Gain the Competitive Edge

Halifax provides everything your business needs to be globally competitive. Find strategic access to global markets, and highly skilled talent in an affordable city.

Why Halifax?

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With one of the largest concentrations of universities and best educated workforces in North America, we have the talent pipeline to support business growth and expansion.

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Situated on North America’s East Coast, Halifax is a strategic location for the efficient movement of goods, people, and services around the globe — by road, rail, air and sea.

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Halifax offers more competitive business costs compared to other mid and large size cities, ranking in the Top 10 of the 50 largest cities in Canada and the US for costs in our five key sectors (fdiBenchmark).

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With a thriving innovation district, exceptional talent, and a critical mass of research and post-secondary institutions, Halifax is an ideal location for companies of all sizes to create new products and services.

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Find incentives to support your company's business expansion to Halifax. Our directory includes business incentives from local, provincial, and federal programs.

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Both cosmopolitan and laid-back, Halifax offers an affordable cost of living, endless cultural and entertainment options, and easy access to outdoor recreation.

Halifax. It's all here.

Our size allows us to be authentically open, collaborative, and agile. In Halifax, you are able to meet with all the right people and everyone is cheering you on to succeed. You’re invited to join our connected, thriving business community, and take advantage of our TLCI - talent, location, cost and innovation.

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Support For Your Halifax Expansion

The Halifax Partnership brings together all three levels of government, industry, post-secondary, and community partners to create and cultivate the necessary relationships for business growth.

Here’s how we can work together to help you expand your business to Halifax.

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Nice to meet you

We will get to know you and your team on a first name basis, as well as your business, and how we can work together. A dedicated relationship manager will work with you every step of the way.

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Get to know Halifax

Based on your expansion plans, we will provide you with business intelligence about Halifax and its competitive advantages of Talent, Location, Cost, and Innovation

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The Business Case

Once we understand your business needs, our team will work with you to build a custom, in-depth business case, including comparative analysis, average salaries, and availability of talent and relevant post-secondary programs to meet your HR needs.

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A Solution for Every Business Need

As your partner, we provide ongoing support and check in regularly. You can take advantage of the Halifax Partnership's programs to support your business needs.

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Come See for Yourself

We will organize a customized site visit of Halifax that could include meetings with potential partners and support organizations, office/facility space and site tours, and invitations to networking and industry events.

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Ongoing Partnership

Once you've chosen to locate or expand your business in Halifax, we will continue to be your partner by connecting you to strategic business contacts, resources, and events, sharing your successes locally and globally, and providing aftercare support from our SmartBusiness Program.

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Nancy Phillips
Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

Interested in Halifax?

Contact us to learn more about how Halifax Partnership can support your business location and expansion plans.

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Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

Interested in Halifax?

Contact us to learn more about how Halifax Partnership can support your business location and expansion plans.

Economic Dashboard

Our interactive economic dashboard provides the most up-to-date statistics on Halifax’s economy to help you make informed business decisions.



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