About

Who We Are

Together we can build a Nova Scotia that is irresistible to people and investment.

By investing in infrastructure, properties and programs that build on the compelling natural advantages of our province, Develop Nova Scotia is working with our partners and communities to make Nova Scotia an incredible place to live, work, invest and visit. As a provincial crown corporation, we work closely with communities and partners to build on our natural assets. Together, we are developing strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

At the centre of our work is the role of place in attracting people, and this principle of placemaking ensures that the planning, development and management of land and infrastructure is achieved with and for people. Great places and a high quality of life attract great people both to live and to visit Nova Scotia’s rich cultural and natural landscapes.

Corporate

At Develop Nova Scotia, our mandate is to lead the sustainable development of high-potential property and infrastructure to drive inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia. With a core focus on placemaking, our strategic pillars are to develop places to visit, live and for enterprises to start up and grow.
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Governance

Develop Nova Scotia is governed by a high-calibre Board of Directors from across Nova Scotia.  The Board is composed of fourteen members. The Board meets monthly and is accountable to the provincial government in setting strategic direction and financial performance. Develop Nova Scotia is constituted under the Develop Nova Scotia Act. Current Business Plan. Freedom…
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Employment

Develop Nova Scotia is a professional organization powered by passionate and dedicated employees who are focused on helping to build a Nova Scotia that is irresistible to people and investment, through placemaking, infrastructure and programming. Our employees have many things in common—we’re proud to live in Nova Scotia, we love our work and we believe…
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Media

Visit the News section for our latest updates. For information, contact Deborah Page, Director, Marketing and Communications, tel: 902.499.0275, or deborah.page@developns.ca.
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Recognition

At Develop Nova Scotia, our goal is to get you as close as you can possibly get to the unforgettable beauty, captivating experiences and unparalleled opportunities where land meets sea. Through our projects and partnerships, we have received a number of awards and recognitions including Tall Ships Nova Scotia. We proudly share these with the…
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History of Develop Nova Scotia

History of Develop Nova Scotia

Building on the value of the waterfront since 1976 The province of Nova Scotia has always recognized the value of its spectacular waterfront spaces. In 1976, the Waterfront Development Corporation took on the task to create experiences and opportunities and invest in infrastructure at the water’s edge. The Corporation began with a focus on the…
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NEWS

Partnership Opportunity

Inspired by European-style Holiday Markets, in conjunction with partners, Develop Nova Scotia is curating the Evergreen Festival, scheduled for November 28 – December 21, 2020. Dispersed throughout downtown Halifax and the Halifax waterfront, this multi-week outdoor experience celebrating Nova Scotia’s…

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Access to High-Speed Internet for More Nova Scotians

Connection matters. Delivering Internet for Nova Scotians is a priority and we’re making progress. Projects that will deliver reliable, high-speed internet to 97% of Nova Scotia homes and businesses are officially underway. On September 1/20, Develop Nova Scotia announced the…

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Exploring Georges Island

It’s official! As of August 8, 2020 Georges Island will be open to explore for weekends, now extended up to and including Thanksgiving weekend, October 10 and 11. Situated in the heart of Halifax Harbour this national historic site reflects…

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Eastern Shore's Liscombe Lodge Has New Owner

Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre will continue to be a wonderful place to experience the spectacular Eastern Shore. The Province has sold Liscombe Lodge in Guysborough County to Hearthstone Hospitality Limited. The new owner will invest $1 million in upgrades in this iconic resort…

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Busking on the Waterfront

We know busking adds to the vibrancy of our waterfront and city. Our Busking Program is back in place on the Halifax waterfront. However, please ensure you maintain safe social distancing and are not gathering outside of your groups up…

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Lunenburg Waterfront Highlights

Welcome to the Lunenburg Waterfront Association’s (LWAI’s) 16th summer review of our ongoing project to preserve and energize our working waterfront. Due to COVID’s public health precautions we have delayed our annual public symposium and have prepared a “virtual meeting report”…

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Small Commercial Marine Business Opportunities

It is an exciting time to be in Nova Scotia at the water’s edge. It is where our ocean economy is building. It is where world-class researchers and industry innovate and collaborate to connect with new markets. It is where…

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Arts District Design Competition

June 2020 Update — Phase one of the international Design Competition for the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and vibrant Public Space is now complete. In early July phase two of the competition will commence, when three successful teams…

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Shipyard Revitalization Project- Former Smith & Rhuland Shipyard  

On May 27/20, the Province announced an investment of up to $230M to improve infrastructure and help get the economy moving again. The funding will support more than 200 shovel ready projects, creating up to 2000 jobs. A number of these…

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Develop Nova Scotia brings Open City under wing

It’s time to Re-Open City! As Nova Scotia’s economy gradually opens up our local businesses need our support now more than ever. So, we worked our partners rejigged a well-loved event to help kick it into high gear. We think…

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