Financial Services Centre

With one of the largest concentrations of financial services companies in Canada, Halifax is the region's hub for finance and insurance.

Why Halifax?

Among the most significant Canadian locations for financial services companies and employment - 1,000+ finance, insurance, and real estate firms with 14,000+ employees.

Competitive Advantages

Global and national centre

for shared services, technology, and middle office locations.

1,100+ finance and insurance companies,

one of the largest concentrations in Canada.

Canada's Big 5 chartered banks

hold regional headquarters.

Home to five of the world's top

hedge fund administrators.


Whether starting, relocating or expanding a business, you will benefit from a number of incentives at both the federal and provincial level to help you invest in Halifax. We’ll gladly assist you in identifying the ones that best suit your needs.

Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate

The payroll rebate, administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc., is an earned incentive paid out annually after a company achieves pre-determined targets. The rebate is a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll and is issued over a set numbers of years and to a set amount.

Nova Scotia Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive

Receive provincial funding to invest in employee and management skills development and improve productivity. This program also helps companies adapt to the introduction of new technology and innovative processes, and enhance international competitiveness.

Notable Companies

  • RBC

    RBC is a Canadian multinational financial services company and the largest bank in Canada by market capitalization.

  • Scotiabank

    The first chartered bank in Nova Scotia, Scotiabank was founded in Halifax. It is one of North America's leading financial institutions.

  • TD

    With more than 85,000 employees in offices around the world, TD offers a full range of financial products and services to 26 million customers worldwide.

  • BMO

    BMO is a Canadian multinational investment bank and financial services company and the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America.

  • Manulife Financial

    Manulife is a leading international financial services group that provides financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions. Manulife is expanding its presence in Halifax, leveraging the highly educated workforce and strong staff retention rates.

  • Medavie Blue Cross

    Medavie Blue Cross is a non-profit Canadian medical care insurance company.

  • Admiral Insurance

    The Admiral Group sells private car and home insurance and related products to consumers throughout the UK, Spain, Italy, France and the United States. Admiral has been recognized as one of Canada’s Great Places to Work every year since 2010 and named one Nova Scotia’s and Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers annually since 2015.


Industry Associations and Organizations

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Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships


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- Nancy Phillips



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