Financial Services

Halifax's financial services companies make us the hub of Nova Scotia and home to 1,100+ finance, insurance & real estate firms with 19,000+ employees.

Why Halifax?

Located on North America's east coast, Halifax is the financial services and insurance capital of Atlantic Canada.

Global and national centre for shared services, technology, and middle office locations.

1,100+ finance, insurance and real estate companies, one of the largest concentrations in Canada.

Regional headquarters of Canada's Big 5 chartered banks.

Fintech Industry enhanced by Blockchain, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and Data Analytics clusters.


"We identified Halifax as the location to house a business technology centre because of the rich local talent landscape and the universities that have world-class programs that produce trained technologists."

-Keith Schlosser, Global Chief Information Officer, AXIS

The Halifax Advantage

#2 in cost competitiveness

for Insurance Operations among North America's 50 most popular cities (fDi Benchmarks).

Established tech and innovation ecosystem

with 2,000+ companies ranging from startups to multinationals in the Halifax Innovation District.

Easily travel and do business

across Europe, North America, and the Caribbean in the same day.

8 post-secondary institutions

enrolling 36,000 students annually and graduating top talent.

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Learn more about Halifax's financial services industry and the key advantages of doing business here.


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 be glad to assist you in identifying the ones that best suit your needs.

Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate

The Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate is a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll. It is issued over a set number of years – usually between three and five – and to a set amount. This means that for every dollar a company spends in salaries and benefits, NSBI rebates back a negotiated percentage.

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Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.

Learn More about Canada Small Business Financing Program>

Notable Players

  • RBC

    RBC is one of Canada's largest banks as measured by assets and market capitalization, and among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization.

  • Scotiabank

    The first chartered bank in Nova Scotia, Scotiabank was founded in Halifax. Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank.

  • 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 not-for-profit organization that provides health, dental, travel, life and income replacement products to small and large companies in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec and to individual customers in Atlantic Canada.

  • CIBC

    CIBC is a leading North American financial institution. From Personal, Business and Commercial Banking to Wealth Management and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC provides a full range of financial products and services to 10 million clients globally.

  • OKR Financial

    OKR Financial operates a suite of private funds with a history of rewarding investors and providing bridge financing solutions to small and medium-sized companies that want to grow.

  • Axis Capital

    AXIS delivers specialty insurance and global reinsurance solutions with determination, passion and strength. We’re inspired by the opportunity to give people and organizations the confidence to take necessary risks in the pursuit of their goals.

  • EY Canada

    Ernst & Young (EY) is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom. EY is one of the largest professional services firms in the world.


Industry Associations and Organizations

After moving your business to Halifax get connected with groups of like-minded individuals through local industry associations and organizations. Expand your networks, gain access to the benefits and find solutions to industry problems together.



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