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Looking to become Nova Scotia’s next business success story?

Every business is unique. We offer a variety of programs and tools designed to help businesses reach their full potential.

Here’s a snapshot of the programs, services, online tools and workshops available to help your business succeed.

Not sure where to start? We have a dedicated team of Regional Business Development Advisors on hand to get you started and navigate the options. With practical business advice and market know-how, our experts help Nova Scotia businesses discover and do business in markets around the world and connect to the right solutions.

From travel and virtual trade events to consulting and digital adoption, the Export Development Program provides support for you to increase sales, improve competitiveness, and grow your business.

Ready to explore new markets? Join us for one of the many trade missions we organize and participate in around the globe. Trade Missions are a cost-effective way to find new buyers, customers and partners or attract investment and capital.


The Forestry Innovation Rebate Program supports Nova Scotia businesses in the forest sector looking to increase their competitiveness. The program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes.

Want to access post-secondary institution research and resources? The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program connects small and medium sized businesses with university or college level expertise to conduct research, solve problems, improve productivity or to develop a new product, service or process. The program provides vouchers up to $15,000 for new projects and up to $25,000 to build on work already done.

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Considering a capital investment to increase global competitiveness? The Innovation Rebate Program works as a rebate against a company’s direct capital costs. The program provides a 25% rebate of eligible project costs for investments ranging between $2,000,000 – $15,000,000.

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This Digital Media Tax Credit offers a refundable tax credit of up to 48% for costs directly related to the development of interactive digital media products.

Gwen Heliou, Ubisoft

The Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund, through the Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund Program, is designed to finance Nova Scotian animated and/or live-action television productions.

Considering expanding your business in Asia? The Asia Market Development Program connects companies with the in-market knowledge and resources to successfully expand into South Korea, Japan, and the ASEAN markets.

The Europe Market Development Program helps Atlantic Canada exporters expand their presence and grow sales in new industry sectors and countries in Europe.

Is your business scaling up for the competitive US market? The Scale-up Hub program helps Atlantic Canada-based Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) companies build an international presence and grow their export sales capacity in the Atlanta region.

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a hands-on, six-week workshop for small to medium-sized enterprises, providing essential knowledge, resources and coaching to scale up, develop and execute an export plan. Companies have access to a wide range of resources, tools, and training, preparing them to be successful in the global business environment. Companies establish key contacts and access expertise from top industry experts in a broad range of fields.

Would access to research help identify export opportunities? Our Trade Market Intelligence service helps small and medium sized businesses identify export opportunities for products and services within markets of interest.


Is your business scaling up for the competitive US market? The Scale-up Hub program helps Atlantic Canada-based Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) companies build an international presence and grow their export sales capacity in the New England market. The Program has moved to a virtual model and helps high-growth, high-innovation companies headquartered in Atlantic Canada scale through targeted access to strategic markets in the Boston region.

Boston skyline

Seeking advice from a global business leader? Scotians connects Nova Scotia business with an international network of key influencers and industry experts who are ready to share their knowledge, experience and connections.

The Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund provides funding for screen-based content creation.

Nova Scotia film 'Black Cop'

No matter what stage you are at in your business journey, our variety of workshops and courses, available across the province, give you the skills and expertise you need to help your business succeed.