IT, Gaming & Digital Media

Halifax is one of Canada’s prominent tech centres and a location of choice for global businesses.

Why Halifax?

Halifax is home to a globally competitive tech industry supported by a vibrant ecosystem of post-secondary education, established multinational firms, incubators and accelerators, and an active startup community that provides a collaborative, well-connected, global cluster.

2,000+ companies ranging from startups to multinationals.

Growing hub for tech innovation including IBM's first Canadian Customer Innovation Centre and Cognizant's new global technology and service delivery center.

Top 5 in CBRE's 2023 ranking of the Next 25 North American tech markets primed for growth. (CBRE)

Home to 10+ R&D and innovation hubs including Volta, Canada's East Coast Innovation Hub.


Halifax is a city and community that is unmatched in Canada, with a thriving tech scene, world-class talent, and a business-friendly environment. We're thrilled to make Halifax home to our second headquarters.

-Allen Lau, Chief Executive Officer & co-founder, Wattpad

The Halifax Advantage

#3 in cost-competitiveness

for Software Development among North America’s 50 most populous cities (fDi Benchmarks)

World-class infrastructure

fibre optic networks with gigabit connections, and reliable, fast, and secure data transmission between North America and Europe

Over 30,000 employed

in ICT positions within Nova Scotia

8 post-secondary institutions

enrolling 36,000 students annually and graduating top talent.

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Learn more about Halifax's tech industry and the key advantages of doing business here. Explore key players in Halifax's tech innovation ecosystem and get in-depth industry information. Learn why Halifax the right location for your business.


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

Nova Scotia Innovation Equity Tax Credit

The Innovation Equity Tax Credit provides a non-refundable personal income tax credit to individuals taking an equity stake in a small-to-medium sized Nova Scotian business. For eligible investments, investors will earn a 35% credit, or a 45% credit for investments in the Oceans Technology and Life Sciences sectors.

Learn More about Nova Scotia Innovation Equity Tax Credit>

Canada Media Fund

Champions the creation of successful, innovative, Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research.

Learn More about Canada Media Fund >

Notable Players

  • IBM

    IBM’s very first Canadian Client Innovation Centre opened its doors in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and provides application management and IT consulting services to government, businesses, and universities. Today, they have exceeded their original growth targets and plan on adding another 250 staff this year.

  • Cognizant

    Cognizant is supporting growing client demand at its global technology and service delivery center in Halifax and is now the largest IT services employer in Atlantic Canada with plans to grow to 2,000 associates.

  • 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.

  • REDspace

    REDspace is a custom software development company that builds unique, flexible platforms for global enterprises, empowering clients to meaningfully connect with their audiences and remain at the top of their industries.

  • Bulletproof

    A trusted IT solutions provider empowering organizations in Atlantic Canada and globally with affordable IT security, consultation, and education services. Bulletproof sees Halifax's easily accessible airfare connections a key advantage of doing business here.

  • Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant is Atlantic Canada's leading provider of Fibe, TV, internet, phone and data services to residential and business customers.

  • NTT Data

    NTT DATA is a Global IT Innovator delivering technology-enabled services and solutions to clients around the world. NTT Data has a significant presence in Halifax and has been named one of Nova Scotia's top employers.

  • Eastlink

    With more than 1,700 employees from coast to coast, Eastlink delivers world-class video entertainment, internet, and telephone services to residential, business and public-sector customers across Canada.

  • Magnet Forensics

    Virtusa helps businesses with transformational changes at scale and speed through their Digital Transformation Studio that delivers deep digital engineering and industry expertise, using client-specific and integrated agile scrum teams.


Industry Associations & Organizations

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