Industry Sectors

Nova Scotia, Canada is a hotbed of business brilliance in key sectors that are driving the world's economy.


  • We have 450 PhDs in ocean-related disciplines, which is the world’s highest concentration of researchers in this sector.
  • Nova Scotia is home to world-renowned ocean-related research institutions including Canada’s largest - The Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) - the country's first major centre devoted to oceanography which brings together some 700 scientists, engineers, technicians, contractors and staff working in a range of disciplines
  • The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE) will deliver advanced research that will inform public policy, build synergies with industry partners, and draw world attention to this sector.
  • Dalhousie University is home to more than 100 researchers focusing on oceans and ocean technology. 
  • The NRC-Institute for Marine Biosciences is home to the Industry Partnership Facility based in Halifax, Nova Scotia exploring the commercial potential of technologies in marine biosciences and life sciences. 
  • Check out Port of Halifax's Economic Impact Infographic 

Life Sciences:

  • Highest number of Neuroscientists per capita in Canada. 
  • Home to the Brain Repair Centre, internationally renowned for Parkinson's treatment
  • Life Science Research Institute (LSRI), a research and business incubator
  • Over 70 companies - from medical devices to biopharmaceuticals

Aerospace & Defence

  • Private industry contributes $600 million in annual revenues and more than 6,000 jobs 
  • DND contributes $1 billion in annual revenues and approximately 9,000 jobs. 
  • Halifax is home to: 
    • 40% of Canada's military assets
    • Canada's largest shipyard (Irving Shipyard)
    • Canada's largest privately held military defence contractor (IMP Aerospace & Defence)

Finance & Insurance

  • Halifax has one of the highest concentrations of insurance industry firms and employment among urban centres across Canada
  • Halifax is home to some of the largest companies in the world: Citco Fund Services, Butterfield Fulcrum (Bermuda), Marsh (New York), Royal Sun Alliance (RSA), Admiral Insurance (UK), Flagstone Reinsurance Holdings Limited (Bermuda)


  • Halifax is home to 7 degree granting universities and 3 community college campuses, serving over 40,000 students annually 
  • Nova Scotia has one of the most educated workforces in the country, with over 68% of the population having some post-secondary education 
  • Nova Scotia has a total of 10 universities and 13 community colleges 

Nova Scotia – A Hotbed of Business Brilliance.  

A successful business events industry attracts investment, and investment attracts more business events. Learn why the Nova Centre is a 'smart' investment for a 'smart city' that is investing in attracting corporate 'players' in key sectors such as biomagnetic research, security, offshore gas, oceanography, and shipbuilding (to name just a few). 

To further explore Nova Scotia industry and key business sectors visit ConnectNS.