History of Develop Nova Scotia

History of Develop Nova Scotia

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. To view an in-depth look at the history of the Halifax waterfront, click here.

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

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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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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