Transportation & Logistics


The hub of the Atlantic Gateway

  • Halifax is Atlantic Canada’s hub city, generating 17% of the combined GDP of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • As the heart of Atlantic Canada's Gateway, Halifax is the transload hub for imports destined to the Midwest and Central Canada.
  • The Halifax Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Port of Halifax, two post-Panamax container terminals, CN Rain, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure. Read more about Halifax Gateway assets and its competitive advantages.
Why choose Halifax?
  • Halifax is strategically located between major North American, European and Asian markets. Halifax is 1,500 nautical miles closer to India via the Suez Canal than any other North American west coast port, and one full day closer to Southeast Asia than any other North American east coast container port.
  1. Flights from Halifax to New York, Boston and Montreal are less than two hours;
  2. Two hours faster by air to Europe than any other North American destination;
  3. New York and Boston are one day away by sea;
  4. Chicago can be reached by rail in three days.

  • Halifax is Canada’s smart city. Halifax has among the highest ratios of educational facilities to population in North America, with six universities offering a multitude of undergraduate and graduate programs. More than 30,000 students are enrolled at these universities every year, while some 6,550 earn degrees and certificates. This is in addition to the 10,688 students across Nova Scotia who attend the Nova Scotia Community College, as well as students graduating from universities in nearby provinces.
  • Competitive business costs. Halifax offers more competitive business costs compared to other cities:

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  • Major incentives. Whether starting, relocating or expanding a business, you can benefit from a number of incentives at both the federal and provincial level to help you invest in Halifax. We’ll be glad to assist you in identifying the ones that best suit your needs.
  1. Nova Scotia Payroll Rebate
  2. Capital Investment Incentive and Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive.
  3. ACOA's Atlantic Innovation Fund
  4. ACOA's Business Development Program (BDP)
  5. NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  6. The Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program
  7. Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP)
  • Deep, ice-free port with spare capacity and post-Panamax vessel handling capabilities
  1. The first port of call for westbound, and last port of call for eastbound voyages.
  2. The closest major port to Europe, in close proximity to the Great Circle Route - one full day faster to Europe than other North American east coast container ports.
  3. The preferred connection with Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
  4. Deepest container berths on the East Coast of North America.
  5. Infrastructure to handle full laden post-Panamax vessels, and with capacity to triple container volumes. The Port handled 435,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in 2010.
  6. Called by 10 of the world's top 15 container lines.
  7. More scheduled liner services and direct calls to more continents than any other Canadian port.
  8. Home to Autoport, one of North America's Largest vehicle processing and transhipment facilities.
  9. Site of six grain towers, capable of delivering 50,000 bushels of grain per hour.
  10. Imperial Oil Wharves enables coastal and foreign-going tanker vessels to load and discharge oil at wharves connected to its refinery pipeline.
  11. More than a million sq. ft. of transload, distribution and warehouse space.
  12. Harmonized security regulations with the US, and the US-bound cargo pre-screened on dock by U.S. Customs officials.



  • Airport with US pre-clearance and ample refrigerated cargo handling capacity
  1. Rated by passengers as the Best Airport in the World in its class (under 5 million) in 2010, for the seventh year in a row.
  2. Used by 16 commercial airlines and five scheduled cargo airlines.
  3. 8,800 foot-long runway currently being extended to 10,500 feet.
  4. More than 28 metric tons of cargo and 3.5 million passengers moved in 2010.
  5. Located adjacent to the Aerotech Business Park, a municipally run business park catering to the local aerospace and defence industry.
  6. 40,000 square foot multi-tenant cargo facility with direct airside access that includes a 12,000 sq.ft. temperature controlled space.
  7. The only US preclearance facility in Atlantic Canada, 24/7 Canada Customs services, and NEXUS and CANPASS programs for frequent travelers.
  1. Located in Burnside Park - the largest business park north of Boston and east of Montreal with over 1,500 hundred enterprises and over 15,000 employees.
  2. Next to five 100-series highways providing quick access to and from the region. 10-15 minutes to urban centre of Halifax, the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and the Port of Halifax.
  3. New lots of serviced acreage are available for immediate acquisition. Lots can be customized to fit your distribution needs.
  4. Established facilities offer extensive cross-docking capabilities for efficient consolidation of shipments from 40ft containers to 53ft trailers.


Industry Voices

“This investment in our Halifax facility demonstrates our commitment to providing our existing and future customers with specialized services, including those specifically designed to service the Port of Halifax and beyond. We are situated in the perfect location to meet this growth.”

Wesley Armour
President and CEO
Armour Transportation

“Halifax is a competitive advantage, the workforce is very stable, and goods flow seamlessly.”

Jody Fitzpatrick
Associate VP Intern. Transp. & Operations Support
Canadian Tire

“Nova Scotia is an ideal location for Clarke’s head office. Not only does it offer the lifestyle and talent pool we seek, the excellent infrastructure base and cost-effective business climate will generate additional efficiencies and opportunities for the company.”

George Armoyan
President & CEO
Clarke Inc.

“We are pleased to offer our guests the opportunity to explore the magic of Halifax and its surrounding areas as part of our five-night cruises up the New England Coast. We believe our guests are going to love this experience.”

Karl Holz
Disney Cruise Line

“The fact you have U.S. Customs pre-clearance in Halifax will make trips through Philadelphia very easy.”

Michael Schmeltzer
Managing Director of Passenger Sales
US Airways