About Us 

The Joint Regional Transportation Agency (JRTA) is a provincial Crown corporation tasked with long-range strategic transportation planning across the Halifax and surrounding communities.

A key deliverable for the JRTA is the development and execution of the Regional Transportation Plan.

There’s no doubt that this will be challenging work, but the JRTA won’t be doing it alone. The first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, the Agency sits in a unique position to work across jurisdictions and levels of government to promote collaboration. This provides a long-range lens for the regional transportation system to help maximize the impact of investments and cost-shared funding opportunities.

Aerial of Lunenburg's waterfront facing toward the city at sunset in winter.


Championing regional collaboration to advance transportation solutions through
joint planning, partnerships, data-driven analysis, and strategic investments. 


Plan for all modes of transportation consistent with the region’s growth and
development to ensure the safe, efficient, and coordinated movement of people
and goods.

Halifax Transit Route 320 Airport travels on Highway 102.

Regional Transportation Plan

To achieve our mandate, we’re developing a Regional Transportation Plan. 



Nova Scotia archived a major milestone in 2021 – the province surpassed a population of one million people, following a period of record growth. 


Over 63% of the population of Nova Scotia live within the Regional Transportation Plan study area.  


Between 2016 and 2021 Halifax’s downtown core increased in population by 26%.

Halifax and surrounding communities have been growing at a rapid pace recently, growing 4.5% from 2021-2022. This pace of growth has exceeded even the most optimistic population growth rates and represents some of the most significant growth in Canadian municipalities.  

Population and economic growth are key priorities for the province. The Government of Nova Scotia has identified a target to double the province’s population to two million people by 2060, with much of that growth expected in Halifax and the surrounding communities. Planning for such growth requires collaboration across all levels of government, businesses, communities, and interest groups and a long-term strategy to ensure the region’s transportation system can support this in a sustainable and resilient manner.   

Halifax is the main service and economic hub of the province and a critical connection in the region’s transportation system. As a port city, Halifax also functions as an important gateway and regional trade corridor for freight travelling by sea, air, and ground. The region includes transportation infrastructure and services under the jurisdiction of all levels of government, managed by different organizations and agencies. This creates both challenges and opportunities for planning and developing a coordinated regional transportation system.  

To address the challenges associated with a multi-jurisdictional transportation system, the Government of Nova Scotia passed Bill No. 61 in the fall of 2021 to establish the Joint Regional Transportation Agency (JRTA). 

Our Team

The Joint Regional Transportation Agency has a small, dedicated team. Our team is responsible for furthering our mandate, engaging with stakeholders and the public, and working alongside our partners to improve our transportation system.  

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