Key Facts

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Nova Scotia Statistics

  • Population: 948,458 (2014)
  • Employment: 455,500 (2012)
  • Unemployment Rate: 9% (2012)
  • GDP ($millions): $32,842.9 (2012)
  • CPI: 125.1 (2012)
Sources: NovaScotia.ca, NovaScotia.ca,
StatsCan

 

Languages Spoken (2011):

  • English: 836,085
  • French: 31,105
  • Non-official languages: 37,090
Sources: NovaScotia.ca, StatsCan


Immigrant Status Foreign Born Population (2011): 

  • 48,245
Source: StatsCan


Taxes/Incentives:  

  • 15% fully refundable R&D Credit
  • Small Business Tax Reduction
  • No Payroll Tax 
  • New Business Tax Holiday
  • 15% Harmonized Sales Tax
  • Energy Rebate Program
  • First-Time Home Buyers HST Rebate
  • Foreign Conventions and Tour Package


Key Sectors 2006, percentage of total employment: 

  • Community, Business & Personal Services 21.3%
  • Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Renting & Leasing 7.0%
  • Trade 17.5%
  • Public Administration 26.8%
  • Manufacturing 12.7%
  • Resource Industries 3.3%
  • Construction 6.4%
  • Transportation and warehousing 5.1%


Business Statistics in Millions (year-to-date): 

  • Retail trade: 2,267.6 (2012)
  • Wholesale trade: 1,420.5 (2012)
  • Construction: 1,829 (2012)
  • Imports: 6,630 (2012)
  • Exports(Domestic): 3,790 (2012)
  • Exports (Foreign): 3,849 (October 2012)
Sources: StatsCan, NS Tourism (PDF)


Social Statistics: 

  • Health: 50 hospitals (2011)
  • Education: 128,131 Elementary and Secondary School Enrolment (2010/11)
  • Justice: 1,110 Police and RCMP Officers per 100,000 population
*All statistics from the Nova Scotia Department of Finance – Economics & Statistics Division

 

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