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Nova Scotia Natural Resources

Harness Nova Scotia’s natural resources: clean technology, mining, energy, forestry and more

Nova Scotia provides access to the largest tides in the world, a wealth of minerals and resources, and researchers that are attracting global attention.

Leading companies have chosen to harness Nova Scotia’s abundance of natural resources through business opportunities and related research and development. Areas of interest include clean technology, mining, energy, and forest products.

  • The Bay of Fundy pushes more than 100 billion tonnes of water every tide—more than all the freshwater rivers and streams in the world combined. 
  • Nova Scotia uses a one-window regulatory process that provides clarity and timely service to mining companies.

Strategic location
Geopolitical stability, active government support, state-of-the-art infrastructure, cost-competitiveness, and quality of life make Nova Scotia an attractive place to grow your operations. Other benefits include:

  • competitive access to natural gas
  • a world-class workforce 
  • technical and professional programs offered by 10 universities and 13 community college campuses
  • deep water, ice-free ports with the capacity to handle the largest ships in the world
  • a time zone that allows you to do business with Europe and Western North America in the same day
  • more than 50 major commercial and industrial properties with the capacity to house new tenants

Clean technology

Nova Scotia's clean technology industry attracts considerable international attention, making it easier for us to engage in significant research and development activities and large-scale projects that make use of our natural resources.

Wind energy
With some of the highest average wind speeds in Canada, ranging up to speeds of + 9.51m/s, a wind turbine placed in Nova Scotia can produce large amounts of cost-effective power. View our clean tech infographic for more details.

Tidal energy
The Bay of Fundy pushes more than 100 billion tonnes of water every tide - more than all the freshwater rivers and streams in the world combined. Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy is located in Nova Scotia—the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy. View our clean tech infographic for more details.

Solar energy
A great location to use solar energy, Solar Nova Scotia has indicated the growth rate in solar PV installed capacity in Nova Scotia has averaged 80% per year for the past five years.

Energy storage research
Tesla Motors, along with Dalhousie University’s Canada Research Chair, Dr. Jeff Dahn, have an exclusive partnership developing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. This is the first partnership of its kind between Tesla and a Canadian University.


Nova Scotia has more than 300 years of in-depth experience in the mining sector and employs close to 5,000 highly-skilled people in this industry. 

Nova Scotia has a streamlined environmental assessment process and proven success with aboriginal consultation.

The Province provides a Department of Natural Resources with accessible, free geoscience expertise, regulatory coordination, and a state-of-the-art, map-based Internet mineral rights registry

Nova Scotia offers attractive payroll generating incentives, and the Nova Scotia Mineral Incentive Program (NSMIP).

Nova Scotia fosters an environment dedicated to success and facilitating long-term partnerships between industry, academia, and government. 

View our mining infographic for more information.


There are currently $2 billion in committed offshore oil and gas projects in Nova Scotia with internationally recognized investors such as Shell and BP.

Forest products

Nova Scotia is rich in forests. It has a long history of sustainable forest management balancing the economic, environmental, and social benefits of our natural resources. Our forest sector is a major employer producing pulp, paper, lumber, wood products, and energy biomass. This allows for opportunities to build on our competitiveness by employing our highly-skilled workforce to produce products for world markets.

Heavy industrial manufacturing

Nova Scotia's manufacturing infrastructure connectivity and logistics facilities make it the ideal choice for servicing Europe and North America. This is just one of the reasons industrial manufacturing products like tires and other industrial products such as plastics and metal fabrication are leading exports, behind seafood, in Nova Scotia.

Strategic location

Nova Scotia's strategic location between Europe and North America, infrastructure connectivity, logistics facilities, and competitive costs make it an ideal location for companies with high levels of exports.


Nova Scotia Business Inc. has a team of experts dedicated to helping Nova Scotia companies enter and continue to pursue growth in markets around the world. Our export and trade programs help your company take full advantage of the province's capabilities in shipping and logistics.

Transportation & logistics advantages


    • Halifax is the closest North American container port to Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Suez Canal.
    • In Halifax, European cargo arrives two days faster than any other east coast port.
    • Efficient intermodal connections to key markets in Central Canada and the US Midwest have cargo arriving up to five days faster than other port gateways.
    • For more than 250 years, ports in Nova Scotia have been a cornerstone of economic activity for the city, the region, and the province.

    CN is recognized as a leader in the industry, offering competitive transportation solutions designed to meet the needs of customers from across North America and overseas.

    1,200 kilometres of primary highways link to 22,000 kilometres of secondary roads. With an ever-expanding four-lane highway system, Nova Scotia has direct road links to the rest of Canada and North America.


    • Halifax Stanfield International Airport is the largest airport in Atlantic Canada, with more than 3.5 million passengers, 87,000 flights and 29,263 metric tonnes of cargo in 2011.
    • The closest major mainland airport to Europe, Halifax Stanfield International Airport is just over five hours to London, two hours to New York and Toronto, and three hours to Chicago.
    • The airport’s 1,500 foot runway can accommodate the largest planes.

    Export markets

    According to Trade Data Online, the following are Nova Scotia's export markets for the natural resource sector:

    • United States
    • Trinidad & Tobago
    • Cuba
    • Bahamas
    • Bermuda

    Priority markets

    According to Global Affairs Canada, there are export opportunities for the sector in the following markets:

    • Sustainable technologies: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, European Free Trade Association, European Union, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, United States
    • Mining: Australia, Burkina Faso, Burma, Chile, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, European Union, Ghana, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United States, Zambia 
    • Forestry and wood products: European Union, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United States, Uruguay 
    • Oil & gas: Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Burma, China, Colombia, European Free Trade Association, European Union, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam

    You'll be in good company