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The Halifax Gateway Strategic Plan


Loading air cargo at Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Developed in consultation with Gateway stakeholders and members the Halifax Gateway Council’s (HGC) 2010-2015 Strategic Plan: Building the Halifax Gateway highlights the role of the Gateway as a major transportation hub for the movement of goods and people to and from the east coast of North America.


It also recognizes the economic and social benefits of the Halifax Gateway for Canada as a nation and as a key component of Canada’s greater transportation system and network.


To be the preferred eastern Gateway for North America for the economic and social benefit of Canada.

Realizing the Vision

To attain this vision, the Halifax Gateway must be competitive and able to offer shippers and travelers superior service, connections, value and efficiency.
Over the next five years, the Halifax Gateway Council will focus on achieving five overarching goals:

  1. Ensuring the Halifax Gateway offers efficient transportation networks to meet shipping and travel needs;
  2. Improving Halifax Gateway infrastructure to capitalize on gateway related business opportunities;
  3. Ensuring government policy supports gateway development and that barriers to trade and travel are minimized; 
  4. Establishing the Halifax Gateway brand nationally and internationally; and
  5. Coordinating with the myriad of gateway councils and organizations in Atlantic Canada and supporting the Atlantic Gateway Strategy.

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Loaded cargo ship leaving the Port of Halifax

2013-2014 Highlights

Maximize Mega Projects
  • APEC research study described impact of $115B in Mega Projects on region. 
  • Mega Projects map created to promote investments in Atlantic Canada 
  • Mega Project awareness event with industry panel held in Mississauga 
  • Events in Brussels, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Dusseldorf-Neuss to raise awareness of Mega Projects 
  • Mega Projects map distributed to all Canadian Embassies in European Union
  • Maximize Free Trade Agreements 
  • Delivered a Gateway mission to Europe focused on CETA messaging and awareness: Amsterdam, Brussels, Antwerp, Dusseldorf-Neuss
  • CETA Cold Chain mapping brochure created and translated for Vietnamese Market
  • Hosted delegation from China briefed on the benefits of doing business with Halifax Gateway
  • Presented to the CIIT Parliamentary Standing Committee on early opportunities from CETA
  • Halifax Logistics Park
  • Grand Opening Celebration during Halifax Port Days held for Nova Cold Storage, a new temperature control facility in Halifax Logistics Park 
  • Undertook one-on-one Business Development Tours of Halifax Logistics Park
  • Development of the Halifax Logistics Park business case
  • Development of lead generation opportunities
  • Amour Transportation highlighted as a success story in HLP
  • Participation at, and sponsor of, Cargo Logistics Canada Trade Show in Vancouver 
  • Development of Halifax Gateway trade booth
  • Participation in Halifax Port Days raised profile of HLP
  • Increased Air Access
  • Presented to key Canadian airlines officials to build further community relations 
  • Presented to Europe AirPost and secured their commitment to providing direct flights between Halifax, Glasgow and Paris
  • Europe AirPost campaign promoted new direct flights from Halifax to Paris and Glasgow
  • Refinement of business case to support Air Route Development Strategy
  • Provided marketing support to Icelandair for continued growth and retention of flights 
  • Supported Globetrotter's 4-Seasons magazines with article and ads to encourage travel between Germany and Halifax
  • Marketing support for Air Canada's London Heathrow flight
  • 2013-2014 Stats
    • 8.6 million metric tonnes of cargo moved through port
    • Over 250,000 cruise passengers visited Halifax
    • HIAA welcomed 3.6 million air passengers
    • Air cargo reached more than 29,000 metric tonnes