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Port contributes nearly $2B in economic output to Halifax and province

Halifax, NS — The Port of Halifax contributed $1.97 billion to the economy of Halifax and Nova Scotia from operations in 2017-18, up 15 per cent from the previous year, according to a new economic impact report produced by Chris Lowe Planning and Management Group.

Through the Port of Halifax in 2017, Nova Scotia container exporters contributed over $2.58 billion to the province’s gross output. Combined with port operations, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on Nova Scotia’s gross output is $4.56 billion with the direct portion being $2.5 billion.

Nova Scotia self-identified businesses in 2017 exported 107,664 TEU through the Port of Halifax, an increase of 40 per cent from 2015. On average, each TEU exported is worth $24,000 to the Nova Scotia economy in terms of direct and spinoff (indirect and inducted) economic output. An export TEU of Nova Scotia seafood is worth an estimated $107,050 in direct and spinoff economic output.

“This reflects the incredible hard work and dedication of the many organizations that make up the Port of Halifax,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “Terminal operators, ocean carriers, CN Rail, the ILA workforce, marine pilots and tug operators are certainly important, but so are the tour operators, the vendors who sell at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, the trucking companies that handle cargo, the marine service companies keeping those vessels moving, and of course, the men and women working across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada involved in manufacturing, processing and logistics.”

Overall findings of the 2017/18 Port of Halifax Economic Impact Study:

  • The Port of Halifax generates $1.97 billion in economic output (up 15 per cent
  • The Port of Halifax enables Nova Scotia exporters to contribute $2.58 billion to provincial gross output (up 32 per cent
  • Combined Port of Halifax operations output and exporter output is $4.56 billion in economic output to Nova Scotia (up 25 per cent
  • $997 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (up 23 per cent
  • Each Nova Scotia export TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) moving through the Port of Halifax is worth $24,000 in direct and spinoff (indirect and induced) economic output to the Nova Scotia economy (no significant change)
  • An average export TEU of Nova Scotia seafood is worth $107,050 in direct and spinoff economic output to the economy of Nova Scotia (up 45 per cent
  • 14,965 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs from port operations (up 20 per cent
  • 23,968 FTE jobs derived from Nova Scotia container exporters (no significant change)
  • 38,932 total FTE jobs (up 5 per cent
  • $715 million wages and salaries resulting from port activity (up 22 per cent

The full report is posted to the Port of Halifax website and can be found at