Nova Scotia has a very diverse economy that includes key industries in the service, manufacturing and mining sectors. Traditionally, many Nova Scotians made their livings from fish stocks of the Scotian Shelf. Unfortunately, however, fish resources have become endangered in recent years, heavily impacting the fishing industry. Recently, the Nova Scotia economy has successfully diversified, and with retraining many of those who had lost their jobs with the decline of the fisheries have found new jobs in Nova Scotia’s growth industries. Nova Scotia has a highly developed forestry sector as well as a highly specialized commercial agriculture sector. The mining sector is dominated by coal production. The province of Nova Scotia has recently begun to benefit from the extensive exploration of offshore oil and gas has been undertaken in the past decade. Average income for Nova Scotia ranks among the highest in terms of Maritime Provinces. The average family income for Nova Scotia is $67,910. For the Halifax area, the average family income is a fair bit higher, at $80,490, well above the Canadian average.
Standard of Living – The cost of living in Nova Scotia is quite affordable, falling below the Canadian average. Combined with the comfortable average salary in the province, Nova Scotians can afford a very high standard of living. Provincial personal income taxes are approximately 15.8%.
Nova Scotia Residential Housing – One of the key elements of Nova Scotia’s low cost of living is the affordable housing. The average price to purchase a house in the Halifax area is only $281,000, while a similar sized home in some of Canada’s other major cities can be expected to cost up to twice that amount. Suitable and affordable housing is available.
Nova Scotia Education– Nova Scotia has a comprehensive system of post-secondary education consisting of universities, technical colleges and apprenticeship programs. Nova Scotia’s undergraduate tuition fees are the highest of any province, at an average of approximately $5,500
Nova Scotia Government – The province of Nova Scotia has its own democratically-elected parliament (known as the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly) which is found in the provincial capital of Halifax. In total 52 representatives are elected to serve the interests of specific geographic areas.
|1. Licensed Practical Nurses||24. Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|2. Psychologists||25. Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)|
|3. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants||26. Information Systems Analysts and Consultants|
|4. Retail Trade Supervisors||27. Database Analysts and Data Administrators|
|5. Chefs||28. Software Engineers and Designers|
|6. Cooks||29. Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers|
|7. Dentists||30. Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|8. Pharmacists||31. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|9. Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists||32. Information systems testing technicians|
|10. Physiotherapists||33. Specialist Physicians|
|11. Occupational Therapists||34. General Practitioners and Family Physicians|
|12. Registered Nurse and registered psychiatric nurse *nurse practitioners now under 3124 Allied primary health practitioners||35. Psychologists|
|13. Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists||36. Early Childhood Educators and Assistants|
|14. Medical Radiation Technologists||37. Retail Trade Supervisors|
|15. Medical Sonographers||38. Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations|
|16. Medical Laboratory Technologist * Pathology assistants and morgue attendant supervisors moved to 3212||39. Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors|
|17. Managers in Health Care||40. Industrial Electricians|
|18. Retail and wholesale trade managers||41. Welders and related machine operators|
|19. Restaurant and Food Service Managers||42. Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics|
|20. Financial Auditors and Accountants||43. Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers|
|21. Other Financial Officers||44. Crane Operators|
|22. Civil Engineers||45. Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing|
|23. Mechanical Engineers|
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