Funding Opportunities

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Small Businesses
Start Ups
Staffing
Exporters
Training
Driving Diversity
Creative Industries

Small Businesses

Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

As a Nova Scotia resident you could borrow up to $500,000 from a credit union in the form of a loan, line of credit or working capital to start or grow a business.
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BDC Small Business Loan

BDC’s mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. Receive up to $50,000 through a completely online application.

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CBDC General Business Loan

You could get up to $150,000 to grow your business, if you are an entrepreneur living in a rural area of Atlantic Canada.
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Start Ups

BDC Financing for starting a business

BDC’s start-up financing is designed to provide a complete solution to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

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CBDC First-time Entrepreneur Loan

You could get up to $150,000 to start a business, if you are a first-time entrepreneur living in a rural area of Atlantic Canada.

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Futurpreneur Canada

Receive financing up tp $45,000 and be matched with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

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New Small Business Tax Deduction

Your new small business may be eligible for an exemption from paying Nova Scotia corporate income tax for your first 3 years.

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Seed Capital Program

Offers up to $20,000 in low interest rate financing for business start-ups that belong to entrepreneurs age 18 and up.

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Students in Business

The Students in Business Program is a government sponsored interest-free loan program for students in Nova Scotia wanting to start their own business.  The program is funded by federal and provincial government agencies throughout Nova Scotia.

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Staffing

Graduate to Opportunity

This program provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate and assist post-secondary graduates find career opportunities in Nova Scotia.

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Co-op Education Incentive

The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

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Job Creation Partnerships

You may be eligible for funding to hire an unemployed person for up to 52 consecutive weeks.

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START

The START program offers financial incentives to small and medium sized enterprises to help you hire Nova Scotians who need work experience.

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Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL)

The Student Career Skills Development Program (SCSDP) offers wage assistance to non-profit organizations that offer career-related summer jobs for students going to university or college in the fall.

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Youth Employment Program 

You could receive a financial contribution towards the salary of a post-secondary graduate to help you research, develop and commercialize new technologies.

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Exporters

Export Growth Program

This 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. The Export Growth Program contributes up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 for a company.

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Export Development Program for Music

Do you want to promote and sell your music to new markets outside of Nova Scotia? As an exporting or export-ready musician or music industry professional from Nova-Scotia, you can apply to get half of your expenses paid, up to a maximum of $7,500, to support certain activities related to:

  • Touring, travel to recognized events, or meeting prospective clients
  • Market research, creation of promotional materials, websites, and marketing campaigns

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The Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on
International Business Development

The Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development (IBDA) helps to increase international business activities in Atlantic Canada by funding projects designed to help small and medium-sized companies explore, enter and succeed in international markets.

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Adam Chowaniec Memorial Fund for Global Entrepreneurship 

As a Canadian-based entrepreneur, group or organization, you could qualify for a $3,000 grant if you undertake activities that support the promotion or development of export opportunities for entrepreneurs in Canada.

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Small Business Development Program 

This program provides export focused professional expertise. The program contributes up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum incentive of $15,000.

There are four application intake periods for the Small Business Development Program. Please see below the deadlines for application submission:

  • Intake One: April 15, 2016
  • Intake Two: July 1, 2016
  • Intake Three: October 1, 2016
  • Intake Four: January 15, 2017

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CanExport Program 

You could get up to $99,999 to reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses to promote your business in new international markets.

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Training

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI)

WIPSI is a funding incentive designed to encourage employers to invest in training to:

  • improve productivity
  • increase innovation
  • support the introduction of new technology, machinery and equipment, or work processes
  • provide employees with transferable skills
  • upgrade skills
  • increase inter-provincial and international competitiveness
  • foster workplace diversity

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Workplace Education Initiative 

You could have your business’s learning needs assessed and qualify for funding to get training to improve your worker’s essential workplace skills. This could help boost your productivity and competitiveness.

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SkillsonlineNS

SkillsonlineNS offers employers and workers quick and easy access to hundreds of free online courses. Courses range from software applications to customer service, business writing, finance and accounting, and more.

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Driving Diversity

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

ABED works with Aboriginal entrepreneurs and its partners to provide a range of services and supports that promote the growth of a strong Aboriginal business sector in Canada. Support will vary depending upon the needs of the client, the availability and sources of funding, the eligibility of costs, the economic benefits, and the project viability.

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Immigrant Small Business Loan Program

Through a partnership with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and the Government of Nova Scotia, credit unions are offering a small business loan program that aims to help immigrants who are interested in starting, expanding or buying a small business.

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Newcomer Program

If you’re new to Canada and don’t have a credit history, Futurpreneur Canada wants to help you launch your business. They provide tailored support and eligibility criteria to reflect your new status in Canada.

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Career Pathway Loan Fund

This is a community–based partnership to provide support services for Internationally Trained Workers to overcome financial barriers in the foreign credential recognition process, and to assist them in their return to work in their occupational field, or another related field.

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Access-Ability Program

You can apply for a $10/hour wage subsidy to employ a young person aged 15-30 with a disability, to work at your business for 39 weeks.

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Creative Industries

Atlantic Innovation Fund 

Does your business develop new technologies in Atlantic Canada? You could get financing to cover up to 75% of eligible costs, if you are seeking more than $500,000 and up to $3 million.

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Creative Industries Fund

This 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.

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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.

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Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund 

Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia  through The Eastlink TV Independent Production Fund 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. You’ll also need your broadcast license.

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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 labor expenditures for an eligible production.

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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.

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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.

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