A highly educated workforce
Our skilled, accessible, and well-educated workforce is one of Nova Scotia's greatest assets.
Canada’s highly educated workforce is recognized all over the world. With a higher proportion of college and university graduates than any other OECD country, you’ll have no problem finding people with the skills your business needs to be successful in a highly competitive world.
Nova Scotia: Canada's education capital
With 10 universities and 13 community college campuses, Nova Scotia boasts more university students and graduates per capita each year than anywhere else in Canada. In fact, more than two-thirds of Halifax’s working age population has a trade, college, or university designation.
Each year, thousands of students graduate from our nationally-acclaimed business and computer science programs, joining the loyal, talented workforce that makes Nova Scotia such a great place to do business.
Nova Scotia's universities have been awarded top honours by Maclean's Magazine Guide to Canadian Universities—ranking three of our universities in the top 10 for undergraduate universities in Canada.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. works closely with industry, academic, and government partners to provide education programs designed to meet specific industry needs.
Research and innovation
- Dalhousie University is one of Canada’s leading research universities with more than 50 Canada Research Chairs.
- Nova Scotia has the highest concentration of PhDs in marine science in the world and is home to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.
- More than 1,000 public and many private sector scientists are undertaking exciting R&D in industries like renewable energy, aerospace and defence, life sciences, and environmental studies.
Another Nova Scotia asset is our quality of life, learn more about our ocean lifestyle.