Corporate

We build places for people, and how we do it builds community.


We use places as tools to attract people to Nova Scotia and bring people together in pursuit of common goals. Everything we do is grounded in the focus areas of Thriving Communities, Authentic Destinations, and Working Waterfronts—and our sweet spot is stewarding projects that enhance quality of life and community well-being, build local pride and momentum, and grow our economy.

Mandate

Lead the sustainable development of economic and social infrastructure to advance inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

Mission

Working together we can build on our natural assets to make Nova Scotia an authentic, sustainable place that attracts people.

Vision

Nova Scotia is irresistible to people and investment.

Purpose

Nova Scotia is a place where everyone can belong.

Thriving Communities

Great places are accessible and connected.


A connected Nova Scotia is a thriving Nova Scotia. We are collaborating with communities across Nova Scotia to support rural growth through connectivity, capacity building, and projects that enhance pride of place. We’re hustling to deliver access to high-speed internet to every household, to enable more businesses to start and scale up, to attract more people to live in Nova Scotia, and to take care of those who are already here.

The remarkable intricacy and liveliness of downtown can never be created by the abstract logic of a few men. Downtown has had the capability of providing something for everybody only because it has been created by everybody.

Jane Jacobs

Authentic Destinations

Great places are built for community first.


We develop and steward sustainable, year-round destinations for people, with

people. When we invest in building places for people (especially locals), the outcomes are magnetic and sustainable places that create the conditions for community and commerce to thrive and investment to flow. And—perhaps most importantly—these places contribute to enhanced quality of life for everyone.

These intensely local partnerships with community create new avenues for growth, while leveraging our strength of place and community to attract people to Nova Scotia—to visit, to live, to work, to invest, and to participate.

$317.3

MILLION


in direct and spinoff
Gross Domestic Product

5,094

PERSON-YEARS


in direct and spinoff
employment

$238

MILLION


in direct and spinoff
household income

$25.8

MILLION


in direct and spinoff provincial
government tax revenue
Source: Group ATN Consulting (2018). Economic Impact of Develop Nova Scotia’s Approach to Waterfront Development.

Working Waterfronts

Great places build on our collective strengths and natural assets.


Lunenburg Waterfront

Working waterfronts work hard for Nova Scotia. They are critical pieces of economic infrastructure—and it’s no secret that a rising tide lifts all boats! Creating the conditions for innovation is key to Nova Scotia’s economic growth and prosperity. We do our part to foster this growth through strategic partnerships, physical infrastructure, and platforms for business—but it takes a village.

We partner with industry, community, and all levels of government to steward spaces and develop sustainable infrastructure that support the growth of multiple businesses across high-potential ocean sectors. And, along the way, our collective efforts position Nova Scotia as a world leader in both ocean technology and sustainable development.

No place in Nova Scotia
is more than

67km

from the ocean

Ocean industries
employ over

35,000

Nova Scotian
workers

Over

300

oceansector
businesses

$4.5

BILLION


annual revenue for
ocean-related industries
(including spin-off)
Source: Group ATN Consulting (2018). Economic Impact of Develop Nova Scotia’s Approach to Waterfront Development.

News

Satellite Internet Program Expansion

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to in… ...

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to internet services faster. Starting today, August 11, the program will ac…

Province Invests in Satellite Internet

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Sa… ...

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program announced today, July 29, will…

New Projects Announced for Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with… ...

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with Eastlink as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The expan…

18th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symp… ...

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium & Information Update on June 25, 2022. View the Lunenburg Wa…

Join our Team – Business Developer & Programming Manager

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property manager… ...

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property managers, storytellers, creatives, pragmatists, stewards of public investment…

Retail Opportunities at Salt Yard

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfr… ...

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfront’s most vibrant districts. Develop Nova Scotia is seeking potential…

High-Speed Internet to Reach More Nova Scotians with Eastlink and Bell

April 21, 2022—Halifax, NS: Access to high-speed internet will reach another 400 Nova Scotian homes and businesses under new contracts with Eastlink and… ...

April 21, 2022—Halifax, NS: Access to high-speed internet will reach another 400 Nova Scotian homes and businesses under new contracts with Eastlink and Bell signed by Develop Nova Scotia. Eastlink will expand access to 66…

Local Art Business Opportunity in Peggy’s Cove’s Historic deGarthe Studio

April 14, 2022 — Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: Full of character, history, and ocean views, Peggy’s Cove is the perfect place for creativity to thrive. Dev… ...

April 14, 2022 — Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia: Full of character, history, and ocean views, Peggy’s Cove is the perfect place for creativity to thrive. Develop Nova Scotia is seeking local artists, makers, and craftspeople to…

City Harbour Cruises to Offer New Marine Experience from the Halifax Waterfront

April 4, 2022—Halifax, NS: All aboard for your own Halifax harbour adventure! City Harbour Cruises has partnered with Develop Nova Scotia to offer a ran… ...

April 4, 2022—Halifax, NS: All aboard for your own Halifax harbour adventure! City Harbour Cruises has partnered with Develop Nova Scotia to offer a range of marine experiences on the Halifax harbour. Founded by Halifax bu…

Community Garden Development Opportunity at Dartmouth Cove

Addendum #1: The term length for this project has been extended from 1 year to 2 years to allow for a second growing season in 2023 if the group is not… ...

Addendum #1: The term length for this project has been extended from 1 year to 2 years to allow for a second growing season in 2023 if the group is not able to fully utilize the 2022 growing season due to tight timelines t…