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  • Innovation Rebate Program Disclosures - 2022/23

Innovation Rebate Program Disclosures - 2022/23

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The following Innovation Rebate Program incentives were announced during the fiscal year of 2022-2023.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oland Brewery.

The brewery is installing new infrastructure at its North-end Halifax facility for a carbon capture project, which will be environmentally beneficial as well as improving business competitiveness.

Oland Brewery will be proceeding with a $500,000 capital investment in equipment that will reuse carbon dioxide (CO2) previously lost during the brewing and packaging process. The captured gas will be reused to fill bottles, cans, and kegs instead of purchasing CO2 from external sources.

After implementation, Oland brewery estimates it will save $150,000 annually and will have the ability to capture and reuse approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of CO2 annually.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $125,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $500,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Wade Keller
Director of Corporate Affairs, Atlantic Canada
Labatt Breweries of Canada
(902) 453-3731
wade.keller@labatt.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Halifax Folding Cartons Limited.

The company will be proceeding with a $1,880,000 capital investment at its facility in Windsor, Hants County, to invest in new printing technology.

In addition to improving the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of its operations, the new printing technology will also be more sustainable. Halifax Folding Cartons anticipates that the new printing system will reduce transportation costs and associated emissions by 30 per cent. The new technology is also expected to reduce paper waste by 30 per cent.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $470,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,880,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Aaron Fougere
Owner/Operator, Halifax Folding Cartons
(902) 798-8379
afougere@ns.sympatico.ca


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Quality Blasting and Coatings Limited.

The company is undertaking a $1,120,000 capital investment project in Woodside, HRM, to expand and modernize its industrial coatings and blasting facility. The modernization will include an educational simulator new employees will use and several building modifications that will improve productivity rates and energy efficiency. The company expects to reduce waste by 30-40 per cent, to increase its production capacity by 30 per cent, and to grow its international sales.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $261,250 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,045,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Darren Czech
CEO, Cherubini Group of Companies
(902) 468-5630
darren@cherubinigroup.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Lewis Mouldings & Wood Specialties Ltd.

The company is undertaking a $4,325,000 capital investment project in Weymouth, Digby County.

Lewis Mouldings & Wood Specialties will install a new gesso/putty line to automate the filling and repairing of wood defects, increase production speed by 233 per cent, and eliminate propane as the fuel source for drying and finishing products. The company anticipates its project will result in a 15 per cent increase in total sales and a reduction in fossil fuel consumption of 24,000 litres per year.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $827,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $3,310,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Jamie Lewis
President, Lewis Mouldings Ltd.
(902) 841-0116
jlewis@lewismouldings.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Nine Locks Brewing Company.

The company is undertaking a $4,472,250 capital investment project in Dartmouth, HRM, to build a new brewery and packaging/logistics hub.

Nine Locks Brewing expects to triple its production capability, going from approximately 3.7 million cans to nearly 10.6 million cans annually. New systems will enable the company to add new varieties of locally produced craft products, including light, non-alcoholic, and spirit-based sodas.

Members of the Nine Locks management team completed the NSBI Trade Accelerator Program and have identified several new markets that the facility and infrastructure would enable the company to access.

Beyond export and expanded product offerings, Nine Locks Brewing estimates its new facility and enhanced production will result in reduced wastage from an average of 14 per cent to 6 per cent and overall lower energy consumption.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,118,062.50 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,472,250. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Bill Manley
General Manager, Nine Locks Brewing
(902) 817-5607
bill@ninelocksbrewing.ca


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Coldstream Clear Distillery Limited.

The company is undertaking a project in Truro, Colchester County, to install new operational infrastructure required to produce their distilled spirits and ready-to-drink beverages.

Coldstream Clear Distillery will be proceeding with a $5,372,000 capital investment to install new brewing equipment, auxiliary production equipment, and to add 24,000 square feet of warehouse and office space. The upgrades are expected to increase production speeds, capacity, and reduce emissions previously associated with off-site storage and shipping.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $946,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $3,784,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Riley Giffen
President, Coldstream Clear Distillery
(902) 956-3393
riley@coldstreamclear.com


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Nova Agri Incorporated.

The company is undertaking a project in Sheffield Mills, Kings County, to commission a new packing line for its vegetable plant.

Nova Agri will be proceeding with a $4,510,942 capital investment to introduce advanced technology, specifically a state-of-the-art camera system that will detect defects in onions – an issue producers around the world are experiencing due to climate change.

Nova Agri’s improved system is projected to remove up to 98 per cent of defects, including internal decay.  The technology will also help Nova Agri reduce waste, strengthen their supply chain domestically and internationally, distribute #1 grade certified onions, and increase efficiency so the company can grade and pack Nova Scotian onions 12 months a year vs. 10 months.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,127,735 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,510,942. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. 

Media Contact: 
Earl Kidston
CEO, Nova Agri Inc.
(902) 582-1445
ekidston@mycountrymagic.com


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Made With Local Snack Foods Inc.

Made With Local is undertaking a project in Windsor, Hants County, creating a new production facility and innovation hub focused on Nova Scotian ingredients and exporting nationally and internationally. The production space design will focus on supporting capacity increases for the Made With Local team while also providing a safe and inclusive work environment for team members.

The company is proceeding with a $1,100,000 capital investment in a new facility with improved methods to process raw ingredients and inventory the finished goods. The company expects it will reduce spoilage and cut waste by 50 per cent.

Made With Local is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $275,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,100,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Crystal Richard
Publicist
Made With Local Snack Foods Inc.
506-860-0956
crystal@crystalrichard.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited.

The company is undertaking a second project in Oxford, Cumberland County, to increase its cold storage capacity within a pre-existing footprint – doing more, and better, within the same space.

The company will be proceeding with a $4,198,448 capital investment to replace its existing drive-in structural racking and bulk storage with a high-density semi-automated system. Freezer capacity will increase by 11.3% or 5,830,000 pounds of product. The change also means electric forklifts will no longer be used to handle product within the racking system - reducing the risk of product damage – and energy consumption will drop 15% or $100,000 annually.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,049,612 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,198,448. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Jordan Burkhardt
Director, Administration
OXFORD FOOD GROUP
902-447-2100 ext. 6064


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited.

Oxford Frozen Foods is undertaking a project on its battered products line in the Town of Oxford, Cumberland County to reduce the company’s energy consumption, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 2,000 tonnes annually while at the same time improving overall air quality within the facility for its employees.

Oxford Frozen Foods will be proceeding with a $5,752,400 capital investment to replace a 50 per cent efficient natural gas remote steam heating system with a new system that will boost efficiency to between 80 - 95 per cent. This along with targeted ventilation and heat recovery will significantly improve air quality, reduce energy usage and lay the foundation for future production expansions.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $ $1,438,100 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $5,752,400.  To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Jordan Burkhardt
Director, Administration
OXFORD FOOD GROUP
902-447-2100 ext. 6064


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for B.R. Printing Plates Company Ltd., operating as Maritime Labels and Packaging. Maritime Labels has grown steadily and is undertaking a project in Milford, Hants County, to adapt to its growth and upcoming opportunities.

The company will be proceeding with a $7,218,966 capital investment to add equipment and construct needed space. The space will also accommodate Maritime Labels’ existing, high-demand labelling.  The company will also add equipment to produce flexible packaging pouches that save its customers money on their shipping costs. The packaging can be made with materials including compostable papers and recyclable films.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,804,742 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $7,218,966. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact:
Paul Sproule
Maritime Labels
902-444-3730
paul@gomlp.ca

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