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Halifax tops in the region for attracting the young and talented

Jonny Stevens wasn’t surprised to learn yesterday that Halifax has been named one of the “top Canadian hotspots for young, talented workers” in a report released this week.

Stevens, 29, secured himself a sweet gig working as the education and events coordinator for Music Nova Scotia while teaching music management classes on the side, and he said he loves everything his hometown has to offer.

“There’s a really good vibe that happens in HRM,” he said, after reading a study by Next Generation Consulting that shows Halifax is ranked fifth in the country — and first in Atlantic Canada — out of 27 cities for having assets that attract people between the ages of 20 and 40.

The Waverley Road resident said he landed his jobs by scouring employment postings and “a little word of mouth.”

“I think there are lots of opportunities in Halifax,” Stevens said. “You just have to be willing to go out and hustle for them.”

Fusion Halifax chairwoman Alyson Queen, 31, said the Next Cities report is great news for young professionals but added community, business and government have to work together to make Halifax increasingly attractive for young people “to live, work, play and stay.”

The Top Ten

1 – Victoria, B.C.
2 – Ottawa
3 – Vancouver
4 – Kingston, Ont.
5 – Halifax
6 – Toronto
7 – Calgary
8 – Saskatoon
9 – London, Ont.
10 – Edmonton

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