Halifax has much to offer residents – an unmatched quality of life in a spectacular setting on the Atlantic Ocean.
As the region’s economic, cultural, and social center, Halifax, legally known as HRM, the Halifax Regional Municipality, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. The regional municipality consists of four former municipalities that were amalgamated in 1996; Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, and the Municipality of Halifax County. What people, both Haligonians & tourists, love about the city is that it has all the amenities and conveniences of a large city, without many of the problems and a high cost of living.
As one of Altantic Canada's major economic centers, Halifax offers a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include:
Halifax was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada for 2012, placed first on a list of "large cities by quality of life" and placed second in a list of "large cities of the future", both conducted by fDi Magazine for North and South American cities. Additionally, Halifax has consistently placed in the top 10 for business friendliness of North and South American cities, as conducted by fDi Magazine.
The downtown core of Halifax is filled with exciting shops and restaurants, national historic sites, urban gardens and parks, and a nationally acclaimed and award-wining boardwalk area. There’s lots to see and do within walking distance of downtown, and throughout the year, there are many cultural and entertainment events that take place around the city. And with so many beaches just a short drive away from the city core, it is no wonder that Nova Scotia is known as Canada's ocean playground.
· Population: 360,000
· City of History - Established in 1749 – one of Canada’s
· 6 Universities, 12 Industrial Parks
· 2nd largest natural harbour in the world
· City of Innovation –
o First Public School in Canada
o Oldest Farmers Market in Canada
o First newspaper (1752)
o First Seat of Democratic Government
o First Naval Dockyard in North America
o Canada’s First Law School
o First All-Electric City Lights in North America
· Home to Canada’s only Crystal Factory
· Award-winning waterfront and boardwalk area