Top Talent that Stays

More than two thirds (70%) of Halifax's workforce holds a post-secondary degree or certificate, with a median tenure for employees of nearly more than nine years.

Highly-Skilled Talent Pipeline

Halifax is attracting and retaining record numbers of internationally trained professionals and young talent.

Competitive Advantages

7 universities

and three Nova Scotia Community College campuses providing a steady stream of skilled, educated and diverse graduates ready to support knowledge-based industries.

Loyal workforce

with exceptionally low employee turnover compared to the US. In the tech sector, it's just 8.6% versus the US average of 33.1%.

More graduates

in engineering, applied science, mathematics, and physical science per capita in Nova Scotia than anywhere else in Canada.

Critical mass

of public and private sector scientists doing world-class R&D in industries like ocean technology, life sciences and renewable energy.


“Halifax is a city and community that is unmatched in Canada, with a thriving tech scene, world-class talent, and a business-friendly environment.”

Allen Lau, CEO & co-founder Wattpad

Tap into our talent pipeline

Halifax Partnership helps you connect with Halifax's emerging and international talent through our award-winning Connector Program.

Halifax employers can take advantage of the permanent Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) to hire internationally-trained workers and international graduates faster and more efficiently.

Halifax Partnership can help your business become qualified to hire through this streamlined and straightforward program. The Partnership is also designated for the Government of Canada's Global Talent Stream - offering timely, responsive and predictable client-focused service to help you access highly-skilled global talent.

Our diverse universities and colleges provide bright minds for business

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is the largest university on Canada's East Coast.

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Saint Mary's University

Saint Mary's University has the highest percentage of international students of any university in Canada.

NSCC Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

NSCC offers industry-driven workforce training through a network of 13 campuses across Nova Scotia.

Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU)

MSVU offers a variety of distinctive and well-respected programs in arts, science, education and professional studies.

Universt of King's College Halifax

University of Kings College

The oldest chartered university in Canada with renowned humanities and journalism programs, as well as science and music degrees.

Sainte Anne University

Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne is the only francophone post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design


NSCAD University is one of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions and continues to be regarded as a principal centre for education and research in visual culture in North America.

Atlantic School of Theology

Atlantic School of Theology

A Canadian public ecumenical university that provides graduate level theological education and undertakes research to assist students to prepare for Christian ministries and other forms of public leadership.

Lower costs. Targeted Incentives.

Whether starting, relocating or expanding a business, we have incentives to meet your needs. The Halifax Partnership can help you identify the best business incentives for your relocation, expansion, or innovation, and assist you in navigating the incentives process.

Reach out to us

Nancy Phillips

Vice President, Investment & International Partnerships

Connect with our team.



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