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General Facts

Nova Scotia at a Glance (2008)
(Sources: Statistics Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, Taxation; Fisheries & Oceans Canada; Nova Scotia Government;

Lieutenant Governor: Honourable Mayann E. Francis
Premier: Honourable Rodney MacDonald

Nova Scotia was one of the four original provinces to join Confederation in 1867.


Population (July 1 Estimates)

Nova Scotia

1981 1991 2006
854,646 915,102 934,405

Population of Regional Municipalities and Towns – 8,000+ (July 1 Estimates)

  1996 2001 2006
Halifax 351,675 369,085 382,203
Shelburne 17,404 16,661 15,940
Yarmouth 27,951 27,560 27,059
Digby 20,981 20,067 19,247
Queens 12,712 12,038 11,765
Annapolis 22,849 22,342 21,737
Lunenburg 48,669 48,865 48,688
Kings 60,670 60,425 60,853
Hants 40,435 41,622 41,999
Colchester 50,431 50,619 51,178
Cumberland 34,610 33,440 32,815
Pictou 49,868 48,205 46,988
Guysborough 11,179 10,079 9,140
Antigonish 20,020 20,101 20,136
Inverness 21,419 20,462 19,490
Richmond 11,281 10,490 9,859
Cape Breton 120,567 112,157 107,367
Victoria 8,692 8,171 7,941

The Economy

Gross Domestic Product ($ Millions)

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Market Prices 27,082 28,851 30,014 31,575 31, 997
Chained (2002) Dollars 27,082 27,464 27,836 28,336 28,597


Gross Domestic Product by Industry ($ Millions Chained 2002)

  2005 2006
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 724.9 684.4
Mining & Oil & Gas Extraction 782.7 704.2
Utilities 617.7 557.3
Resources Industries 2,125.3 1,945.9
Manufacturing 2,775.4 2,616.3
Construction 1,549.3 1,686.6
Goods Producing Industries 6,737.2 6,490.5
Transportation & Warehousing 1,040.2 1,086.1
Wholesale & Retail Trade 2,835.9 2,916.3
Information & Culture Industries 911.0 936.3
Finance & Insurance, Real Estate & Renting & Leasing & Management of Companies 5,240.6 5,399.4
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 835.2 858.1
Administrative & Support, Waste Management 589.1 622.8
Educational Services 1,531.2 1,547.9
Health Care & Social Assistance 2,148.0 2,236.3
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 183.4 183.0
Accommodation & Food Services 643.4 665.6
Other services 612.0 622.2
Public Administration 2,751.9 2,757.5
Service Producing Industries 19, 585.3 20,107.2
All Industries 25,705.9 25,958.5

* Figures may not add due to rounding


Halifax International Airport, which ranks as the seventh busiest airport in Canada, is the best-equipped airport in Atlantic Canada. Services operating out of the Halifax International Airport offer regular flights to all Canadian destinations as well as international service to Boston, New York (Newark and JFK), Detroit, Bermuda, London and points beyond. In 2005, seven cargo services provided service from Halifax to various points including Europe and Asia. Major airports with service connecting to all key Atlantic Canadian destinations are also located in Yarmouth and Sydney. Numerous smaller facilities are located throughout the province to serve private craft and flying clubs.

CN operates the primary inland rail connection linking regional and international shippers to markets throughout Canada and the United States. In addition, CN offers access to an extensive intermodal service through its Halifax Richmond Terminal and service to two container terminals. There are two shortline railways under provincial jurisdiction providing service to regional and local shippers. The Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway (CB&CNS) operates from Sydney to Truro where it interchanges with CN. The Windsor and Hantsport Railway (WHRC) operates between Windsor Junction and New Minas, connecting with CN in Windsor Junction. VIA Rail operates the Ocean, a six-day a week transcontinental passenger rail service, between Halifax and Montreal.

There are approximately 23,000 kilometers of highways in Nova Scotia. The TransCanada and 100-series highways are all-weather, mostly controlled-access and high speed system that join with the New Brunswick TransCanada Highway to points in Canada and the United States. Highway 104 includes a section of four lane toll highway. Acadian Lines provides a public bus service seven days a week that links to most major communities within the province. Over 653,000 people have road motor vehicle operator’s licences, and total vehicle registration in fiscal 2005 numbered 545,545.

Numerous ports dot the coastline of the province. The Port of Halifax is one of the world’s finest and most sophisticated deep-water ports and is ideally suited to 21st century sea-going trade and commerce. It offers a 21 metre-deep ice free harbour with easy approaches and two of the most modern container terminals in the world, each with on-dock rail service and the capability to handle the most varied ro-ro and dimensional load cargoes, as well as the largest container ships. Handling about 14 million tonnes of cargo a year, the Port of Halifax is the first westbound and last eastbound port of call on the continent, offering the shortest ocean voyage times for trade across the North Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, into the Suez and around the world. Cruise Ship activity at the Port of Halifax in 2005 was 108 vessels carrying over 188,000 passengers. Car/passenger ferry service connects between Bar Harbor and Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; Port-aux-Basques and Argentia, Newfoundland to North Sydney, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia; and between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Pictou County, Nova Scotia.


The Province of Nova Scotia covers an area of 55,000 sq. km.  The mainland part of the Province is connected to New Brunswick and the remainder of Canada by the 28 km. Isthmus of Chignecto. Cape Breton Island is joined to the mainland by the Canso Causeway. Nova Scotia is located at 59° to 67° Longitude and 43° to 48° Latitude. This places Halifax, the capital city, south of Paris, Vienna, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon. The coastline stretches for 7,400km, but the overall length of the Province is only 575km, while average width is 130km.

Halifax is…
4365 km (2713 miles) southwest of Aberdeen, Scotland
4631 km (2877 miles) southwest of London,UK
3238 km (2012 miles) northeast of Houston,Texas, U.S.
4317 km (2683 miles) northeast from Mexico City, Mexico


Average daily temperatures at Halifax range from – 4.6° Celsius in January to + 17.5° Celsius in July. Rainfall on an annual basis averages 1,178.1 millimeters.

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