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Taking Nova Scotia to the world – bringing the world to Nova Scotia

From airports and ports, to a fully digital telecommunications system and advanced applications for computer networking on the fibre-optic highway, Nova Scotia is connected to the world.


Advancing Nova Scotia’s Gateway is a key priority of jobsHere, the government’s plan to create jobs and grow the economy. Through the Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat, Nova Scotia is positioned to take maximum advantage of global supply chain activity and to find new opportunities for our province in a changing world. 
A gateway is a system of transportation infrastructure that has a significant role in international commerce, including major ports, airports, key border crossings, and road and rail connections. Gateways move goods and commodities that are a vital part of the economy, welcome visitors, and ease the flow of travellers to their next destination. 

Nova Scotia is a traditional entry point to North America for both goods and people. Over hundreds of years, Nova Scotia has created a diverse, modern infrastructure to accommodate cargo and travellers of all descriptions: 


1,200 kilometres of National Highway System roadways linked to 22,000 kilometres of secondary roads.  Learn more about Nova Scotia's 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan.


Halifax-Stanfield International Airport serves over 3.5 million passengers (2010), moves 24,450 metric tonnes of cargo by air (2010), and is the only airport east of Montreal with United States customs pre-clearance. A recognized Transport Canada air cargo transshipment facility, Gateway Facilities ULC opened a new $15 million, multi-tenant 40,000 square foot air cargo facility, incorporating 7,000 square feet of climate-controlled space. 

Airports in Sydney and Yarmouth ensure smooth passenger links across the province. In 2011, a joint investment between the airport and the provincial and federal governments under the National Gateways and Border Crossings Fund brought about a strategically-essential runway extension at Halifax Stanfield. When completed in 2012, Halifax Stanfield will be able to land international cargo carriers and fully loaded wide body passenger aircraft, making it feasible to include Halifax in major international shipping circuits. 

Marine cargo

The Port of Halifax is a full-service port with the deepest container berths on the eastern seaboard of North America. Serving over 1,500 vessels annually, the Port offers container, break bulk, bulk and project cargo facilities. As the first inbound-last outbound port in North America, the Port of Halifax is positioned for the shortest ocean voyage for ships operating on the North American pendulum services and Suez Canal routings. Two container terminal facilities (Halterm and Ceres) are equipped with Super Post-Panamax cranes and onsite capacity of 1.2 million TEUs of container cargo, plus 1,000 reefer plugs for high-value temperature-controlled cargo. CN on-dock rail service offers daily double-stacked departures to and from Montreal, Toronto and the United States Midwest. Infrastructure improvements valued at over $100 million at the South End Container Terminal and Richmond Terminal are in progress as a part of the Port’s long-term plan to maintain and enhance port competitiveness.
The Strait of Canso Superport handled 33.5 million metric tonnes of cargo and 1,380 vessels (2009), the second-largest bulk port for tonnage throughput in Canada. Growth is focused on key commodities and cargoes. 


Over 260,000 cruise passengers on 127 vessel calls in Halifax, and 46 vessel calls in Sydney, visited in 2010. Working with the Ports of Halifax and Sydney, as well as the province’s smaller ports, the Gateway Secretariat will continue to pursue homeporting opportunities to develop the cruise sector in the province further.


There are regular, efficient rail connections to Central Canada and US Midwest. Short-line rail services are provided in Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia by the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway, and the Sydney Coal Railway in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Passenger rail service is provided by daily VIA Rail connections to Montreal. 

Value-added cargo handling

The Atlantic Gateway-Halifax Logistics Park is a multi-phase real estate development project that is dedicated to the development of logistics and warehousing activity to support the port.  Phase 1 is currently underway, comprising pf approximately 140 acres of serviced lots, of which 50 acres have been developed. It has already attracted large anchor tenants that are engaged in transloading, distribution and warehousing activities, including Consolidated Fastfrate, Armour Transportation and Mathers Logistics. The park is 10 to15 minutes from the port, adjacent to five major highways that provide quick access to and from the region, 15 minutes to the Halifax Stanfield International Airport; and 15 minutes from the Halifax Intermodal Terminal operated by CN Rail.

Hibernia Atlantic

Nova Scotia boasts a secure, reliable, and fast telecommunications infrastructure. Hibernia Atlantic is a key interconnecting hub for Canadian telecommunication service providers. Its diverse trans-Atlantic cable route is the only fast, direct connection between the US and Canada and Ireland and the UK. Hibernia is now working on a new route called Project Express, a high-speed cable that will add even more global connections for its customers and offer a direct link to New York, London, Frankfurt, Chicago, and Toronto.
Learn more about Hibernia Atlantic


Government is committed to expanding high-speed Internet access for Nova Scotians, no matter where they live. The goal is to make the province the most connected in all of North America.
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