Inspiring Innovation

Explore what’s possible in a place where outstanding teams are inventing and creating like never before.

Innovate in Halifax

It takes a special place - where business, people and infrastructure connect - to build an ecosystem that supports innovation. And it’s happening in Halifax.

Competitive Advantages

Highly-skilled talent

and expertise companies need for R&D and to develop new products and services fueled by 8 universities and colleges

Feed-in technology market

for new and established companies to adopt or commercialize

First Canadian jurisdiction

selected by MIT to implement the prestigious Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP)

Top 5 Best Tech Hub

to Live and Work in Canada overall and #2 for tech diversity and wage growth (Expert Market, 2017)

Lowest R&D costs

- Canada is the lowest-cost G7 country for R&D (KPMG)

Epicentre for Ocean

technology, science, education, defence, and energy


Halifax Innovation District

Halifax's Innovation District

Halifax is fast becoming one of Canada’s most exciting technology and innovation hubs. Located in the heart of the city, Halifax's Innovation District is a striking combination of drive and discovery, technology and talent, curiosity and culture – all working together to fuel growth. The district is home to a concentration of innovation hubs; major universities and colleges; large firms, SMEs, startups and scaleups, and entrepreneurs; major hospitals and R&D labs; key sectors and all levels of government. Together, with our partners, we are increasing the number of viable high-growth startups and scaleups, and growing our knowledge-based economy.

Key Partners

Volta, the second largest tech startup hub in Canada outside of the Toronto-Waterloo region corridor, is a key player in supporting the growth of tech startups and offering innovation outpost opportunities.

Dalhousie University’s Innovation and Design in Engineering and Architecture facility (ideaHUB) is the most advanced of its kind in Canada. The ideaHUB unites faculties and incorporates state-of-the-art design labs, research facilities, and engineering and incubation space.

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector where ocean technology enterprises can commercialize and grow.

Creative Destruction Lab Atlantic (CDL) is a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies. CDL leverages Dalhousie University’s world-class research expertise in ocean, clean, and environmental technology, as well as agri-food and bioproducts.

Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early-stage venture capital organization that help startups start and scale, with focus on tech, life sciences, clean tech, and ocean tech.

Lower tax burdens. Lower costs.

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

Holly Bond

Director, Investment Attraction

+1-902-402-0286

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