Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Building A Stronger Economy – Together

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.

Dalhousie University

Inspiring Minds

Dalhousie University is internationally known as one of North America’s most welcoming universities. Founded in 1818, we’re one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast. The Nova Scotia Innovation Hub is working closely with the Office of  Industry Liaison and Innovation (ILI). The office manages and facilitates collaborations between companies and university researchers, commercializes research at Dalhousie University, and assists in the creation of spin-off ventures.


Emera is working to create cleaner energy and deliver it to market.

Emera Inc. is a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Emera companies and investments are working in Canada, the USA and in four Caribbean countries. Our investments are in:

  • Electricity generation, transmission and distribution;
  • Gas transmission and distribution;
  • Utility energy services

Our strategic focus is on creating a transformation from high-carbon to low-carbon energy sources.


We Get Invested

We find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world.

Established in 1995, and based in Halifax, Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early-stage venture capital organization. Target industries include information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology.

Early stage investment is at the core of our business model. We also give entrepreneurs access to world-class incubation facilities, expert advice and other support to help accelerate their companies.

Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

To foster prosperous and sustainable agriculture, food and agri-business industries through the delivery of quality public services for the betterment of rural communities and all Nova Scotians.

The Department of Agriculture supports the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities. The Policy and Corporate Services division of the Department of Agriculture also supports the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in developing competitive and profitable ocean products and recreational fishing industries.

Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

To work with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has broad responsibilities relative to the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources, and the administration of the province’s Crown lands.

Port Hawkesbury Paper

Striving to deliver the highest quality and most efficient supercalendered paper production in North America.

Port Hawkesbury Paper (PHP), the largest industrial employer in Cape Breton, produces supercalendered paper and manages over 500,000 hectares of Crown land. Through its direct and spinoff impacts, the mill is characterised as the economic mainstay of Inverness, Richmond and Guysborough counties, with its economic influence felt as far away as south-west Nova Scotia. Port Hawkesbury Paper is capable of delivering the highest quality and most efficient paper production available. Modern equipment, in combination with effective management and a highly skilled workforce, make the mill one of the premier paper manufacturers in the world.

Sustane Technologies

Sustainable solutions for future generations

Sustane Technologies is a clean-tech company focused on waste transformation. We have developed a set of disruptive processes to transform municipal solid waste streams (MSW) into high-value fuels and recyclable materials.

At Sustane, we are passionate about creating a clean and sustainable world for ourselves and for future generations. We believe that current consumption and waste patterns are simply unsustainable and that we must fundamentally challenge how we sustain ourselves on this planet.

Northern Pulp

Committed to building an environmentally and financial sustainable business in Nova Scotia

Located in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Northern Pulp manufactures 280,000 tonnes of Kraft pulp annually, primarily for export. Customers around the world are supplied with pulp to manufacture common household products such as tissue, towel and toilet paper, writing and photo copy paper. Since start up in 1967, Northern Pulp has earned and maintained a reputation as one of North America’s leading manufacturers of northern bleached Kraft pulp.

Through innovation and adaptability, we provide cellulose-based products at the lowest possible cost. We will constantly improve the global competitiveness of our customers, while enhancing the sustainability of our manufacturing operations and the well-being of the communities in which we operate.

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