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Nova Scotia experiences a continental climate, which is greatly influenced by its proximity to the sea. The coastal regions of the province experience the most moderate temperatures, with warmer winters and cooler summer temperatures. In the capital, Halifax, the average daily summer temperature is about 19 degrees celsius, while winter temperatures average around 4.5 - 5 degrees celsius.
Compared to the rest of Canada, the weather in Nova Scotia can be described as ‘ Moderate', where it rarely gets extremely hot, or extremely cold. The temperatures however, does fluctuate depending on the time of day and the proximity to the sea. The annual precipitation levels are 1,250 mm ( 49 inches) along theNorthumberland Strait, and around 1,600 mm ( 63 inches) on the CapeBrenton Highlands.
Due to its excellent healthcare system, Canada is consistently voted as one of the most livable destinations in the world. All residents, temporary and permanent have access to Medicare, which is funded by the government. The healthcare plan within the province is Medical Services Insurance (MSI). This healthcare plan covers the cost of basic healthcare needs including:
For any additional coverage, residents would be required to pay to gain private health insurance.
Nova Scotia comprises of several post-secondary institutions offering a range of diplomas, degree courses, master programs, and PHD's.
In total the province has 11 Universities, 13 professional colleges, technical colleges and apprenticeship programs. The International student population in Nova Scotia is approximately 10,000 students per calendar year. Popular student cities in Nova Scotia are Halifax, Wolfville, and Antigonish.
Universities and Colleges in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia economy is extremely diverse, with primary industries being the Manufacturing, Service, and Mining sectors. In the past, fishing was a major industry, but in recent years fish resources have become endangered and have severely impact the fishing industry.
In Recent years, the Nova Scotia economy has diversified to include sectors such as forestry, commercial agriculture, coal mining, offshore exploration of oil and gas, and tourism; boosted by the nearly two million visitors to the province each year.