Defence, Security & Aerospace


Defence, security & aerospace is one of Nova Scotia's fastest growing industries - grabbing the attention of companies around the world.

Nova Scotia has a strong, diverse defence, security & aerospace industry that generates $600 million in annual revenues and has a workforce of more than 6,000.

Add the Department of National Defence (DND) to the mix, with an additional workforce of 9,000 and annual revenues of $1 billion, and you will see why Nova Scotia can compete with jurisdictions worldwide.

The province is well-suited for the industry and already has expertise in the areas of:

  • Ship and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO);
  • Shipbuilding and naval technologies;
  • Advanced manufacturing and electronics;
  • IT application development and simulation;
  • Research and development.

Nova Scotia is home to more than 40% of Canada’s military assets. With 3 Canadian Forces Bases located in the province, Nova Scotia is part of Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT)—the largest Naval presence in Canada.

The province also has 3 shipyards, 4 seaports and 17 commercial and industrial airports located across the province that will meet your building, repair and transportations needs.

You’ll be in good company. An impressive and diverse group of companies call Nova Scotia home.

Learn more about the advantages of doing business in Nova Scotia including our talented workforce, competitive costs, strategic location, world-class infrastructure, incentives and quality of life.

DEFSEC 2012 Presentation

Presented by Peter Studer, Harte Studer Business Development Ltd.