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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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Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove: Develop Nova Scotia to operate new provincial properties for 2021-22 season

Develop Nova Scotia is thrilled to share that our team has been tasked with operating new and renovated provincially-owned assets and infrastructure in Peggy’s Cove for the 2021-22 season.

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17th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium - June 24

Join the Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 17th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Association Symposium & Information Update, virtually. Hear more on the year in review, projects and progress as our community looks ahead. Also joining is…

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Heritage Recognition Award - Big Boat Shed

The Town of Lunenburg has established an annual Heritage Recognition Awards Program that recognizes and shows appreciation to property owners and developers on a job well done. Restoration work on important buildings and infrastructure continues to keep our communities thriving…

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Pictou Waterfront Master Plan

The Town of Pictou is partnering with Develop Nova Scotia to find a qualified consultant to undertake a master plan for Pictou’s Waterfront. The plan will position the waterfront as a destination for Pictonians and visitors; to ensure that the waterfront…

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Small Commercial Marine Business Opportunity

Small Commercial Marine Business Policy – Blue Line Program 2021 Season 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…

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Join Our Team - Project Manager

We are currently recruiting for a Project Manager, Construction to join our team of dedicated professionals in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Infrastructure Projects, you will be responsible for the management of assigned construction projects from…

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The Halifax Waterfront Marina is Blue Flag certified for another year! This is Develop Nova Scotia’s 9th year receiving this annual certification for the marina. We’re the only Nova Scotia location this year and 1 of 10 marinas nationally. With thousands of…

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Food & Beverage Kiosk Opportunity

Do you have a great food and beverage idea or business? We’re inviting prospective proponents to submit proposals to operate a high-quality food and beverage kiosk on the Halifax waterfront with a special focus on a small well-made menu of…

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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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