History

History

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 Halifax Harbour, but in July, 2018, Develop Nova Scotia was formed with a new pan-provincial mandate to develop strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia.

A brief history of the Halifax waterfront

The waterfront has always been the historical core of commercial and naval Halifax: a bustling working harbour in a growing city. The post-WWI downturn in traditional waterfront activity was followed by containerized shipping growth, which led to property deterioration as businesses moved elsewhere in the harbour. Over this same period, Halifax declined as a fishing port. In 1960, a Harbourfront Highway proposal was replaced by a community that was looking for a more progressive strategy for their waterfront.

Waterfront Development is born

Three levels of government came together to develop a plan that would generate economic and social property on the waterfront. The committee became a Crown Corporation with the mandate to redevelop and revitalize the lands surrounding Halifax Harbour (and any other lands designated by its shareholder, the Province of Nova Scotia), and was named Waterfront Development Corporation. Since 1976, Waterfront Development has worked with partners on a number of key development projects, including Marriott Harbourfront and the award-winning Bishop’s Landing in Halifax. Today, Develop Nova Scotia has a province-wide mandate with the same basic principles to capitalize on Nova Scotia’s wealth of waterfront assets, and ensure residents, visitors and entrepreneurs have access to the spaces in a well-planned and inclusive manner. See Projects.

NEWS

Internet for Nova Scotia Update July, 2019

Improving rural internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where both people and businesses flourish. Learn more about the latest updates on the project.

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New Home for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will move to a new, modern space on Halifax’s waterfront. The move, announced April 18, will enhance the province’s position as a leader in the visual arts, inviting the world to celebrate our culture.

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10 Organizations Pre-qualified to Address High-Speed Internet in Nova Scotia

Ten organizations have been qualified and include a mix of small and large companies, as well as municipalities to address rural internet in Nova Scotia.

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Rural Internet Pre-Qualified

10 Organizations Pre-qualified to Address High-Speed Internet in Nova Scotia Improving rural high-speed internet service is a priority. Having a strong internet network will help our province build places where businesses and people flourish. In 2018, the government placed $193…

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Lunenburg Waterfront

Lunenburg Big Boat Shed Investment

The province and the Government of Canada are investing $1.5 million to revitalize and enhance the Big Boat Shed on Nova Scotia’s iconic Lunenburg waterfront.

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Halifax Waterfront

Lockheed Martin Comes to COVE

As a leading technology and innovation company, Lockheed Martin Canada is committed to the next big idea, and now they are a tenant at COVE.

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Halifax Waterfront

COVE Welcomes IBM Canada

The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) welcomes IBM Canada, who has joined the ocean business park as a tenant.

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Harbour Islands Visitor Experience Strategy

The province has invested $100,000 for the creation of a Visitor Experience Strategy for the Halifax Harbour Islands, focusing on Georges and McNabs Islands.

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New Appointees to Board of Directors

Five new members were appointed to the Develop Nova Scotia board of directors.

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Annual Report 2017/2018

The Annual Report for 2017/2018 is now available.

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