Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet


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.

Cruise Industry

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

Click here to learn more about Atlantic Canada Mega Projects.

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

More information:

Media Contacts:

Michele Peveril
Senior Manager, Strategic Relations
Office: (902) 426-1060
E-mail: mpeveril@portofhalifax.ca

Lane Farguson
Communications Advisor
Office: (902) 426-7375
E-mail: lfarguson@portofhalifax.ca