Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast: Nova Scotia—Summer 2019

The Conference Board of Canada, 51 pages, August 24, 2019
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This quarterly economic forecast for the province of Nova Scotia examines the economic outlook for the province, including gross domestic product (GDP), output by industry and labour market conditions.

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  • At 2.0 per cent, Nova Scotia is on track this year to see its strongest real GDP growth in a decade.
  • Despite an aging population, solid international migration will continue to keep the province’s population growth on positive ground over the medium term.
  • Job growth in the province is expected to gain 2.7 per cent this year, outpacing the national average.
  • The Nova Scotia government will increase health care spending over fiscal 2019–20, with large capital funds being allocated to hospital redevelopments in both Halifax and Cape Breton.
  • Non-residential investment spending is forecast to improve over the near term, as construction work on the Goldboro liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is expected to begin in 2021.
  • Nova Scotia’s trade outlook is optimistic. Upgrades to airport cargo facilities will help the province meet the growing demand for its lobster and seafood exports.

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