Trade is crucially important to Nova Scotia.
It drives growth, investment, innovation, and employment.
Trade is not simply about exports and imports; it is about how Nova Scotia earns its living in the global economy.
International trade activities affect the livelihood of each and every Nova Scotian.
- Over the past five years, internationally-traded sectors employed 39% of workers in Nova Scotia - an annual average of 175,000 jobs
- Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies contribute to job creation and the economy
- Every year, about 850 Nova Scotia companies produce exports worth almost $15 billion
- Nova Scotia imports almost $23 billion in goods and services. Many of them have value added here before they are re-exported across the world
The Nova Scotia Advantage
Nova Scotia offers specific advantages to globally competitive companies.
We are close to huge North American markets, and an early port of call for European and Asian shipping lines.
Nova Scotia has province-wide high-speed Internet access and excellent communication networks that can deliver knowledge and services to global markets.
Our efficient Gateway and transportation infrastructure help move information, goods and services efficiently in and out of market.
Businesses located here benefit from Canada’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with countries around the world.
Our high concentration of universities and colleges produces highly-skilled workers and supports innovation and R&D in growing industries.
Nova Scotia has the essentials, the strengths and advantages to succeed and prosper in the global marketplace—today’s economic reality.
The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism can help you grow your company internationally.
jobsHere is the plan to grow the economy of Nova Scotia.
Department of Finance statistics on trade and economic growth.
Open to the World
Open to the World gives you an inside look into the businesses, communities and people shaping Nova Scotia's economy.
Nova Scotia's Global Integrative Trade