Halifax Port Authority Outlook revised to Positive from Stable by S&P Global Ratings; Credit Rating of ‘A+’ Affirmed

August 17, 2021, Halifax, N.S. – S&P Global Ratings revised HPA’s Outlook to Positive from Stable and affirmed HPA’s investment-grade credit rating of A+.

The report states, “We view HPA’s management and governance assessment as very strong. We consider management to be experienced and knowledgeable regarding markets and the industry. Its policies and governance have consistently allowed it to meet its financial and operational goals.”

“The organization and all of the associated partners who make up the Port of Halifax collectively worked very hard in 2020 to manage expenses and keep cargo moving during extremely challenging conditions,” said Paul MacIsaac, Senior Vice President, Halifax Port Authority. “HPA entered the pandemic on the back of a very strong financial profile, with low debt, minimal capital needs, and a large proportion of revenues stemming from fixed, long-term rental contracts, which help mitigate our exposure to volatile container traffic.”

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2020, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was over $3.6 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $2.3 billion. This level of activity generated over 18,775 jobs.

Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, breakbulk cargo, and project cargo of any size. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.


Lane Farguson
Manager, Media Relations & Communications
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 426-7375
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