The Port of Halifax is a major contributor to the economy of Nova Scotia and is a national asset connecting importers and exporters with global markets.
Direct and spin-off impacts of port-related activities include $1.58 billion in gross output and $671 million in Gross Domestic Product.
Jobs and Salaries
The Port creates approximately 11,000 direct and indirect full-time equivalent jobs. Wages and salaries resulting from port activity exceed $500 million annually and the average wage for direct and spin-off jobs is $45,100, which is 29% above the provincial average.
Rail and Trucking
CN and related rail service providers contribute $170 million to economic output annually, with long-haul and local trucking activity contributing $160 million.
Annually, direct economic impact from cruise is approximately $50 million from passenger, crew and cruise line expenditures.
Contributions to Government Tax Revenues
Port related employment provides the province with over $76 million in personal income and consumption taxes. Annual payments to Halifax Regional Municipality exceed $1 million.
Ongoing Port Investments
Over the last five years, $250 million of private sector port-related money has been invested at the Port of Halifax. The Halifax Port Authority has invested over $100 million in that time period and continues to invest annually. Click here to learn more about current infrastructure projects.
Canada’s Atlantic Gateway to the World
- Diverse cargo and cruise port
- Provides connections to 150 countries for cargo imports & exports
- One of the deepest and largest natural harbours in the world
- Ice-free year-round and minimal tides
- Strategically located on the Great Circle Route
- Most easterly North American full-service container port
- First inbound, last outbound port to North America from Europe and the Med./Suez
- Serving major lines on transatlantic, Suez and pendulum routings including: Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia/Indian Subcontinent and the Far East
- Capacity to accommodate the world’s largest vessels
- Two modern container terminals & two breakbulk terminals
- CN provides daily double-stack train departures to Montreal, Toronto and Chicago
- Only major seaport in Canada with on-dock policing services
Port of Halifax Firsts
- 1752 – North America’s oldest operating salt water ferry service began service
- 1758 – North America’s first naval dockyard opened
- 1837 – North America’s first yacht squadron opened – The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron
- 1970 – Halifax’s South End Container Terminal opened – Canada’s first common-user container terminal
- 1998 – Halifax was the first east coast North American port to welcome a post-Panamax vessel, the Regina Maersk
- 2007 – First port in Canada to achieve investment grade credit rating from Standard & Poor’s
- 2007 – First port in Canada to achieve ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management System
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