Congratulations to Irving Shipbuilding and all of its employees for proving that Nova Scotia is ready to build the best . This is a defining moment in Nova Scotia's history. The future starts here.”
This multi billion dollar project will certainly see a major change in the demographics of all of Nova Scotia, including Liverpool. In the past hundreds of Nova Scotia's youthful citizens migrated west for employment; with their new learned skills and certifications there are great career choices for them to return home to.
- The contract, estimated at $25 billion, will help the province turn a corner on 20 years of slow economic growth in Atlantic Canada.
- It will mean an additional 11,500 jobs for Nova Scotians and will increase the province's GDP by almost $900 million during peak production years.
- The Canadian economy is expected to grow by $1.5 billion, and 4,500 jobs will be created outside of Nova Scotia.
- The merits of Nova Scotia's bid were clearly outlined in the Ships Start Here campaign, designed to build support across the country and awareness locally.
- More than 10,000 people across the country pinned messages of encouragement for Irving's bid on the canadianshipsstarthere.ca map, and thousands of lawns were marked with Ships Start Here signs.
- The campaign websites received close to one million views.
- The premier also thanked the leaders and organizations within the Ships Start Here partnership for their united support of Irving's bid.
- The partnership, made up of 70 organizations such as Nova Scotia Community College, Greater Halifax Partnership, and the Federation of Labour, will now mobilize to ensure the province can make the most of this opportunity and meet the demand for labour.
- Irving Shipbuilding will enter contract negotiations with the federal government with hopes of starting shipbuilding production as early as late 2012.
- Halifax Shipyard has been in operation since 1889.
- Irving Shipbuilding has built tugs and offshore supply vessels for clients at home and around the world, as well as 80 per cent of Canada's current surface combat fleet.
NOVA SCOTIANS BUILDING THE FUTURE TOGETHER