Do Business in Nova Scotia
If you're starting a business in Nova Scotia or looking for licenses and permits, please visit the Access Nova Scotia Online Service for Business website.
Supporting business growth
Talk to us first. We'll assess your needs and provide practical advice on taking your next step toward growth in global markets.
- START-UP: Launching a new venture? Building a promising company? Stepping up your company’s game? Have an innovation that can change the world? We can help. We work to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world.
- EXPORT: If you're already here in Nova Scotia and are developing a new product or service, expanding export markets or increasing production capacity — we can help. Our Regional Business Development team has the expertise to support businesses of any size in any location within Nova Scotia.
- INVEST: If you are not yet familiar with our province, allow us to show you why our talent, geographic location, reputation, and research and development are attracting world-leading companies to establish operations here. Contact us about investing and locating in Nova Scotia.
Industry Sector opportunities
Nova Scotia provides competitive advantages for exporters and investors and has one of the most diverse economies in Canada. We are building strength and capacity in leading industry sectors that are powering global innovation.
Learn about our industry sectors and the advantages of operating in Nova Scotia. Our teams will open doors for you as you grow your business here.
Nova Scotia Industry Sectors
Businesses of Diversity
Nova Scotia Businesses of Diversity are growing their revenues and forging new partnerships through participation in Supplier Diversity procurement programs.
Nova Scotia’s oceans industries are diverse and produce innovative products and services in Marine Defence & Security, Marine Transportation, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Energy, and Ocean Science.
Nova Scotia’s thriving seafood companies, fish harvesters and processors export the highest quality fish and shellfish from the North Atlantic worldwide.
Information Communications Technology
Nova Scotia is a leading data analytics hub in Canada, supported by globally competitive companies and world-renowned academic institutions.
Nova Scotia has everything you need to produce a wide range of crops, including forages, fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Nova Scotia benefits from the largest tides in the world, a wealth of minerals and resources, and researchers that are attracting global attention.
Nova Scotia attracts globally recognized companies working in naval defence, aerospace, shipbuilding, sonar and sensing, cyber security, and training and simulation.
Take notice of the financial services industry in Nova Scotia - a strategic nearshore location for middle & back office operations.
Nova Scotia boasts one of the most cost-competitive jurisdictions for video game development in North America and Europe.
Nova Scotia's clean technology industry attracts considerable international attention, with its expertise in energy monitoring related technologies and access to natural resources.
Nova Scotia is open for business
We work with a vast array of partners toward the growth and success of our province. Here are just some of the resources and funding options available for your Nova Scotia business. We encourage you to talk to us first — we'll assess your needs and provide practical advice on taking your next step.