International Relationships

Consider Canada City Alliance

On January 1, 2014, Paul Kent became Chair of Consider Canada City Alliance (CCCA). As part of CCCA, the Partnership has been collaborating with economic development agencies in some of Canada's largest cities over the past four years to address issues affecting our common economic sustainability.

United under CCCA, Canada's largest cities work together to rapidly guide international companies to Canada's best trade and investment opportunities. These cities make up 50% of Canada's economic activity and include:

  • Halifax
  • Quebec City
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto
  • Waterloo
  • Winnipeg
  • Saskatoon
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Vancouver 

For more information on CCCA, please visit: considercanada.com  

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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 installation. 

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 Virginia's Sequicetennial.


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.  More than a dozen major players are currently operating in Nova Scotia's offshore with exploration commitments totaling over $2 million billion.

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 support during the Sable Island Offshore Energy Project and the Deep Panuke Project.

Notable Halifax-based Companies Engaged in Offshore & Gas:

  • Atlantic Towing (Marine Transportation)

  • Canadian Seabed Research (Seismic Survey)
  • Encana (Production, Processing & Distribution)
  • ExxonMobil Canada (Exploration and Processing)
  • Geospectrum Technologies (Seismic Survey)
  • Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline (Transmission)
  • Martec Limited (Modeling and Forecasting)
  • McGregor GeoScience Ltd. (Survey and Planning)
  • MOOG (Exploration, Production & Processing)
  • Oceaneering Canada Ltd. (Exploration, Underwater  Intervention)
  • ODIM Brooke Ocean (Seismic Survey)
  • Seaforth GeoSurveys (Seismic Survey)
  • Secunda Canada LP - Marine Services (Marine Transportation)
  • TekMap Consulting (Seismic Survey)
  • Welaptega Marine (Exploration, Underwater Intervention)