Once simply know as Halifax, on one side of the harbour, has now the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). HRM is the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in the province. As a result of amalgamation in 1996, HRM consists of Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville and all the former County of Halifax areas such as Fall River, Hammonds Plains, Timberlea and numerous other communities.
Halifax is the economic centre of Nova Scotia and represents more than half of the province’s economy. The city’s economy is largely based on private and public services which provides a stable economic base to the area. Some of the major employers include the Department of National Defence, the Capital District Health Authority, a few major universities including Dalhousie and St. Mary’s University, and Nova Scotia Power Incorporated. A capital naval shipbuilding program for the construction of ships for the Royal Canadian Navy is expected to be an economic boost to the region.