Nova Scotia, which literally means New Scotland in Latin, is one of the maritime provinces of Canada. It is the smallest province in the country, apart from Prince Edward Island. However despite its small size, it is one of the most densely populated provinces in Canada. The capital of the province is Halifax, which is a major commercial and economic center. Halifax is frequently placed on top of many ‘best cities to live in’ lists. Nova Scotia mainland comprises of the Nova Scotia Peninsula and around 3800 little coastal islands that surround it.
There are a number of options available for getting around Nova Scotia, including driving your own car, carpooling, cycling, or taking the public transit. Halifax Transit, the public transportation service runs more than 300 buses, which services more than 60 routes. The service also runs four passenger ferries, which cater to two routes. Nova Scotia also has a number of designated cycling lanes to provide safe cycling options to cyclists.
On account of its proximity to the ocean Nova Scotia, enjoys a combination of maritime and continental climates. Summers are generally shorter and cooler than the national average, while winters are colder. Most parts of Nova Scotia see heavy snowfall throughout winter. Nova Scotia is also notorious for its fogs, with its capital city Halifax encountering 100 days of fog or mist in a year.
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The province of Nova Scotia legally mandates that all children above the age of six, should attend school until the age of 16. Parents are also given the option of home-schooling their children. Nova Scotia has eight public school boards overseeing more than 400 public schools across the province giving a wide variety of options for schooling your children. Public boards in Nova Scotia also arrange for coaching children in English language and take other appropriate measures to help the students to integrate faster into the school system.
Nova Scotia with its idyllic locales, amidst the blue waters of the gulf, and its verdant countryside, has been an inspiration to many an artist. The province is well recognized as a hub for cultural and artistic excellence. The capital city Halifax is home to many art galleries and historic buildings distinguished for their Victorian style of architecture. The city also hosts many international festivals such as the Atlantic Film Festival, The Atlantic Jazz Festival and the Nocturne Festival. Nova Scotia has a vast number of historical sites and protected areas. The province is home to two national parks Kejimkujik and Cape Breton Highlands. The first UNESCO recognized starlight reserve was opened in Nova Scotia in south western Nova Scotia, offering conditions for observing the starry night sky without light pollution, and is a popular tourist destination.
The labor market in Nova Scotia is expected to peak in the coming years. The province is facing a serious labor shortage as a slow growth in population is leading to a fall in labor force. The Government is planning to reopen the Nova Scotia Express Entry Stream - The Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP) to welcome new immigrants to the province. The government of Nova Scotia hopes to fill 1350 posts in the coming year through the NSNP. Many top tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Deltaware Systems have a presence in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is also home to many mid-level and local companies, which are looking to hire immigrants with relevant skill sets.
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