Special Analysis: Halifax's Commercial Tax System

Authored by Paul Jacob, Economist, Halifax Partnership

Over the past few years, businesses and business advocates – including the Partnership – have identified several issues with our commercial tax system. To address these issues, the Municipality has sought an expanded suite of commercial tax powers. While caution is advisable in implementing new powers, they present a few possible approaches to address the economic concerns expressed by the business community. Like other major cities across Canada, Halifax is just beginning to experiment with a greater array of tax powers.

If you have no idea what this means for the economy, you’re not alone. To help understand what was changed and what this means for the city, the Halifax Index takes a deep dive into our commercial tax system and whether Halifax can afford to take a greater role in its economic future.

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