Halifax Index

What is the Halifax Index?

The Halifax Index is a definitive look at Halifax's economic and community progress. It tells our city’s story – the strength of our economy, the health of our community, and the sustainability of our environment – and provides insights for actions that will strengthen and grow our city. 

The Halifax Index and the Halifax Economic Growth Plan 2016-21 are closely linked. The Index serves as the city's report card on our progress toward the goals set out in the Growth Plan.

The Index's sections reflect a wide-angled view of what economic and community progress looks like. It primarily benchmarks Halifax’s progress against six other cities (St. John’s, Quebec City, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (KCW), London, Regina and Victoria), showing how Halifax’s growth compares to other cities across a range of key indicators and what's required to achieve better results. (Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo has been recently added to the list given both its size and the fact that, like Halifax, it has a vibrant and growing technology sector.) 

The 2017 Index contains its four traditional sections — People, Economy, Quality of Place, Sustainability, as well as the now standard Rural Analysis, and two special topics — "The Need for Immigration" and "Halifax’s Commercial Tax System".

Download the 2017 Halifax Index

The 2017 Halifax Index tracks our city's progress towards many different indicators and includes the now standard, Rural Analysis.

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The Halifax Index 2017 (PDF)

The Halifax Index Workbook (.xlsx)




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