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Facts and Opportunity

Facts

  • Nova Scotia exported $792 million to China in 2018
  • Seafood exports to China were $505 million in 2018
  • 41% of Nova Scotia’s international students are from China
  • 3500 Chinese students study in Nova Scotia annually
  • Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre has performed more than 170 performances in China
  • The Port of Halifax has the capacity, water depth and infrastructure to handle the largest vessels afloat, as well as two super post-Panamax container terminals
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport has an on-site, cold storage facility and a runway that can accommodate large cargo and passenger planes

Seafood

Nova Scotia is Canada’s leading seafood exporter with $2.0 billion sold to global markets in 2018. A total of $525 million, most of which is lobster, shrimp and crab, is bound for the Chinese market. Products from Nova Scotia are assured to be safe and of the highest quality, meeting recognized global certifications and sustainability harvested.

Energy and Mines

We manage and promote our province’s energy and mineral resources to achieve optimum economic, social, and environmental value from these sectors. It is estimated there are more than 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and eight billion barrels of oil offshore of Nova Scotia. In 2017, there were 12 actively producing mines in the province, generating $125.8 million in market value – much of which was for export.” We are home to companies with proven capabilities in environmental research, resource assessment, fabrication, and innovative design in the tidal energy sector. Plus, Nova Scotia is a major hub for offshore resupply, servicing several offshore platform operations.

Tourism

Tourism is a $2.6 billion industry in Nova Scotia. It contributes $158 million in provincial government revenue and $2.2 billion in tourism-related GDP. Nova Scotia’s tourism industry employs 39,000 people. China is an important market for our tourism growth strategy, with a focus on attracting high-value, independent travelers. Nova Scotia offers 13,300 km of coastline and beautiful, natural landscapes, seafood, dark skies, and uncrowded spaces that are easy to explore.

Ocean Technology

Nova Scotia is a world leader in the oceans sector. Our universities and community colleges have proven strength in marine industries, and our workforce is recognized for its knowledge and ability. The sector itself is diverse including goods and service providers engaged in ocean technology, fisheries and aquaculture, life sciences and ocean observation, shipbuilding and marine defence, transportation, tourism, and both extractive and renewable energy. Local companies in the sector often serve two or more of these industries.

Information Technology (IT)

Nova Scotia is home to a diversified Information Communication and Digital Media sector that includes approximately 800 companies and a strong start-up community with systems to support industry development. The Dalhousie University Institute for Big Data Analytics was Canada’s first Big Data Academic Research Centre.

Education

Nova Scotia’s excellent post-secondary education sector produces a skilled workforce with expertise in high technology sectors and significant capacity for research and development. China is one of Nova Scotia’s top education partners. There are several Memoranda of Understanding between Chinese and Nova Scotian government departments, universities, and educators to facilitate student mobility and academic cooperation. The province’s curriculum is being taught in a number of Chinese schools giving students a unique opportunity to earn a Nova Scotia high school diploma. Nova Scotia’s language schools and e-learning companies have a proven track record and are well positioned for the Chinese market.


reference from: https://novascotia.ca/china/


 
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