Resources and Funding

Learn more about resources and funding options available for your Nova Scotia business or contact us and we'll connect you with the right partner or program to meet your business needs.

Small Business Development Program

The Small Business Development Program provides financial incentives on projects that assist a business to grow current exports or participate in a global supply chain. Learn more...

Export Growth Program

The Export Growth Program supports businesses looking to increase their export sales outside of Nova Scotia. The program provides financial incentives for projects that assist a business' ability to overcome barriers to export growth. Learn more...

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program — A joint initiative of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, Atlantic Central, local participating credit unions, and the Province of Nova Scotia to deliver better financial assistance for the start-up and expansion of small businesses. Learn more...

Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund

The Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund provides funding for screen-based content creation. To be eligible, organizations must have a permanent establishment in the province and be engaged primarily in the creation of film/video productions for public viewing. Learn more...

Film Industry Tax Credit

The Film Industry Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the production of films in Nova Scotia.  Please note: The Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit (FITC) ended on June 30, 2015 for film and television production. On July 1, 2015 a new Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund began. Productions that commence principal photography before July 1, 2015 will receive the Film Industry Tax Credit based on current rules.  Learn more….

Creative Industries Fund

The Creative Industries Fund will help develop and grow creative industries, especially those focused on export markets. It will be available to for-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises operating in the creative industries, including music, publishing, craft, visual arts, film, performing arts, and design fields. For more information contact Craig Beaton, 902-424-8443 or by email.

Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program

Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund (through The Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program) can help bring your animated and/or live-action TV series to life. Designed to finance Nova Scotian television productions, this fund could provide you with an equity investment of up to $300,000, to a maximum of 20% of your total budget. Interested?  Start by ensuring your production is high in Canadian content.  Learn more...


The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)

The objective of the CPTC is to encourage Canadian programming and to develop an active domestic production sector. This fully refundable tax credit is available at a rate of 25% of the qualified labour expenditures for an eligible production.


The Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (PSTC)

The PSTC is designed to enhance Canada as a location of choice for film and video productions employing Canadians, as well as strengthening the industry and secure investment. It is available at a rate of 16% of the qualified Canadian labour expenditures incurred in respect of an accredited production.

Digital Media Tax Credit

Nova Scotia offers a digital media tax credit that rivals all others in Canada - making this the ideal place for video game development and interactive media. Qualifying companies can claim the lesser of 50% of the qualifying expenditures or 25% of total expenditures. Qualifying expenditures could include: 100% of eligible salaries in Nova Scotia, 65% of third party labour remuneration and up to $100,000 in marketing and distribution expenditures.

Digital Animation Tax Credit

The Digital Animation Tax Credit (DATC) is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the development of digital animation in Nova Scotia. With this tax credit, Nova Scotia can provide an incentive of up to 60% on labour associated with the project. With no cap on the number of eligible projects, Nova Scotia is now among the most attractive for animation development.

Film Industry Resources 

Location Services and Production Resources
Located on Canada's Atlantic coast, Nova Scotia offers diverse and spectacular locations. Whether your project requires urban sophistication, small town ambiance, or miles of unspoiled coastline, Nova Scotia has it all. Experienced local crews, producers and suppliers complete the package. With direct flights to Europe and select American cities, Nova Scotia has been an in-demand location for regional and international filmmakers for decades. To connect with an experienced location scout and production resources, visit:  Screen Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

Department of Business — Together the Department of Business and the Office of Regulatory and Service Effectiveness focus on creating the right conditions for the private sector to grow the economy and create jobs. — Find a number of resources to assist businesses in relation to training and workforce development.

Department of Finance — Find information on tax credits, taxation and fiscal policy, and business statistics. Access a variety of publications and reports that discuss subjects ranging from the labour market to Nova Scotia trade. Reports on demographic trends and knowledge workers and industries are also featured.

Service Nova Scotia— Through Access Nova Scotia - Services for Business, you can complete many business transactions online when it's convenient for you.

Labour & Advanced Education – Find information and resources on building your workforce, education opportunities, and apprenticeships as well as regulations and certifications, student employment programs, OH&S and more. 

Acadia Centre for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE)

ACSBE offers business support, resources and tools on its site, including information on research and development, finance and accounting and funding. This site also provides small business development services on business counseling, strategic planning and mentoring. On the site, you can receive information on upcoming workshops and seminars offered by Acadia University.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

ACOA — Headquartered in the Atlantic Region, ACOA's goal is to improve the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities. On the ACOA website, you will find many business resources, including information on taxes and incentives, conducting business in Atlantic Canada, as well as a profile of the province’s workforce. This site provides support in the form of industry profiles, and gives comparative information on Nova Scotia and other Canadian regions. Helpful investment contacts and links are also included on the ACOA site.

Bank of Canada

The Bank of Canada — Learn about a variety of business resources for information on financial markets, and features many publications and research initiatives such as the Financial System Review, and the Business Outlook Survey. You will also find information on monetary policy, rates and statistics and the range of support services the Bank of Canada offers local businesses.

Black Business Initiative (BBI)

The Black Business Initiative (BBI) is the principal business and economic development agency for African Nova Scotian communities in the Province of Nova Scotia. Supporting Black business success since 1996, BBI has as its vision to foster “A dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia business community.”

Business Development Bank of Canada

BDC — Find helpful support information on how to start a business and finance it. You will learn about the financing solutions that BDC offers exporters, and the financial resources available for strategic planning, succession planning, production planning, and human resources management.

Canada Business

Canada Business — A variety of information on financial services available to Canadian businesses. You will find resources for starting and financing a business, doing business in government, and taxation. The site also provides support information on regulations, innovating, and conducting business research.

Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBFP)

The Canada Small Business Financing Program — Assists entrepreneurs to obtain loans from financial institutions because the government shares the risk with the lenders. If you’re a for-profit small business, or a start-up operating in Canada, and if you have gross annual revenues of $10 million or less, you may be eligible. Entrepreneurs may qualify for loans to a maximum of $1 milliion to establish a start-up, or to expand or improve their small business. The program is available for the purchase or improvement of equipment, including business vehicles, and for renovations to leased property by a tenant. Loans for that purpose are capped at $350,000. Loans of up to $500,000, however, are available for the purchase or improvement of commercial properties.

Canadian Bankers Association

Canadian Bankers Association — Learn about banks in Canada, the banking industry, and the changing marketplace. This resource site also offers a quiz that can help you determine whether or not your company is financially fit. With the help of the monthly income and expenses calculator, you will also be able to take control of your business finances. 

Centre d’aide en affaires et en entrepreneuriat (CAAE)

The Centre d’aide en affaires et en entrepreneuriat (CAAE) — Under the direction of Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), the CAAE offers a variety of services, tools and other resources for small businesses. Some of these services include support in the preparation of business plans and marketing plans for new, existing or expanding businesses and advice and guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs wishing to expand and/or upgrade their business. You will also find information on programs and counseling for entrepreneurs, as well as guides on analyzing financial statements, and business planning.

Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)

CEED Centre for Entrepreneurship Education & Development — A non-profit organization devoted to helping people discover and use entrepreneurship as a tool to become self-reliant. CEED offers small business and professional development workshops, small business resources including one-on-one counseling and start-up financing, networking opportunities and social entrepreneurship activities. The site also has an events calendar with upcoming small business-related events.

Centre for Women in Business

Centre for Women in Business — Part of Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), providing women entrepreneurs with the support, resources and training and information they need to start and grow their businesses. Services offered by the centre include one-to-one counseling, business projects involving MSVU students working with clients of the centre, networking events, workshops, training programs, mentoring, and public presentations.

CME LEAF: Lean and Energy Efficient

LEAF Program — An initiative to support and encourage industry in Nova Scotia to improve efficiency and competitiveness. The program is available to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to offset the cost of hiring a qualified consultant to identify efficiency improvements and cost saving opportunities. The program includes three types of assessments, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of the business.

Community Business Development Corporations

CBDC — Find information on the Atlantic Association of Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs), a network of autonomous, not-for-profit organizations that work with all levels of government and the private sector to meet the needs of small business. In rural Atlantic Canada there are 41 Corporations dedicated to the development of small business and job creation through business financing, counselling and advisory services.

Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation

Business Energy Rebates program — Find cost-effective ways to reduce electricity use at your business and save you money. Financial rebates are available for eligible products in the following categories: lighting, motors & variable speed drives, refrigeration, compressed air equipment and commercial Central Heating & Cooling (HVAC) products. 

First Angel Network

The First Angel Network Association (FAN) — A not-for-profit organization to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and capital in Atlantic Canada through communication, education and networking. FAN is a member-based organization that offers a forum for Angel investors to increase their exposure to quality, pre-screened investment opportunities and expand their network of like-minded investors. Its goal is to sponsor the best companies that the Atlantic region has to offer. Although many may apply, only qualified companies that fit the First Angel Network investment criteria are presented to members.


The GrowthWorks Canadian Fund — A national labour-sponsored investment fund.  Incorporated in 1990 the fund has approximately $260 million in assets and over 75,000 individual shareholders. GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund is an Atlantic Canadian labour-sponsored investment fund launched in January 2005. The Fund offers investors two major benefits: up to 70% tax savings on their investment, and the satisfaction of knowing their investment is supporting the growth of emerging businesses across the Atlantic provinces.


Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. It works to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Early stage investment is at the core of Innovacorp’s business model. It also gives entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help them accelerate their companies. Target industries include information technology, life sciences, clean technology and ocean technology.

Saint Francis Xavier University Enterprise Development Centre (XEDC)

XEDC — This site offers a range of information on business planning, counseling, and consulting. You will find information on the different types of education and training that XEDC provides, such as the Staying Power Workshop Series and the Preparing for the Sale course.  XEDC also gives access to a variety of business plan guides.

Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre

Saint Mary's University Business Development Centre— Find information on business consulting and training that’s offered by the Saint Mary’s University Business Development Centre. This business development centre offers a range of consulting services and resources including how to start a new business, attain financing, increase revenue, and expand an existing business. The site also provides information on entrepreneurship, leadership and management training programs.