This IDC study focuses primarily on nearshoring, the delivery of IT services from North American regions, especially Canada. The document covers the capabilities and future prospects for Nova Scotia as a nearshore hub. The Nova Scotia nearshore centre is based in Halifax, which is where 70% of the IT workers in the province are employed.
"Nova Scotia has been able to succeed in building and maintaining a healthy ICT sector even at a time when the Canadian dollar was at par with the U.S. dollar," says Mark Schrutt, research vice president, IT Services and Enterprise Applications. Over the past two years, as the Canadian dollar has lost ground to U.S. currency, the attention and interest in Nova Scotia as a nearshore hub has only increased. With the 200+ IT firms active in the market, which creates opportunity for workers and drives innovation, and as a region that has a higher proportion of IT students in secondary institutions than any other province, Nova Scotia has the credentials to be on the outsourcing global stage.