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.

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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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