An Advantageous Place to live and
Nova Scotia is an ideal place to begin a new life in Canada.
It offers a quality of life that blends spectacular natural beauty and wide-open
spaces with excellent opportunities, superb education and warm, welcoming
An Advantageous Place to Live and Work
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's
three Maritime provinces, and
one of the four provinces which
form Atlantic Canada.
Nova Scotia's provincial
capital is Halifax.
Many Nova Scotians make their
livings from fish stocks of the
Forestry & Agriculture
Nova Scotia has a highly developed
forestry sector and a highly
specialized commercial agriculture
Tourism is also an important sector
in the provincial economy. Almost
two million visitors come to Nova
Scotia each year.
Nova Scotia Economy and Employment 4
Nova Scotia has a very diverse economy that includes key industries in the service,
manufacturing and mining sectors.
Average family income between $67,910 - $80,490
Cost of living below Canadian average.
High standard of living
Standard of Living
Nova Scotia Standard of Living
Average income for Nova Scotia ranks among the highest in terms of Maritime Provinces.
The average family income for Nova Scotia is between $67,910 - $80,490, well above the
The cost of living in Nova Scotia is quite affordable, falling below the Canadian average. Combined
with the comfortable average salary in the province, Nova Scotians can afford a very high standard
Provincial personal income taxes are approximately 15.8%.
Nova Scotia Residential Housing
One of the key elements of Nova Scotia's low cost of living is the affordable housing.
The average price to
purchase a house in the
Halifax area is only
$281,000, while a similar
sized home in some of
Canada's other major
cities can be expected to
cost up to twice that
Suitable and affordable
housing is available.
The average percentage
of household income
taken up by ownership
costs is among the lowest
in the country and varies
depending on the type of
All Canadians under the age of 20 are entitled to free education up to the end of secondary school
provided by the provincial government.
The Government of Nova Scotia provides free schooling from kindergarten through to Grade 12, available
in both English and French.
As with other jurisdiction in Canada, all teachers in Nova Scotia's public education system have a
university degree as well as advanced teacher training, and follow a provincially regulated curriculum.
Education for All
Nova Scotia Education
University of King's College
Saint Mary's University
Mount Saint Vincent
Nova Scotia College of Art
and Design nscad.ca
Cape Breton University
Nova Scotia Community
Post Secondary Education 8
Nova Scotia has a comprehensive system of post-secondary education consisting of universities, technical colleges and
apprenticeship programs. Nova Scotia's post-secondary education facilities offer a full range of programs through its 11
universities and 13 professional colleges.
Here are the major ones:
Under Canadian Law, all provinces and territories must
provide universal, publicly funded health care to all
citizens and legal residents of Canada.
Nova Scotia provides a publicly-funded health services
The Nova Scotia plan insures eligible residents of Nova
Scotia for all medically required physicians' services
provided in the doctor's office, at home or in hospital.
Nova Scotia Plan
Nova Scotia Health Care
The most basic health services in Canada are offered at no direct cost to the patient.
Nova Scotia is known for having a friendly and
welcoming culture that is a fusion of the many cultural
communities that call the province their home.
Friendly & Welcoming
Long-established groups that have left indelible marks
on Nova Scotian culture include Scottish, French,
Gaelic, Mi'kmaq and African-Nova Scotian. The result is
a mixture that is distinctly Nova Scotian.
Nova Scotia is also home to modern ciommunities that
support bustling artistic communities, with live theatres
and musical talent in most communities.
Nova Scotia Culture
Nova Scotia Demographics
Nova Scotia's population of nearly 1 million makes it one of Canada's smallest provinces in terms of population.
Nova Scotia makes up 17.4 % of the
people in Canada per square mile.
As of 2014, the population was 940,600, making Nova
Scotia the second-most-densely populated province in
Nova Scotia and the Sea
Canada's Ocean Playground
• Nova Scotia is wrapped in 7,600 km (4,750 mi) of coastline.
• The province is no more than 130 km (87 miles) wide at any point.
• It is a peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, including numerous bays and
• Nowhere in Nova Scotia is more than 67 km (42 mi) from the ocean.
With Nova Scotia's natural population growth on the decline, the province can
expect the majority of its future growth to be accounted for by IMMIGRATION.
Close to 2,500 immigrants settle in Nova Scotia
each year, a figure that the province is aiming to
increase in the future.
Nova Scotia helps to attract skilled immigrants
who wish to settle in the province by speeding up
Nova Scotia Immigration
Immigration is central to Nova Scotia's past, its present and its future.
The province's program has a number of
streams, including skilled workers, those who
wish to come work in a family business and
those with strong ties to a community in Nova
Recently the province has also begun strong
efforts to encourage international students who
graduate from the province's universities to stay
An Advantageous Place to Live and Work
Working in Food Processing Industry 15
Nova Scotia has a rich and varied history in Food Processing. Our manufacturing ranges from
small cottage industries to internationally traded commodities. Food safety is critical in this
complex and ever changing field.
Rich and Varied History
The food and beverage industry is a key contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. The industry is
the third largest employer in the goods sector.
3rd Largest Employer
The industry encompasses primary production in the fishery, agriculture, and food processing.
Seafood processing is particularly important to the province’s economy, representing about 41%
of output in the food industries.
Top Food Processing Companies
In Nova Scotia
Processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood
Industry Sector: Food & Beverage Total Employees: 1,496
Revenue: $947,300,648 Assets: $676,358,303
High Liner Foods Incorporated
Processor and distributor of ice cream and related novelties
Industry Sector: Food & Beverage Total Employees: 385
Revenue: $129,768,000 Assets: $94,000,000
Scotsburn Dairy Group
Fisherman’s Market International
Vertically integrated seafood Companies
Industry Sector: Food & Beverage Total Employees: 1,400
Revenue: $388,659,000 Assets: $414,582,000
Clearwater Seafoods Limited
Trucorp Investments Incorporated
Meat processor of Chris Brothers and Bonte brands
Industry Sector: Food & Beverage Total Employees: 194
Revenue: $61,579.669 Assets: $14,142,341
Seafood wholesaler and processor
Industry Sector: Food & Beverage Total Employees: 164
Revenue: $51,973,000 Assets: $12,842,000
Pre-arrival Food Safety Management Training (PAFSMT) Program
The Food Processing HR Council (FPHRC) has developed the world’s FIRST program to prepare
Canadian newcomers for the food manufacturing industry. The Pre-arrival Food Safety Management
Training (PAFSMT) Program will provide employment-related and self-paced training preparing potential
pre-arrival immigrant workers for careers in the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing industry.
Smoothly integrate into the Canadian
economy with food manufacturing
experience and education.
A quicker transition to employment An opportunity to “Canadianize” their
skills making them a candidate of
choice amongst employers.
Prepare for the Canadian Labour Market
Be Qualified to Work in Nova Scotia
Do you have experience in food manufacturing in your home country?
The Pre-Arrival Food Safety Management Training Program is an online training curriculum, designed to
prepare pre-arrival clients for viable careers in the Canadian food and beverage processing industry.
first be accepted
for admission by
thirty (30) days
to complete the
22 courses in
For more information contact:
FOOD PROCESSING HUMAN RESOURCES COUNCIL