City Profile

Nova Scotia
Population: 450,586

  • Halifax has the third highest percentage of natural parkland as a percentage of total parkland at 73%
  • Halifax sits above the average amount of parkland relative to population with 12.7 hectares of parkland per thousand people.
  • Halifax is one of 72% of cities that has a climate change action plan that includes parks.
  • Halifax’s 2021 parks and recreation budget received a boost. Part of the funding will go towards supporting outdoor events and performances as part of COVID-19 recovery.
  • Halifax is developing a Playing Field Strategy, with a final draft expected in 2021, to guide the future of sports fields and ball diamonds over the next 15 years to ensure facilities best meet community needs.
  • The city crafted a fact sheet on The Benefits of Nature to support one of their 2018 Green Network Plan objectives of promoting parks and open spaces for health and well-being. The webpage connects Haligonians with opportunities to explore nature in the city through several local organizations.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

5721 ha of total parkland



of total parkland is natural area

4185 total ha



of total city land is parkland

592,700 ha of total city area



dog parks.


Community gardens/urban farms


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person

$12,281,900 total



Total parks capital budget


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

10% of subdivision type development site or cash-in-lieu

¹2019 data ²75% of the area is undeveloped, containing vast areas of crown land and lakes, which yields a very small percentage of parkland. ³Includes dedicated seasonal off-leash areas. ⁴Excludes salaries/wages.

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