Cost Competitiveness


Overall Operating Costs


  • Nova Scotia offers cost-competitive labour. For example, according to KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2012, Nova Scotia offers the lowest software development labour costs compared to Toronto, Waterloo, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Montreal.

Real Estate

  • Nova Scotia offers cost-competitive ‘Class A’ office and Industrial Space in Nova Scotia’s urban and suburban areas in Halifax and neighbouring cities Dartmouth and Bedford.
  • The average net lease of a ‘Class A’ facility in the CBD (downtown) area is approximately $17.93 CAD per square foot

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“With its skilled workforce, business friendly environ- ment, competitive costs, and advantageous geographical location, Nova Scotia has been a corner-stone of our Canadian operations for many years and will continue to be an important part of our growth strategy.”

Richard D. Ackerman,
Vice President–
Business Developmen