Nova Centre, the largest integrated development project in Nova Scotia's history, will move forward, creating thousands of jobs, attracting thousands of new visitors, and revitalizing downtown Halifax.
The province announced today, July 12, with its federal and municipal partners, that work will begin on a new convention centre in the Nova Centre development. As well, the province, with the developer, will hold a series of public engagement sessions about the centre across the province.
"The Nova Centre will change the landscape of downtown Halifax, and also help change the economic landscape across the province," said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. "The Nova Centre will allow us to work with international business to attract bigger, better partners and organizations to the region; to look more closely at joint ventures."
In just 10 years, the convention centre is expected to generate $85 million in provincial tax revenue, which will support essential priorities like health care and education.
"This development will cement our position as the capital of Atlantic Canada," said Mr. Paris. "Nova Scotia will be home to the first convention centre in the region capable of hosting significant national and international events, events we have not been able to host in the past."
Public input is a key component of new centre's development.
Tim Merry will lead 11 public forums throughout Nova Scotia, on behalf of Rank Inc. and the province, to learn about the vision Nova Scotians have for the Nova Centre, and ensure all will benefit from the economic opportunities the convention centre will provide.
Attendees will help to identify ways the new convention centre can attract more visitors to Nova Scotia, and inspire those visitors to travel throughout the province to experience everything it has to offer.
"Every new convention Nova Scotia attracts is an opportunity to expose new audiences to our 11 universities, our competitive business climate, local products, diverse research and innovation. Every new visitor is a potential investor or a return visitor," said Mr. Paris.
The convention centre will operate under a Memorandum of Agreement between the province and Halifax regional council.
For more information on the public consultation sessions, visit http://buildyourcentre.ca .