Economic Growth Plan 2016-2021

As the economic engine for the region, Halifax is a truly international city where people learn, work, easily start and grow a business, capitalize on ideas and live within a diverse, vibrant, sustainable community. But to meet this potential, we need a plan - a road map for the years ahead that embraces Halifax's challenges and opportunities. 

Halifax's Economic Growth Plan 2016-21

Halifax needs to grow.

We all know this. We also know that a prosperous future won’t simply be handed to us. Sustained growth is hard work, and achieving it will be hard-won. We must be driven to succeed, not quietly or passively, but with energy and intensity. We must work together, with shared goals and fresh thinking. Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan will help us do just that by laying out a plan of action that will see people, business, and government working together to achieve measurable results.

Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan will inform and shape municipal decision-making and activity over the next five years. It will guide the activities of the Halifax Partnership and other economic development agencies, and it will influence and align stakeholders to support Halifax’s economic growth. The success of this plan will depend on collaboration among individuals, businesses, and agencies.



EGP Framework


5 Year Strategic Goals:

Halifax’s Economic Growth Plan identifies four strategic goals that build upon our competitive advantages to accelerate population and economic growth over the next five years.


Promote Growth - Purple - smallPROMOTE & MAXIMIZE GROWTH:
Grow Halifax's GDP to $22.5 billion by 2021. This focuses on making it easier to do business in Halifax and capitalizing on our best economic opportunities. Learn more » 


Attract Talent - Purple - small ATTRACT & RETAIN TALENT:
Grow Halifax's labour force to 271,000 by 2021. This is aimed at holding on to immigrants, international students and recent graduates, and making the best use of our available workforce. Learn more »


Make Halifax Better - Purple - smallMAKE HALIFAX A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE & WORK:
Grow Halifax's population to 470,000 by 2021. This hones in on improving and showcasing our quality of life, both for its own sake and to attract residents, workers, and business to the city. Learn more »


Organize Economic Development Actions. This ensures that the city’s and province’s economic development organizations, policies, and programs are in alignment and moving in the same direction toward our shared economic goals for Halifax and
                    Nova Scotia. Learn more »