Quick Facts
Province: Nova Scotia (capital city)          
Population: 380,000

In 1749, British settlers established Halifax as Canada’s first town. Over the past 250 years this picturesque fishing village has evolved into a sophisticated gateway city that plays host to welcoming the world to Eastern Canada. Today, Halifax is a major port city and a regional business hub and growth engine for the province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Canadian Region, thanks to its critical mass of business and transportation services.

Key Advantages

  • Highly diversified economy generated $12,550 Million in GDP in 2008
  • World leader in the financial services sector
  • New frontier for energy opportunities make this growing city the economic center for Canada’s east coast, representing 20% of all economic activity in Atlantic Canada
  • Member of the World Energy Cities Program and has committed $1.5 to exploration of the 40 trillion cubic feet of estimated natural gas reserves
  • Prime location for exporting goods—closer to Europe than any other east coast port and a full day closer to Southeast Asia than any other North American east coast port
  • Foreign investors are sold on globally competitive business costs, strong telecommunications infrastructure and advanced R&D facilities
  • One of the best educated workforces in the country with 67% of the working age population processing a university degree a non-university trades certificate or diploma
  • Leader in going “Green”—Halifax’s recycling program began back in 1990, and diverts over 26,000 metric tonnes of waste from landfills every year
  • Home of the world-class Brain Repair Centre
  • Site of 44% of all of Canada’s military assets
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport received over 3.5 million travellers in 2008 accounting for over half of the air passenger traffic through the Atlantic Canada Region and contributing $1.2 billion to the provincial economy
  • Affordable city providing all the amenities of a modern metropolis, without the high costs of living

Sector Strengths

  • Financial Services
  • Aerospace/ Advanced Manufacturing
  • Nearshore Outsourcing
  • Education
  • Energy
  • ICT
  • Life Sciences/Biotechnology
  • Transportation/Logistics

Look Who’s Doing Business in Halifax

  • CGI
  • Convergys
  • General Dynamics
  • Encana
  • ExxonMobil
  • Halifax Shipyard (Irving)
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Keane Canada
  • L3
  • Citco
  • Pratt and Whitney
  • Research in Motion
  • Flagstone
  • xwave
  • Xerox
  • Butterfield
  • Fast Freight