Nova Scotia

Games generated $130M, Halifax boasts

Officials have released figures estimating the Halifax 2011 Canada Games generated more than $130 million in economic activity in Nova Scotia.

Officials have released figures estimating the Halifax 2011 Canada Games generated more than $130 million in economic activity in Nova Scotia.

The figures also suggest the events in February created more than 1,100 jobs and $40 million in wages.

The Games also had a $200,000 surplus, which will be added to the Games Legacy Fund.

The host society is giving three refrigeration units to the Halifax Regional Municipality to help the Games skating oval become permanent on the Halifax Common.

In exchange, the municipality will ensure training time is available for high-performance athletes on the 400-metre oval.

Chris Morrissey, CEO of the Canada Games, said Tuesday that the oval's permanent name will be the Canada Games Oval.

"We wanted it to be called the Canada Oval regardless of if there's any sponsor to be attached to it because it was actually built for the Games," he said.

"We want to ensure that the Canada Games name stays around it."

Officials estimate the Games attracted more than 11,500 spectators to the Halifax area.

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