Economy & Sectors

Projected to have the second fastest growing economy in Canada, Halifax is the vibrant, prosperous capital of the East Coast.

For more information on Halifax's economy and progress to date, download the 2016 Halifax Index.

Industry Sectors

Halifax has one of the most diverse economies in Canada with a number of strong industries. It's home to the headquarters of some of Canada's largest and most profitable corporations covering a broad range of sectors, as well as most Atlantic Canadian headquarters for national and international companies like Canada's "Big 5" banks. 


“Canada’s Ocean City” 

It’s no surprise Halifax is a world leader in the oceans sector with its strategic location on North America’s east coast, the focus of its universities and community college, and the depth of its science –based workforce. Our Oceans sector includes providers engaged in oceans technology, fisheries and aquaculture, life sciences, shipbuilding, and ocean observation, as well as marine-centric defence and security, transportation, life sciences and energy.

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ICT, Gaming and Interactive Media

With companies like Lixar, CGI, Citco, and DHX Media, our diverse Information Communication and Gaming and Interactive Media sector includes more than 600 companies and provides employment for approximately  23,000 people in Nova Scotia.

ICT, Gaming, and Interactive Media »

Financial Services 

Halifax is home to the regional headquarters of Canada’s largest banks and has over 2,000 firms in the finance, insurance and real estate sector – employing 16,000 people.

Financial Services »  

Transportation and Logistics 

The heart of Atlantic Canada’s Gateway, Halifax is the trans-load hub for imports destined to the Midwest and Central Canada.

The Halifax Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Port of Halifax, two post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.

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Have Questions?


Nancy Phillips
Vice President, Investment, Trade & International Partnerships
Executive Director, Halifax Gateway Council

Toll free: 1.800.565.1191

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