Core Partners

Our Core Partners make up the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Each partner has a wealth of transportation planning knowledge and experience. Each Core Partner owns, operates, or funds transportation in the region, and have existing plans, strategies, and studies that are important to, dependant on, or that will inform the Regional Transportation Plan

Progress on existing initiatives and advancing new projects is key to building momentum and addressing current transportation issues.

An aerial of Bedford Highway near the Windsor Street exchange. Cars and trucks travel inbound and outbound. The container pier and railway, along with the Bedford Basin, are seen in the background.
A blue transport truck travels on Highway 102 in fall.

Nova Scotia Department of Public Works   

The Nova Scotia Department of Public Works (NSDPW) is responsible for provincial transportation infrastructure, including provincial highways, roads, and bridges. NSDPW owns and operates the 100-series highway system which is made up of several major freeways in the region (Highway 101, 102, 103, 107, 111, 118), along with several other secondary highways within the municipality.   

Two people cycle on the multi-use pathway next to Lake Banook in fall. A person runs next to them on the boardwalk.

Halifax Regional Municipality   

The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is the largest municipality in Nova Scotia and encompasses the primary area of focus from a transportation infrastructure perspective. HRM is responsible for regional and community land use planning, municipal transportation infrastructure, and operates the municipality’s transit service.  

The MacDonald Bridge at dusk facing towards north end Dartmouth as seen from Halifax.

Halifax Harbour Bridges  

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) is a provincial Crown corporation that is responsible for the construction, operations, and maintenance of the two suspension bridges that cross Halifax Harbour – the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge and the A. Murray MacKay Bridge, including several ancillary structures and roadways along the bridge corridors. The MacKay Bridge is the only option that commercial trucks can use to cross the harbour and is expected to require full rehabilitation or replacement within the next 20 years. HHB also maintains authority over any future bridge or tunnel structures crossing the harbour limits, including the Northwest Arm, although no such bridge or tunnel currently exists.   

An aerial of ONE Helsinki, stacked three to four tall with brightly coloured shipping containers. Three large cranes are visible in the background.

Halifax Port Authority   

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is a federally regulated Crown incorporated, autonomous, non-share corporation that operates at arm’s length from the federal government. HPA is responsible for managing various port facilities in the Halifax Harbour. The Port of Halifax is the 4th busiest port in Canada and strategically located as North America’s first inbound and last outbound gateway and is situated in a naturally deep, ice-free harbour with direct access to the Canadian National Railway (CN).   

Airport LED lighting 2022 Alt Text: An aerial of Halifax Stanfield International Airport during a vibrant sunset.

Halifax International Airport Authority   

The Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is a non-share capital corporation established to operate, maintain, and develop Halifax Stanfield International Airport under a ground lease with the Government of Canada through Transport Canada. Halifax Stanfield is Atlantic Canada’s principal full-service airport, handling 52% of all Atlantic Canada air passengers and more than 46% of air cargo exports, thus providing passengers and cargo clients with direct access to markets across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Asia.   

An intersection in New Ross. A motorcyclist travels toward the camera, a car travels away from the camera, and a truck carrying Christmas trees waits at a stop sign.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency   

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is a federal department that works with businesses, organizations, and communities to fuel economic development in Atlantic Canada. ACOA represents the region’s interest at the national level and works with other departments to ensure coordination of policies and programs. 

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