Halifax Water strives every day to provide world-class water, wastewater and stormwater services to customers. We also work to be part of the community throughout the year, supporting a wide variety of events, causes and groups.
Halifax Water has supported the educational growth of our community since 2008 through scholarships provided to the Nova Scotia Community College. The scholarships not only benefit the community and recipients, but they have also provided Halifax Water many highly skilled and motivated employees over the years.
About the Award
Nova Scotia Community College is pleased to offer this award, established through the generosity of Halifax Water, to support students who self-identify as racially visible entering their second year of the Environmental Engineering Technology program at NSCC.
Included with this award is an opportunity for the successful recipient to complete their required work term with Halifax Water.
About the Award
Nova Scotia Community College is pleased to offer this award, established through the generosity of Halifax Water, to support Indigenous African Nova Scotian students entering Environmental Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology at NSCC.
Named in honour of Arnold D. Johnson Sr., who served the Preston Area communities as a Halifax County Councillor and was instrumental in creating the Watershed Association Development Enterprise and the Lake Major Watershed Advisory Committee, this award recognizes the foresight and dedication of Mr. Johnson during his many years of public service and his many accomplishments.
About the Award
This award is open to women in non-traditional careers that are entering one of the eligible NSCC programs listed. Included with this award is an opportunity for the successful recipient to complete their required work placement with Halifax Water as well as an opportunity for summer employment with Halifax Water.
About the Award
Nova Scotia Community College is pleased to offer this award, established through the generosity of Halifax Water, to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students entering the Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs at NSCC.
jipuktuk etli apatua'timk is the Mi’kmaq word for harbour or port and has been used to describe Halifax Harbour by Mi'kmaq people in Nova Scotia.
About the Award
This award is generously provided with the support of Halifax Water. It is open to any student enrolled full-time in the Civil Engineering Technology program at NSCC. Included with this award is an opportunity for the successful recipient to complete their required work term with Halifax Water.
Special Olympics Nova Scotia
For years, Halifax Water has supported Special Olympics Nova Scotia. The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is one that allows staff to show their pride in their machines and put a smile on the faces of many Special Olympians. The 2019 Convoy left CFB Shearwater with 200 trucks winding their way through Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, and Eastern Passage before returning to CFB Shearwater. Along with a $1,500 sponsorship of the event, Halifax Water was well represented with an impressive fleet of eight trucks. The pride in their trucks was evident as each machine was in showroom condition.
Halifax Water Employees Fundraising Activities
Halifax Water employees take their role in helping to better the community seriously. That is reflected in the many fundraising initiatives such as United Way Halifax. In 2019 Halifax Water employees raised $945.00 for United Way Halifax through fundraising events.
Halifax Water’s H2O (Help to Others) Fund raised a total of $4,111.00 to assist customers who truly need help with their water/wastewater/stormwater bill. This internal staff fundraising is in addition to the $25,000.00 Halifax Water provides in funding. Halifax Water also matches funds donated by Halifax Water employees. Since its launch in 2011 to 2020, the H2O Fund has dispersed over $190,000. Learn more about the H2O Fund and other assistance programs here.
Halifax Water employees also donated $9,980.00 to Water for People to support the digging of wells to provide clean drinking water in 9 different countries for 4 million people.
The Christmas Families Fundraising initiatives donated $2,802.75. The funds were divided equally between Byrony Hours, Feed NS, Hope Cottage, Souls Harbour Mission and the H2O Fund.
For many years Halifax Water staff have supported the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. This year staff committed to sponsoring 100 children. We exceeded our goal by collecting toys, hats and mittens for 105 children.
Halifax Water employees also regularly participate in drives to provide gently used coats, footwear, clothes and even some used toys to those in need. This year seven large bags of goods were donated.
First Nations Water Authority
Access to safe, reliable water and wastewater services is something most of us take for granted. But for many First Nations in our region and across the country, there is no access to safe drinking water or wastewater service.
Since 2017 Halifax Water, in conjunction with industry professionals and researchers, has been working with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC) to address the issue of water and wastewater services on member communities in Atlantic Canada. The goal, create a regional water authority owned and operated by First Nations people that will not only improve public health and safety but support economic growth and protect the environment. The work continued throughout 2019.
In June 2020, the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA) and the Government of Canada announced the signing of a framework agreement that creates a path for the transfer of water and wastewater services for 15 First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to the AFNWA. This agreement is a key milestone as the AFNWA continues to work towards self-determination and greater control of First Nation services delivery by First Nations.
Supporting Events in the Community
Halifax Water was again very actively involved in the community in 2019 with its Portable Water Station Program. The program, which has been in place since 2009, supports a wide variety of community groups ranging from large venues such as the Jazzfest and multicultural events to smaller community block parties and sporting activities. This support helps groups reduce or eliminate their use of bottled water and the associated waste generated by plastic water bottles, promotes conservation and the use of tap water. In the 2019 season, Halifax Water provided water stations to 38 events.
Thirty Halifax Water employees took to the streets for the 2019 Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon. “The Running Jokes” as they have named themselves, were no joke when it came to raising funds for Special Olympics Nova Scotia. Through a BBQ, 50/50 draw and individual fundraising efforts, the team raised $2008. The Shed wrapped up its second successful season on the Halifax waterfront after having spent July and August at its prime boardwalk location near the beach volleyball/sand beach area. Visitors took part in water taste tests (bottled vs. tap), trivia questions, viewed a variety of educational videos, enjoyed a glass of cool, refreshing tap water, took part in games and activities, and generally enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and fantastic waterfront location.
The Shed was a hit with local residents and visitors from around the world who came to see why Halifax Water is known internationally as a world-class utility.
Visitors from every continent made their way to Halifax municipality and The Shed in 2019.