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HalifaxThis information is a guide about life in Halifax for you and your family, as new permanent residents. It may also be helpful to you if you are here as a temporary resident, a temporary foreign worker, an international student, a refugee or are just thinking about moving here from another province or country. Learning about Halifax will make your transition a little bit easier.

Newcomers to Nova Scotia may also be eligible for the Introduction to Nova Scotia program through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Introduction to Nova Scotia at ISANS covers the following topics:

 Life in Canada
 Getting Around
 Social Programs and Community Services
 Banking, Shopping and Finances
 Housing
 Health
 Education
 Employment
 Canadian Law
 Recreation and Entertainment


Nova Scotia weather can be summed up into one word – moderate. It rarely gets extremely hot or extremely cold. The daily temperature does fluctuate both by time of day and by your proximity to the ocean. If you spend the morning in Halifax, the afternoon in Wolfville and end up in Yarmouth for the evening – the weather and temperature can be quite different. Having a fleece or knit sweater on hand for easy layering will keep you comfortable wherever you are.


Rail Service

VIA Rail 888-842-7245 Service to Montreal from Halifax and Truro

Bus Service

Halifax Metro Transit 902-490-4000 (TTY 902-490-6645) Halifax-Dartmouth area
Halifax Metro Transit “Access-A-Bus” 902-490-6681 (to register); 902-490-6999 (scheduling) Wheelchair-accessible bus service in Metro area

For schedule and bus route information, click here.


For information on driving in Halifax and how to get a license, click here.

Police Services

The Halifax area is protected by the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

When to call 9-1-1

Dialing 9-1-1 is only to be used in emergency situations. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, the fire department or an ambulance. It can serve you in a variety of languages with the help of interpreters. If you know your situation is not an emergency, then call HRP’s non-emergency phone line (902-490-5020 or 902-490-5016).

Places of Worship

You will find many churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship which might be an important source of support when you first settle in Halifax. For a complete list of places to worship, click here.