Stephen to present . . .Still rank well on the unemployment rateEven though the 2008 anticipated result may give Halifax a red light, Halifax continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and accounts for much of the employment growth in the province. Recent cyclical downturns have hurt our performance but by less than many other centres.
The Basics<br />Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s largest city, home to 372,858 people<br />Nova Scotia has the most diversified and stable economy in the Atlantic region.<br />Halifax produces 47% of Nova Scotia’s Total GDP<br />20% of Atlantic Canada’s Total GDP<br />Halifax produces 47%of Nova Scotia’s Retail Sales and 48% of Provincial Employment<br />
Halifax Quick Facts<br />At the end of 2009:<br /><ul><li>Population – Over 370,000
Education Attainment<br /><ul><li>67% of the population of Halifax have trade, college or university qualifications – the 4th highest in Canada.</li></ul>Source: 2006 Census of Canada, Nova Scotia Perspective, Release #7, <br />Nova Scotia Department of Finance, Statistics Division<br />
20+ private career colleges</li></li></ul><li>Where We Rank…<br />1st - Greater Halifax Partnership was recognized as best in practice of Social Media and Web 2.0 from E&B DATA in conjunction with Intelegia. <br />1st, 3rd – Halifax ranked as 2007/08 North American Small City of the Future (1st in Best Infrastructure, and 3rd in Best Economic Potential)– fDi Magazine<br />4th – Top Ten Cities in Canada Poll placed Greater Halifax fourth behind Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver; with high marks in environment, economy and society. – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, 2006<br />5th-Next Cities; The Top Canadian Hotspots for Young, Talented Workers. 2009-2010 version <br />9th– Halifax ranked 9th on a list of the 154 Best Places to Live in Canada– MoneySense Magazine, 2008<br />
HALIFAX COMMUTERS<br />Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census: analysis series; <br />Where Canadians work and how they get there<br />
Quality of Life<br />Vibrant arts and culture environment - symphony, theatre, art galleries, museums, historic sites, major junior hockey <br />Hub city, pub & club city<br />Variety of recreation - parks, beaches, hiking, boating, golf <br />Physical beauty<br />Over 10% of Halifax workers walk to work<br />Harbour Solutions, Recycling, Pesticide By-Law<br />
A Green Community<br /><ul><li>HRM Harbour Solutions