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Dal's Impact


Creating strong, vibrant communities requires partnership between the public and private sector — with companies, universities and all levels of government working together to advance shared goals. 

Attracting investments to our community

Dalhousie is home to many of the world’s top experts whose collaborations and connections span multiple disciplines, economic sectors and countries. Dalhousie attracts more than $135 million in research grants and awards each year, making it the largest research university in the region and a member of Canada's U15, a group which consists of 15 of Canada's most research-intensive universities.

From 2002 to 2011, Dalhousie medical research secured $300 million from funding agencies, foundations, and industry partners — a substantial boost to the Maritime economy. This investment has built and equipped state-of-the art research facilities, attracted top scientists, clinicians, and trainees, and led to discoveries that will save lives, reduce health care costs, and generate future wealth for the region.

Dalhousie is a global leader in ocean science and is working to transform the province into a birthplace of global solutions for oceans challenges. Key ocean research initiatives include: the Ocean Tracking Network, the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ocean Science and Technology, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response and the Aquatron Laboratory.

Contributing to the economy

In a report assessing Dalhousie’s economic impact [PDF - 959 kB] in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia more broadly, Dal was found to have GDP impacts of over $1 billion each year. The report considers Dalhousie’s contribution to the economic and social fabric of HRM and Nova Scotia through its direct activities and spinoff benefits.

Students in the community

DALConnects is a co-curricular certificate program free to any students interested in building stronger connections with the community and learning about leadership. By pairing interactive workshops with community volunteer opportunities, the program develops practical skills that support students in becoming stronger leaders in the classroom, the community, careers, and in everyday life.

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"We’re not just students in Halifax; we’re part of the community, and we all need to give back.”

– Stephanie Hagmann, BEng’10

Volunteering and fundraising

  • Dalhousie Residence Life organizes several charity events throughout the year including: Community Day, Think Pink, Residence Charity Kick-Off, Change for Children and the Residence Charity Face-Off
  • Euphoria is a unique tradition at Dalhousie Medical School. This annual variety show is sold out every year and all proceeds go to charity.
  • The Dalhousie University Engineering Society (DUES) organizes several charity programs, including Pulling for the Kids and the Christmas Angel Project.
  • During the winter holidays, Stuff-A-Bus has become a proud tradition at Dalplex, in which faculty, students and staff stuff a bus with donations of non-perishable food for Feed Nova Scotia. 

Working within the community as part of the learning experience

Experiential and service learning in the community is a key element in the Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program's learning experience. The ESS program offers a means for community involvement, partnerships and shared efforts in research and project work.

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service is a community-based office in the north-central neighbourhood of Halifax. It also is a clinical program for law students and is operated by the Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law. Funding is provided by the Schulich School of Law, the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia and clinic alumni, friends of Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and special events.

The Global Health Office in the Faculty of Medicine is involved in local and international development programs, where faculty, residents, students and staff learn first-hand the health priorities of other communities and work with our partners to find solutions.