Halifax is a place where people want to live and work

A “City of the Future.” Halifax ranked second in the large cities category for “Large Cities of the Future” in FDI Magazine’s 2010/2011 ranking of cities across the Americas. The city ranked 1st for quality of life and 6th for infrastructure. 


No matter where you are in Halifax, you are never far from the ocean. The commercial heart of Halifax is on the water, and there is no shortage of beaches in the municipality itself. Lawrencetown Beach is where the surfers hang out, and boasts some of the best winter surfing in the world. Crystal Crescent Beach, about a half-hour's drive from downtown, is widely appreciated as the favourite beach of Haligonians. Meanwhile, Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most photographed tourist attraction, is a 45-minute drive from downtown.

Find out more about Halifax Ocean, Recreation and Outdoor experiences.



Food and Nightlife

With the second-most bars per capita of any city in Canada, there is no shortage of venues to experience the city’s old and new music, from traditional Celtic to new alternative.

Visit Destination Halifax for a list of the top Halifax Food and Nightlife experiences.


Affordable living

The average home price in Halifax is $261,638 (February 2011), well below the national average of $365,192 and that of Canada’s other major cities.

General Cost of Housing


A commitment to the environment


Halifax Regional Municipality is committed to ensuring a healthy, vibrant and sustainable community.

  • HRM recently completed the Harbour Solutions Project, a $333 million infrastructure initiative to treat all sanitary sewage in the former cities of Halifax and Dartmouth. After decades of being closed to swimmers, harbour beaches are open again.
  • A pesticide use reduction program and composting and recycling programs have been established.
  • Several municipal buildings are being retrofitted with geothermal energy.
  • The municipality requires that certain types of new roads include bike lanes.
  • According to the 2006 ‘Households and Environment Survey’ from Statistics Canada, 68% of residents in Greater Halifax compost, this figure is the highest in Canada, with the national average being 25%.


Nova Scotia Environment and Labour works to protect our environment as well as our citizens in their work, home and play environments. The department does this through proactive and responsible planning, regulations and programs. About 12 percent of the electricity we use everyday in Nova Scotia comes from renewable energy sources. For more information, please go to Nova Scotia’s Environment and Labour website.


Nova Scotia Power (NSP) is a leader in renewable energy in Canada. NSP owns and operates one of only three tidal power plants in the world. Nova Scotia Power is also a leader in wind energy, with the most wind turbines installed east of Québec.

Renewable Energy comes from sources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass, which are replenished naturally and rapidly. By using more of these energy options in our fuel mix, we are adding cleaner, greener sources of electricity.