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Receive customized market research on business opportunities in specific sectors and export markets.


The Trade Market Intelligence program is on pause. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back or connect with your Regional Business Development Advisor for updates.

With a research team of sector specialists and access to leading proprietary databases, Invest Nova Scotia's Trade Marketing Intelligence (TMI) service helps Nova Scotia companies access critical market and trade intelligence to help identify export opportunities specific to their products, services, and markets of interest. The service is provided at no cost to eligible Nova Scotia companies and includes:

  • One-on-one collaboration with an Invest Nova Scotia Regional Development Advisor to evaluate research required to support your export strategy;
  • One-on-one collaboration with the TMI Manager and Strategy & Research team at Invest Nova Scotia to refine your research objectives;
  • A detailed report customized to your research needs.

Types of research TMI can assist with:

  • Competitor analysis
  • Trade regulations, including import and export requirements
  • Market characteristics such as demand, size, value, and trends
  • Marketing research including trade shows, events, and other promotional mediums
  • Industry certifications and standards


The TMI service is available to Nova Scotia companies working with or connected to a Regional Business Development Advisor. Your regional contact will help guide the online application process*. 

*Applications will be assessed and prioritized by the TMI Manager in consultation with the Invest Nova Scotia Advisor and the client. The turn-around for approved projects is approximately 4-6 weeks. The following intelligence is outside the scope of the TMI Service: Primary research, sales prospect lists, price lists/models, private company revenues (estimates sometimes available). Note: Business development lists may be provided when lists can be pulled from our databases in accordance with our licensing Agreements and with no additional research required. Such listings cannot be vetted and their accuracy or completeness not guaranteed. 


The Government of Nova Scotia’s privacy information practices for websites and online services applies to Invest Nova Scotia. By using Invest Nova Scotia websites and online services, you accept the terms of the Invest Nova Scotia Privacy statement and the privacy statement on the Government website.

If you do not wish to use the internet to provide personal information to Invest Nova Scotia for this online service, you will be able to provide the information in another manner, such as a fillable PDF. 

By continuing with your application, you consent to Invest Nova Scotia releasing your contact information to any third-party service providers retained for the purposes of evaluation of the program. This consent is valid whether your application is successful or not. You agree to being contacted by any such third-party service providers and will cooperate with them in the collection of information for evaluation of the program. 

You further agree to release Invest Nova Scotia and its staff from any claims, causes of action, suits, actions and liabilities of every nature and kind whatsoever arising from, as a result of or in any way related to the aforementioned authorized release of contact information and subsequent collection and use of information. If you do not consent to the disclosure of your contact information, you cannot participate in this application.

Two-Step Identity Verification 

We use two-step verification for our online forms. Each time you apply or submit a claim, you will be asked to: 

  1. Enter your Invest Nova Scotia Customer Number and your associated email address to receive a one-time code 
  2. Enter the one-time code to verify your identity and gain access to the online form 

IMPORTANT:  If this is your first program with Invest Nova Scotia or you don’t know your Invest Nova Scotia Customer Number, please contact your Regional Business Development Advisor to request this information. 


Apply Online

The TMI service is currently not available.


Contact a Regional Business Development Advisor near you or use our interactive map  

Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne
Valerie Caswell

Yarmouth, Digby

Dan Surette

Annapolis, Kings, Hants
Sean Cochrane

Cumberland, Colchester
Matthew Berrigan

Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough
David Hachey

Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria
Wanda MacLean

Halifax & West
Hector Fraser

Dartmouth & East
Jean-Marie James

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