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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 is an international centre of excellence in ocean science and has one of the highest concentrations of oceans-related PhD’s in the world.
  • Halifax is home to Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, an industry-led partnership with Government, small-to-large sized companies, and innovators from across ocean sectors who are committed to collaborative research and development driving economic growth.
  • 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.
  • 300+ companies doing oceans-sector business in Nova Scotia.
  • Check out Port of Halifax’s Economic Impact Infographic

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


Life Sciences

  • Halifax is a regional health and life sciences centre for excellence with major research centres, leading hospitals and health science centres, a vibrant post-secondary sector that supports R&D, commercialization, and a thriving industry.
  • 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.
  • 100+ 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

  • With one of the largest concentrations of financial services companies in Canada, Halifax is the region’s hub for finance and insurance.
  • 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 8 universities and colleges providing a steady stream of skilled, educated and diverse graduates ready to support knowledge-based industries.
  • Nova Scotia has one of the most educated workforces in the country, with more than two thirds (70%) holding a post-secondary degree or certificate.
  • There are more graduates in engineering, applied science, mathematics, and physical science per capita in Nova Scotia thatn anywhere else in Canada.

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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