There is no doubt that over the last 20 years the island of Cape Breton has been in serious decline in population, economically, spiritually and morally.

Many on the island have complex needs, with a mixture of poverty, insecure housing, addiction and unemployment or low wage jobs. 24.7% of families on Cape Breton are single families - that is higher that NS average 17.3% and higher than the Canadian average of 16.3%

Cape Breton Mayor Cecil Clarke says Cape Breton unemployment rate is now 17.5% well above provincial (9.1%) and nation rates (7.1%) and is pushing Cape Breton into a crisis.

According to the 2015 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia, 32.4% of Cape Breton children are living in poverty. 1 in 3 children on the island are living in poverty according to the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives. Nationally it is 19%.

Info Cafe (Advice Center)

INFO CAFE - Everyone Welcome!!

Every Tuesday 9am - 12 (noon) @ Faith Baptist Church

As a church the Lord calls us to reach out and help meet the complex needs of our local community. As a result we have developed "Info Cafe," a one stop advice center. 

It is based on a triage system of assessing initial needs and requests and referring the clients on to the main base of operations of different providers within the Sydney area.

So far we have secured advisers from:

Debt Counselling - Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada

Employment - YMCA Works and Employment Services

Legal Issues - Legal Aid Center

Housing - Housing First

There is also computer / internet access to look at job sites and do research. An Information display with information on different local providers. Free Refreshments and a one meal food bag - All FREE.