groups, non-profit and government organizations. Help starts here with 211. To access, simply dial 2-1-1 from your phone.

Their navigators are trained to deal with the most complex and sensitive questions. As a result of your call, they can help connect you, a family member, a friend, neighbour, or a client with organizations able to meet your needs. The 211 service is free and confidential. So, whether you want to talk, text, email or use our online search tool, they are there to help. In addition, they also use a translation service that is available in over 140 languages.

Shelters and Support Services

  • Cape Breton Transition House serves CBRM and Victoria County
    • 24 Hour Help Line: (902) 539-2945 | Toll Free: 1-800-563-2945
  • Leeside Transition House – Port Hawkesbury serves Richmond and Inverness Counties and the Town of Port Hawkesbury.
    • 24 Hour Help Line: (902) 625-2444 | Toll Free: 1-800-565-3390
    • Free and confidential crisis support, information and referrals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Cape Breton Community Housing Association provides safe emergency shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness in CBRM. The Community Homeless Shelter is also a stepping stone into further supports offered by Cape Breton Community Housing Association’s Homelessness Programs.
  • Ally Centre of Cape Breton works to prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens in the community and to create a supportive environment for those infected and/or affected by blood borne pathogens.
  • Hope House is a live-in recovery home for women seeking healing from addictions, located in Cape Breton, NS.

Community Kitchens & Food Banks

A number of organizations throughout the Island provide food banks and/or similar services where they collect and distribute foods to residents in need. The following is a list of many of these organizations, but we recommend reaching out locally to the community you are in (or moving to) to inquire about other organizations.

2SLGBTQ+ Resources and Supports

A number of organizations/groups are active across Cape Breton – Unama’ki that provide and offer tools for those looking to connect with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Some of those groups include:

Faith-Based Organizations

Cape Breton – Unama’ki is home to several faith-based organizations with a vast number of locations in just about every community across the Island. You can find a substantial list of these locations on our Newcomer Service Map.

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Last Modified: May 3, 2024