Nova Scotia Business & Labour Economic Coalition

The Nova Scotia Business & Labour economic Coalition (NSBLEC) was founded in mid-March to become a point of contact for government as they make rapid decisions, to advocate for business and their employees at this challenging time, to ensure all Nova Scotians are heard and supported, and to eventually assist in the development of a recovery plan. Halifax Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Patrick Sullivan, chairs the NSBLEC meeting three times per week. This group is comprised of businesses, not-for-profits, The NS Federation of Labour, and represents over 10,000 organizations and 200,000 employees.

This plan aims to build on that forward momentum. It isn't the plan to end all plans. It doesn't replace good work already happening. It is a collection of initiatives harvested from people and businesses across the NSBLEC table, across public and private sectors, and across the province. It's meant to stimulate, amplify, support, and inspire action that helps us build back better. Our success will be driven by the extent to which we collaborate to reach our collective goals. The NSBLEC table has shown us that we have a scale advantage. We can make big things happen quickly when we work together.

Click here to read the full Tactical Recovery Plan.

NSBLEC poster

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Below you will find a list of organizations involved in the NSBLEC.

Amherst & Area Chamber of Commerce


Archway Insurance

Atlantic Canada Aerospace & Defence Association

Atlantic Canada Cruise Association


Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Nova Scotia

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

Cape Breton Partnership

Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce


Dalhousie University

Develop NS

Digital Nova Scotia

Discover Halifax

Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission

East Coast Experience


Family Business Atlantic

Forest Nova Scotia

Greater Burnside Business Association (GBBA)

Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Halifax Partnership

Health Association for African Canadians (HAAC)

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Hotel Association of Nova Scotia

Innovative Medicines Canada

Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPOANS)

Kentville Business Community


Lebanese Chamber of Commerce

Mainland Nova Scotia Building and Construction Trades Council

Mayor’s Office - Halifax

McInnes Cooper

Narrative Research


North End Business Association

Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association

Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council - ICI

Nova Scotia Department of Business

Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS)

Office of Regulatory Affairs

Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network

Porter’s Lake Business Commission

Quinpool Road Mainstreet District Association


RCR Hospitality Group

Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia

Sackville Business Association

Safety Services NS

Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre


Screen Nova Scotia

Service Canada

Small Business and Marketplace Services Innovation

SMU - Sobey School of Business

Sport Nova Scotia

Taste of Nova Scotia

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce

Wickwire Holm

Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce

Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

Atlantic Convenience Stores Association

Atlantic Home Building and Renovation Sector Council

Atlantic ISED


Automotive Sector Council of NS

Black Business Initiative

Centre for Women in Business



Clean Nova Scotia

Coach Atlantic

Common Good Solutions

Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia

Construction Association of Nova Scotia

Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC)

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE)

Cox and Palmer

Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia

Cushman & Wakefield

DASC Industries

Downtown Halifax Business Commission

Downtown Kentville

Downtown Truro Partnership


East Hants & Districts Chamber of Commerce

Employer Advisor Nova Scotia (OEA NS)

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Atlantic Canada (EO)

Health Association for African Canadians (HAAC)

Health Association Nova Scotia (HANS)

Health Care Human Resources Sector Council Nova Scotia

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Hotel Association of Nova Scotia

Investor Group

Immigrant Services Association of NS (ISANS)

Killam REIT

MERIT Nova Scotia

Member of Parliament for Halifax, Andy Fillmore

Murphy Hospitality Group

Nova Scotia Power

Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NETHRC)

Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association

NS Association of CBDCs

Nova Scotia Business Inc

Nova Scotia Community College

Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities

Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council

Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion, and International Trade

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce

Premier’s Office - Nova Scotia

Retail Council of Canada

Retail Gasoline Dealers Association of NS

Smarter Spaces

Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia

Spring Garden Area Business Association

Spryfield Business Commission

Stewart McKelvey

Strait Area Chamber of Commerce

Sydney Downtown Development Association


The Valley Regional Enterprise Network

The Village on Main

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

United Way of Cape Breton

United Way of Halifax


Western Regional Enterprise Network

West Hants Regional Municipality

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