Canada's Gateway to the World
Global access makes it easy for you to operate internationally. Our strategic location on Canada's East Coast provides easy, fast, and reliable access to world markets. And because we share the same workday with the United States and Europe, this can translate into improved productivity for companies in Nova Scotia.
Benefits of Nova Scotia's location
Nova Scotia's reliable infrastructure and exceptional location offer plenty of advantages. These include:
Nova Scotia is part of the Atlantic Time Zone, which is four hours behind London and four hours ahead of Los Angeles - a perfect split between the UK and US west coast workdays.
Reduced travel time
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is two hours closer geographically by air to Europe than any other North American destination, and closer to New York and Boston than it is to any other major Canadian city.
By ship, businesses using our ports take advantage of being only a day’s sail to New York, which means Nova Scotia is an entire day's sail closer to major markets in northern Europe than any other North American port.
Convenient harbour access
Nova Scotia features an abundance of natural, year-round, ice-free harbours with depths ranging from 65 feet draft on Halifax Harbour to 200 feet draft on the Strait of Canso, giving it the deepest cargo berths on Canada's east coast.
Shorter customs wait times
Nova Scotia is home to the only US preclearance facility in Atlantic Canada, and offers 24/7 Canada Customs services—plus NEXUS and CANPASS programs for frequent travellers.
Reliable transportation infrastructure
Our transportation system is an efficient and reliable combination of air, road, rail, and sea infrastructure, to meet supply chain management and logistics needs. This allows businesses to move people and products in and out of North America faster than any other gateway on the east coast.
The Nova Scotia Gateway includes:
- The world-class Halifax Stanfield International Airport
- The International Port of Halifax (including two super post-Panamax container terminals)
- Canadian National Railway (CN Rail)
- A strong logistics and warehousing sector
- An excellent Class 1 Highway infrastructure (Trans-Canada Highway)
- A comprehensive air route network serving virtually any location around the globe in one stop—and easy transport of perishable and non-perishable products worldwide
Canada's reputation as an investment destination is growing. Find out what the world thinks:
For the fourth year running, Canada ranks among the top 2 of the 50 countries included in the Reputation Institute’s annual survey. Country reputations are measured based on:
- advanced economy
- appealing environment
- effective government
A country's reputation can be linked to its ability to attract tourism and skilled foreign workers, increase exports, and encourage foreign direct investment. Download the full details from the Reputation Institute 2016 Country RepTrak™ Topline Report, which also places Canada at the top of the list of the happiest, peaceful, and socially progressive countries.
Canada ranks #2 on the 2018 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index®. The report looks at the world economy to determine where investor dollars will be spent and ranks countries on how political, economic, and regulatory changes will affect foreign direct investment. Canada rose three spots to second place - its strongest performance in the history of the index. This extends Canada's streak among the top five markets on the Index to six years. Furthermore, investors are very optimistic about Canada's economic prospects, reporting greater net optimism for Canada than for the United States.
Canada ranks #18 on the Global Innovation index 2018 published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization. The index ranks economies based on their innovative inputs and environment. It also looks at the results of innovation by measuring knowledge, technology, and creative outputs.
Canada ranks #1 out of all mature global markets for cost competitiveness according to the 2016 KPMG Competitive Alternatives Report.
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