What we accomplish is only the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible.

Building on
200 Years
of Financial Experience

Atlantic Canada has a rich history in the finance industry beginning with the establishment of two of Canada’s largest banks in the early 1800’s – The Bank of Nova Scotia and The Royal Bank of Canada. Two hundred years later, the financial technologies sector continues to thrive as the result of key communication infrastructure assets and extensive expertise in Cyber Security, Blockchain, AI and Machine Learning, Robotics Process Automation, and Data Analytics. 

Atlantic Canada is home to over 500 businesses operating in the finance sector. The workforce is over 35000 strong and has a deep knowledge of back-office processes and operations.

Our cost-competitive environment and quality of life has proven attractive for many industry leaders who have recognized the strengths of Atlantic Canada. 

The Bank of Nova Scotia opened for business on 29 August 1832, its first location.

Powered by Venn Innovation, Atlantic Fintech represents the strength of Atlantic Canada’s financial and smart enterprise technology companies.  The region has experienced success in these sectors first with companies such as Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM) and more recently with the acquisition of Verafin, the world’s largest financial crime management software company, by Nasdaq in November 2020 for USD 2.75 Billion.  The region currently has over 100 startups working to address big challenges within the global fintech industry.  

Atlantic Canada has attracted many top-tier international financial services and insurance firms to the region.  These companies have found an environment that understands the middle and back office needs of their businesses that helps to fuel their success.

The region’s world-class technology infrastructure, its highly educated workforce and low cost North American operating environments, position this region for growth.  

Atlantic Canada at a glimpse:


Atlantic Canada is recognized by KPMG as one of the most cost-competitive regions in North America for doing business. 

Location, location, location

Our region is centrally located between Europe and the eastern seaboard of Canada and the United States.


Here you can connect to Hibernia Atlantic’s Global Financial Network providing increased bandwidth and security.


Atlantic Canada is home for top hedge fund administrators and Canadian financial institutions as well as leading insurance companies.

Trained workforce

Our region has 13 universities, 11 colleges and several career-colleges producing a highly skilled workforce, many of whom are bilingual.

Quality of Life

Atlantic Canada offers an affordable, safe and laid-back lifestyle.