Consider Canada City Alliance
Canada’s large cities - Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Saskatoon,
Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver - represent more than 50 per cent of Canada’s economic activity.
The Partnership is collaborating with economic development agencies in these cities to address issues affecting our common economic sustainability. The Consider Canada City Alliance has identified foreign direct investment (FDI) as a specific opportunity.
The first major Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) mission took place in May 2012. Twenty people from eight Canadian cities and the Canadian government visited four cities in China that resulted in the generation of 334 new contacts, 101 prospective leads and 91 leads for possible investment opportunities.
Halifax - Norfolk Sister Cities
Halifax became Norfolk, Virginia's sixth sister city in April 2006. Like Norfolk, Halifax has a regional economic
development partnership, a vibrant tourist and cruise industry,
hospitals, universities, libraries, museums, theaters, and numerous
multicultural festivals as well as the nation’s largest naval
In the summer of 2010, the Halifax-Norfolk
Sister Cities Society hosted a delegation which had the opportunity to,
among other things, learn about Halifax's growing oceans sector during a
visit to Dalhousie University, and participate in the Navy Centennial
and Canada Day celebrations.
That fall, the Partnership lead an
African Nova Scotian delegation to explore historic and family ties
between African American and African Nova Scotian communities. Delegates
participated in, and presented at, the 2010 Signature Conference of
World Energy Cities Partnership
Halifax is a member of the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP), an organization of 18 international cities that have a core focus on energy (oil, gas, and renewables). WECP has two key meetings a year that the Mayor (or delegate) and an economic development representative attend. The WECP working meeting is held in May in Houston to coincide with the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). During OTC the province of Nova Scotia has business delegations that take part in the trade show.
More than a dozen major players are currently operating in Nova Scotia's offshore with exploration commitments totalling over $2 billion. Many of the world's largest energy companies have established offices in Halifax to capitalize on our potential. Halifax’s offshore technology firms have deep experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, having provided much of the engineering, seismic survey, modeling and forecasting, production and processing, and underwater intervention support during the Sable Island Offshore Energy Project and the Deep Panuke Project
Notable Halifax-based Companies Engaged in Offshore & Gas: