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Industry Sectors

Nova Scotia, Canada is a hotbed of business brilliance in key sectors that are driving the world’s economy.



  • Halifax has the highest concentration of oceans-related PhDs in the world
  • Halifax is home to world-renowned ocean-related research institutions including Canada’s largest – The Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) – the country’s first major centre devoted to oceanography which brings together some over 600 scientists, engineers, technicians, contractors and staff working in a range of disciplines
  • The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) will deliver advanced research that will inform public policy, build synergies with industry partners, and draw world attention to this sector.
  • Dalhousie University is home to more than 100 researchers focusing on oceans and ocean technology.
  • The NRC-Institute for Marine Biosciences is home to the Industry Partnership Facility based in Halifax, Nova Scotia exploring the commercial potential of technologies in marine biosciences and life sciences.
  • Check out Port of Halifax’s Economic Impact Infographic

Click here for more information about Nova Scotia’s Ocean sector.


Life Sciences

  • Highest number of Neuroscientists per capita in Canada.
  • Home to the Brain Repair Centre, internationally renowned for Parkinson’s treatment
  • Life Science Research Institute (LSRI), a research and business incubator
  • Over 70 companies – from medical devices to biopharmaceuticals


Aerospace & Defense

  • More than 30% of Canada’s top defense companies are in Nova Scotia contributing more than $600 million in annual revenues and more than 6,000 jobs
  • DND contributes $1 billion in annual revenues and more than 10,000 jobs.
  • Halifax is home to:
    • Canada’s largest shipyard (Irving Shipyard)
    • One of Canada’s largest privately held military defense contractor (IMP Aerospace & Defense)

Click here for more information about Nova Scotia’s Aerospace & Defense sector.


Finance & Insurance

  • Halifax has one of the highest concentrations of insurance industry firms and employment among urban centres across Canada
  • Halifax is home to some of the largest companies in the world: Citco Fund Services, Butterfield Fulcrum (Bermuda), Marsh (New York), Royal Sun Alliance (RSA), Admiral Insurance (UK), Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings Limited (Bermuda)

Click here for more information about Nova Scotia’s Financial Services sector



  • Halifax is home to 7 degree granting universities and 3 community college campuses, serving over 40,000 students annually
  • Nova Scotia has one of the most educated workforces in the country, with over 62% of the population having some post-secondary education
  • Nova Scotia has a total of 10 universities and 13 community colleges

Click here for more information about Nova Scotia’s Education and Workforce sector.



Nova Scotia – A Hotbed of Business Brilliance.

A successful business events industry attracts investment, and investment attracts more business events. Learn why the Nova Centre is a ‘smart’ investment for a ‘smart city’ that is investing in attracting corporate ‘players’ in key sectors such as biomagnetic research, security, offshore gas, oceanography, and shipbuilding (to name just a few).

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