As a commission of the provincial government, Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) reports to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal for the Province of Nova Scotia and all financing is approved by the Nova Scotia Cabinet. As a self-funding user-pay operation, HHB receives no assistance from Nova Scotia tax dollars and its loans are not guaranteed by any level of government. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approves toll rates set by HHB. HHB is the forward thinking manager of key transportation infrastructure assets in the Halifax Regional Municipality. HHB was created in 1950 by a statute of the Province of Nova Scotia.
With the approval of the Governor in Council, HHB may construct, maintain and operate transportation projects across the 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.
To provide safe, efficient and reliable cross harbour transportation infrastructure at an appropriate cost.
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, integrity and accountability
Engagement with employees, customers and partners helps us achieve our mission
Teamwork is supporting employee growth and building on each other’s strengths
Improve safety, efficiency and environmental stewardship in operations and maintenance
Provide customer value through seamless, reliable and safe bridge crossings
Demonstrate financial sustainability
Create a workplace where employees thrive
Establish a culture and practice of innovation
Halifax Harbour Bridges acknowledges that it operates in Mi’kima’ki , the ancestral and territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet people first signed with the British in 1725. The treaties didn’t deal with the surrender of the land. It established the rules for an ongoing relationship between nations.
We are also in HRM which was settled and built by people of African descent. These people were formative in the building of our communities in meaningful ways and have contributed to the development of Nova Scotia as we know it today.
We must not forget that we are all treaty people.