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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.

Annual Report 2019-2020

Our 2019-20 Annual Report is a reflection on the work we did before the world went sideways.

Develop Nova Scotia builds things. But how we build them matters as much as what we build. Our goal is for the projects we develop to contribute to authentic, inclusive, sustainable places where people love to be. A place-based approach to economic development provides more opportunities for community participation, inclusion, and resilience. So that the most important thing we build is community.

We’re proud of our accomplishments. We are humbly learning to do a better job of engaging our broad and diverse community to contribute to the creation of places where everyone can belong. But we aren’t too humble to celebrate some of the projects we’ve undertaken this year them with the people from our communities who make them possible. In the spirit of sharing both effort and kudos, this report highlights some of our collective achievements from 2019-20.

To browse the full report, click here.

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NEWS

Public Call for Activations: Waterfront +

It is an exciting time to be in Nova Scotia at the water’s edge.  It is here where residents and visitors alike come to experience and celebrate our maritime culture, where we find and nurture inspiration. As a province, our…

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Louisbourg Visitor Experience Project

Over the past several months, Develop Nova Scotia has been working many stakeholders to develop a Louisbourg visitor experience project for the waterfront and Main Street. With a focus on creating a social and economic gathering place for locals and…

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Seasonal Opportunities - Halifax and Lunenburg Waterfronts

Join our team! We’re inviting applications for the following term positions*: Marina Attendant – Lunenburg Waterfront Marina Attendants – Halifax Waterfront  Waterfront Attendants – Halifax Waterfront Reporting to the Marine and Property Managers, the Marina Attendants are the face of Develop…

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Stella Maris - New Multi-User Marine Testing Platform at COVE

The Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship’s (COVE) new multi-use platform enables rapid, cost-effective product development in ocean tech sector. Know as Stella Maris, the project was announced on February 11/21. Our team at Develop Nova Scotia is currently wrapping…

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Big Boat Shed Project

The Big Boat Shed is a big deal and, recently, there was some big news! Our team has  been working away on the revitalization of this historic boatbuilding facility on Lunenburg’s working waterfront. All part of the waterfront master plan…

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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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