Job market

With five key regions and everything from small towns to growing cities, Nova Scotia has a variety of industries and businesses to choose from.

Nova Scotia has one of Canada’s fastest growing information and communications technology sectors.


Halifax is Nova Scotia’s capital city and largest urban metropolis. Employment here is dominated by the service sector. This accounts for over 85% of jobs – significantly higher than the rest of the province. Other industries such as health care are also growing strong.

Annapolis Valley

The Annapolis Valley has been experiencing a rise in full-time job opportunities – a positive indicator of growth in the area. This region is dominated by agriculturally-driven sectors and construction.

Northern Nova Scotia

Northern Nova Scotia is another region where most employment is in the service-producing industries. The goods industry also accounts for one quarter of employment.

Southern Nova Scotia

Strong sectors of this region, such as the goods sector, have been experiencing employment increases. Construction, forestry, fishing, mining, and oil and gas also continue to be opportunity sectors for this area.

Cape Breton

Cape Breton Island is experiencing gains in both full and part time employment. Health care and social service sectors, as well as public administration have all been on the rise.