Nova Scotia is an ideal place to begin a new life in Canada. It offers a quality of life that blends spectacular natural beauty and wide-open spaces with excellent opportunities, superb education and warm, welcoming people.
Nova Scotia is a peninsula (about the size of Ireland) found on the east coast of Canada and connected to the province of New Brunswick. It is almost entirely surrounded by water creating a temperate climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Nova Scotia is home to approximately 950,000 people and the population is expected to peak at about 990,000 over the next 20 years. With a birth rate of 1.6, most of this population increase will come through immigration.
Most people in Nova Scotia live in urban centres. Halifax Regional Municipality accounts for 40% of the population of Nova Scotia. But the percentage is much lower than in most of Canada and the U.S. Nova Scotia towns and rural communities offer a wonderful quality of life that many immigrants cherish.
Nova Scotia offers an affordable cost of living. Compared to larger centres such as Vancouver or Toronto, you can have an excellent quality of life. In fact, Nova Scotia's cost of living can be half that of many American, Asian, European and other Canadian centres. For example, a home in Nova Scotia that might cost around $200,000 could cost $300,000 to $400,000 in Vancouver.
Nova Scotia is a haven for leisure and lifestyle activities. In fact, its natural beauty, its many leisure opportunities and outstanding outdoor activities and exciting nightlife attract more than 2 million visitors every year.
Canada leads the G8 countries in low business costs and four centres in Nova Scotia are ranked among the top 10 in the country. Nova Scotia's capital, Halifax, ranks among the top five when compared to large international centres in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. This, along with a very competitive tax structure, and a workforce that includes 15,000 post-secondary graduates every year, makes Nova Scotia a very good place to build, or start, a business.
||Nova Scotia has one of the fastest growing economies in Canada with smaller businesses leading the way. In fact, small business makes up roughly 90% of the provincial economy. The economy is based on traditional sectors such as natural resources, tourism and hospitality, health care and research, manufacturing, as well as the newer fields in information and computer technology.
Nova Scotia is closer to Europe than any other east coast port of call. You can be in Boston or New York in less than two hours by air, and London in less than six hours, making the province an ideal location for international trade. By sea, the Port of Halifax is the deepest, ice-free port on the eastern seaboard with direct shipping to Europe, the U.S. and Asia, via the Suez Canal.
With the most widely deployed province-wide broadband fibre optic network in Canada, Nova Scotia has a thriving IT sector and facilitates instant communication around the world. Access to leading-edge research and development in the fields of information technology, medicine, marine science, and security keeps business on the forefront of innovation. With favourable business costs, generous research and development (R&D) tax credits, competitive wages and favourable real estate climate, Nova Scotia is one of the most cost-effective centres in North America to do business.
Nova Scotia provides employers with a highly-educated workforce and access to world-class research through its 11 degree-granting institutions and 13 community college campuses – the highest concentration per capita anywhere in Canada.