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Halifax Region Municipality


Halifax Facts

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Population: 390,330 (2011)

Location — Eastern Canada
On Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Temperate. Four distinct seasons. Mild summers, cool winters.

Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s hub city — bringing together industry, commerce, and regional decision-makers in a beautiful and historic city.

The region offers rich history, heritage and culture along with innovation, research and high-tech industry.  The bustle of city life is complemented by a network of parks, trails and stunning beaches. Halifax is an internationally-known centre for tourism and the arts, as well as green industry, and a centre for higher education.

In October 2011 the Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding was chosen to negotiate the right to build Canada’s next generation federal combat vessel fleet. The contract will be a significant economic driver in the years to come.

Halifax Features:

  • The youngest and the fastest growing population in Atlantic Canada
  • A $10 billion economy
  • Regional assets such as the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Port of Halifax, new Regional Central Library, Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Canada Games Centre and the permanent outdoor skating Oval
  • A consistent ranking as one of Canada’s most sustainable cities
  • Six universities and three community colleges — and one of the highest post-secondary enrolment and education levels of any city in Canada
  • The highest concentration of artists and cultural producers in the Atlantic region, and 4th in Canada
  • A culture of civic engagement, including numerous civic events and festivals, as well voluntary and cultural organizations
  • A 65% increase in newcomers from 2005 to 2009, and a growing array of community-based settlement services
  • Easy access to transit, numerous beautiful parks, trails, beaches and historic sites
  • City living, the charms of small town life and the pristine beauty of nature — all in one place



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