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Halifax Partnership measures growth in Halifax by tracking key economic indicators that detail trends affecting Halifax's business climate.

Tracking Halifax's Economic Progress

We are the go-to source on Halifax’s economy. We dive deep into what moves Halifax forward and are able to pinpoint and analyze the trends and health of our city. We are “in the know” and on the leading edge of opportunities that can ignite growth.

Halifax's Inclusive Economic Strategy

The strategy focuses on ensuring all Halifax residents can contribute to, and benefit from our city's growing economic prosperity.

The Halifax Index 2023

The Halifax Index is a definitive look at Halifax's economic and community progress. It tells our city’s story and provides insights for actions that will strengthen and grow our city and businesses.

Economic Data Atlas

The Atlas is an interactive, map-based tool that allows the user to see how economic, social, and demographic measures vary across the geography of Halifax.

Halifax's Economic Dashboard

Through a combination of interactive charts and key economic indicators, this dashboard provides a current high-level overview of Halifax’s economy.

Downloadable Reports & Data Sets

Take our research to go with our downloadable reports and data tables. Find the content that is relevant to you by searching by topic or report type.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Summer 2020

September 2020

Highlights: Many economic statistics were severely impacted by COVID-19. Halifax's GDP is projected to contract by 3.4% in 2020. The labour force shrank by 8,367 people and the unemployment rate jumped to 10.4%.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Spring 2020

June 2020

Highlights: Halifax GDP grew at a healthy 2.6% rate through 2019, but the economy will contract sharply in 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. The labour force grew by 6,833 people and the unemployment rate went up to 6.6% in this quarter.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Winter 2020

March 2020

Highlights: Halifax GDP growth is expected to surpass both national and provincial forecasts, with the 2.6% growth rate forecasted for 2019. International migration continues to lead population growth in Halifax. 72% of the migrants were from outside of Canada (6,509 people).

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Fall 2019

November 2019

Highlights: Halifax’s GDP growth is expected to surpass both national and provincial forecasts, with the 2.6% growth rate forecasted for 2019 being the highest projected rate in a decade. Weekly individual earnings grew faster than inflation over Q3 2019, leading to a 1.0% increase in purchasing power.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Summer 2019

September 2019

Highlights: Halifax’s GDP growth rate is forecasted to outpace both national and provincial figures, averaging 2.1% growth from 2019 through 2023.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Fall 2018

January 2019

Highlights: Consumer purchasing power has increased since the last quarter. The vacancy rate for Downtown Class A office space dropped for the first time since Q3 2017. Rents have been stable through 2018.

A Generation of Change: Youth as Nova Scotia's Defining Moment

October 2015

Halifax’s and Nova’s Scotia’s prosperity lies in holding onto our young people and helping them start their future here. This represents the best economic opportunity - and it is within reach. By keeping educated youth here, we can ensure our long-term fiscal sustainability while significantly growing our economy.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Winter 2019

April 2019

Highlights: International enrolment in Halifax universities continues to climb and totalled 7,156 students in the 2017-2018 school year. Halifax’s GDP growth rate is forecasted to slow to 1.4% in 2019 and average 1.6% between 2019 and 2022.

Quarterly Economic Snapshot - Spring 2019

May 2019

Highlights: GDP growth in Halifax is forecasted to average 2.2% from 2019 to 2023, outpacing the Canadian average of 1.8% during the same time period. 2018 was a record year for population growth in Halifax, with the population growing at a 2.0% clip.



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