Mandate and Mission

Halifax Harbour Bridges respectfully acknowledges that it is located in Mi’kimaki, the traditional and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Africville was a vibrant, close-knit African Nova Scotian community on the shores of Bedford Basin until the community was expelled in the 1960s. Halifax Harbour Bridges acknowledges and pays respect to its descendants knowing that the building of the MacKay Bridge will forever be tied to the loss of Africville. Halifax Harbour Bridges would like to build a meaningful relationship with the descendants of Africville and, more broadly, African Nova Scotian communities.

A Canadian flag flies in the tower of the Macdonald Bridge at sunset.


With the approval of the Governor in Council, HHB may construct, maintain and operate transportation projects across Halifax Harbour and/or the North West Arm. When requested by the Government of Nova Scotia or the Halifax Regional Municipality, HHB can also investigate possible present or future access needs to Halifax provided by the bridges.

Strategic Goals

  • Improve safety, efficiency and environmental stewardship in operations and maintenance
  • Provide customer value through seamless, reliable and safe bridge crossings
  • Demonstrate financial sustainability
  • Foster a workplace where employees thrive
  • Expand our culture and practice of innovation
Aerial view of the bridge


To provide safe, efficient and reliable cross harbour transportation infrastructure.

Core Values

  • Safety of employees and bridge users is our fundamental focus and a shared responsibility
  • Stewardship of our assets and the environment is our corporate and social responsibility
  • Respect means acting with professionalism, inclusivity, integrity and accountability
  • Collaboration and engagement with employees, customers and partners helps us achieve our mission
  • Teamwork is supporting employee growth and building on each other’s strengths

Management Team

Halifax Harbour Bridges is led by an internal management team as well as a board of nine commissioners. Five of the nine board members are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia, including the Chair and Vice Chair, and the remaining four are appointed by the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Strategic Plan

Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) manages and maintains the critical cross Harbour infrastructure that allows Halifax to be the preeminent economic centre in Atlantic Canada.

As a commission of the provincial government, HHB is governed by a board of nine commissioners and reports to the provincial Minister of Public Works.