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Our Mandate

To lead sustainable development of high potential property and infrastructure to drive inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

Vision

Nova Scotia is among the world’s great places.

Mission

Building on our ocean advantage, together with our partners and our community, we will develop authentic, sustainable places in Nova Scotia that are irresistible to people and investment.

Our Purpose

A location becomes a place in the same way a house becomes a home. Places are locations that have meaning for people, and it is people who give them meaning. They reflect our unique character, diverse culture, collective heritage and shared aspirations. There are reasons that make you want to come back to a great place, or stay longer—like thoughtful infrastructure, interesting activities, and good management. They are authentic and connected, livable and lovable, and they create a sense of belonging.

Whether attracting people to make a life here, businesses to invest, entrepreneurs to cluster for innovation or visitors to explore our province, quality of place plays a central role in the decision to come here over somewhere else.

To build places with everyone, our diverse communities should feel empowered to participate in creating the place. When people belong, they feel they have a say in shaping places that attract people and investment to Nova Scotia.

Develop Nova Scotia stewards great places in Nova Scotia to maximize their potential to drive inclusive economic growth.

public and stakeholder engagement

We engage with public and private sector organizations, as well as the public at large, to understand community priorities and design projects, properties and programs that are inclusive, that are uniquely Nova Scotian, and that reflect our shared heritage and aspirations.

land and infrastructure planning

We plan projects that maximize economic value and prioritize social inclusion and environmental sustainability. We preserve public access to the water’s edge and prioritize people in our planning.

infrastructure development and management

Our multi-year development projects attract private and public investment and enhance strategic properties and infrastructure. These destinations, for locals and visitors, support strategic sector and entrepreneurial growth and contribute to the magnetism of Nova Scotia as a place to live.

property and project management

Our portfolio includes some of Nova Scotia’s highest profile and most visited properties. We have expertise in commercial, industrial and public realm property management, including specialized expertise in the management of marine infrastructure and complex public–private sector project partnerships.

business and program development

Our assets are platforms for business, innovators, events, and social enterprise to flourish and the community to come together. Revenue generated from operations is reinvested in the property for public benefit.

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative: More Scope Expansion Projects Announced

Connection matters. Delivering Internet for Nova Scotians is a priority and we’re making good progress. Access to reliable, high-speed internet across the province gives Nova Scotians options in choosing where to live and work and helps attract those who can…

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Accessible Viewing Deck Coming to Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a beloved, iconic part of Nova Scotia and one of the province’s most popular tourist areas. To help ensure a safe, accessible and engaging experience for visitors, business operators and residents, the Province of Nova Scotia and…

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Strong community support for first Evergreen Festival

December 21, 2020 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: The inaugural Evergreen Festival, led by Discover Halifax and Develop Nova Scotia, wrapped up yesterday, December 20, 2020, with incredible support from across the province. Over the course of the four-week event, Halifax-area families…

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Marine Infrastructure Investments in Nova Scotia

Working waterfronts are important social and economic infrastructure across the province. They add value to local economies and communities and attract boaters and visitors by sea. That is why today, Develop Nova Scotia, along with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency…

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Evergreen Festival makes safe switch to online-only

November 25, 2020 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: Discover Halifax and Develop Nova Scotia have announced changes to the Evergreen Festival, a four-week outdoor festival set to kick-off November 28 to December 20, 2020. For safety reasons, most in-person aspects of…

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Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative: Scope Expansion Projects Announced

Connection matters. Delivering Internet for Nova Scotians is a priority and we’re making progress. In September 2020, we announced projects that will bring access to 97% of Nova Scotia homes and businesses—good progress, but we are not done. We’ve immediately…

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First-ever Evergreen Festival safely celebrates the season

November 5, 2020 – Halifax, Nova Scotia: Downtown Halifax and the Halifax waterfront will come alive with music, light and joy for the first-ever annual Evergreen Festival, November 28- December 20, 2020. Throughout the four-week festival, guests will enjoy a…

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Evergreen Festival Charitable/Non-Profit Organization Opportunity

Develop Nova Scotia is curating a new festival for 2020, the Evergreen Festival. Taking place November 28 – December 21, this multi-week event will include a collection of outdoor experiences and events dispersed throughout Halifax on the waterfront and downtown.…

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Vendor Opportunity for Evergreen Market

Evergreen Festival is a new event in 2020 curated by Develop Nova Scotia, in conjunction with partners, from November 28 – December 20. Dispersed throughout downtown Halifax and along the Halifax waterfront, this  multi-week outdoor experience celebrates Nova Scotia’s culture,…

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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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