6 Top Reasons People Don’t Like About Nova Scotia

Exploring prospects of living in Nova Scotia? Sure, there are plenty of things that feature the good side of NS or any other places meant as an immigration destination for that matter.

However, color us sensitive, but there should also be a presentation of unpleasant things that describes a destination to create a balanced set of views before concluding.

Speaking of unpleasant experiences, no place is devoid of them, and without further ado, these are what some residents don’t like about Nova Scotia.

Limited opportunities.

The provincial economy is heavily reliant on resources and relatively low on services, trading, and manufacturing sector. This means there is less variety of career options new settlers to choose from.


Some residents observed that when they moved into a park community, neighbors initially said hello and engaged in small talk. But later on, they felt the cold treatment and ignored by neighbors. Fellow newcomers from other provinces were noticeably more friendly than old-timers. The ill-treatment may also be observed in public facilities like a local grocery.

High tax rate.

Along with a few other Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia has the highest tax rate in Canada at 15%. Such a rate is challenging especially for young families who tend to consume plenty of domestic goods that are subject to sales tax. This rate won’t matter much if the services provided are adequate (more on this next). The high tax rate imposed in the province makes it less attractive to new immigrants compared to other provinces.

Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo credit: Graham-H/Pixabay

Lower quality public services.

Healthcare and education aren’t funded well as other provinces as public services are limited and waiting time is longer than normally tolerable. Public transport is less reliable and you will need a car especially if you live outside downtown Halifax.

Less accessible.

If you travel to another country, it takes longer (and more expensive) to fly out. Often you need a stopover in Toronto or Montreal before leaving Canada. Other big cities in Canada have cheaper and direct international flights.

High maintenance cost.

Driver’s license and vehicle registration can cost $400 even for those with flawless driving records. Add a required vehicle inspection every two years. Utility costs for a modest 980 sq ft home can reach $650 for a couple of months despite renovations to improve energy efficiency.


No place is perfect. There will always be things negative you’ll say about your city or country. Nova Scotia is no different. Setting expectations is important to better evaluate your choices when moving to Canada. The observations above may be significant to some people but others who have higher level tolerance may feel just fine. A corresponding list of things to love about Nova Scotia should also be examined closely.

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