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Why Western Nova Scotia?

Why Western Nova Scotia?

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Renewable Energy

A full spectrum of renewable energies:
  • Solar exposure levels over 1,100 kWh per sq. m
  • The Bay of Fundy - highest tidal range in the world (tides up to 27.6 ft)
  • Exceptional biomass opportunities, only 0.78% of provincial forests harvested annually
  • 14 wind energy farms
  • A proven distributed energy model at Université Sainte-Anne

Access to key markets

  • A million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive
  • Prime position and time zone to access the Europe and take advantage of CETA
  • Immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries

Low Costs

  • Available and affordable land ranging from approximately $5,000 to $7,500 USD
  • Low wage costs. Nova Scotia’s average annual wage is $49,700, 12.8% than the national average at $57,000. Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Income Survey, 2016

Unique R&D opportunities

  • Exceptional access to natural resources with R&D support networks from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) etc. with a range of new opportunities across fisheries, forestry, and renewable energy
  • Collaboration opportunities in biotechnology and bio-processing, oceanography, marine and aquaculture at Université Sainte-Anne and data analytics at The Centre of Geographic Sciences

Talent

  • More than 70% of the region’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%
  • 15% of population employed in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations. Source: fDi Intelligence from the Financial Times
  • More than 70% of the region’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%

Ocean Supercluster

Why Western Nova Scotia?

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Renewable Energy

A full spectrum of renewable energies:
  • Solar exposure levels over 1,100 kWh per sq. m
  • The Bay of Fundy - highest tidal range in the world (tides up to 27.6 ft)
  • Exceptional biomass opportunities, only 0.78% of provincial forests harvested annually
  • 14 wind energy farms
  • A proven distributed energy model at Université Sainte-Anne

Access to key markets

  • A million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive
  • Prime position and time zone to access the Europe and take advantage of CETA
  • Immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries

Low Costs

  • Available and affordable land ranging from approximately $5,000 to $7,500 USD
  • Low wage costs. Nova Scotia’s average annual wage is $49,700, 12.8% than the national average at $57,000. Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Income Survey, 2016

Unique R&D opportunities

  • Exceptional access to natural resources with R&D support networks from Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) etc. with a range of new opportunities across fisheries, forestry, and renewable energy
  • Collaboration opportunities in biotechnology and bio-processing, oceanography, marine and aquaculture at Université Sainte-Anne and data analytics at The Centre of Geographic Sciences

Talent

  • More than 70% of the region’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%
  • 15% of population employed in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations. Source: fDi Intelligence from the Financial Times
  • More than 70% of the region’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%

Ocean Supercluster

Process

Establishing a business in Canada. Invest Canada provides helpful information on immigration, taxation, laws and regulations, as well as relevant federal and regional organization, in addition to some guides to investing in Canada.

Establishing a business in Nova Scotia. Access Nova Scotia provides helpful information on licenses & permits, taxes, registration etc.

Establishing a business in Western Nova Scotia. BusinessNow assists prospective and existing business owners & leaders through a confidential, professional navigation service.  Clients connect to the full spectrum of business supports in Nova Scotia and Canada through formal partnerships at all levels of government; municipal, provincial and federal.

How We Can Help

Western Regional Enterprise Network and its Municipal and Provincial partners offer a variety of complimentary services to support potential and existing investors in the Western Nova Scotia region:

  • Site selection assistance
  • Support with permits and the approval process
  • Assistance with identifying potential partners, distributors or suppliers
  • Market research such as labour, demographic and logistical information
  • Providing customized familiarization tours
  • Assistance with talent recruitment and development
  • Connecting with Municipal and Provincial governments and agencies

Incentives

Workforce Incentives

Payroll Rebate: A performance-based financial incentive offered to qualified companies expanding or locating in Nova Scotia which provides a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll.

Innovation Rebate Program: Financial incentives on projects that enable Nova Scotia businesses to increase innovation capacity via private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes. Works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs.

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI): Provides eligible employers with a funding incentive to invest in employee skills development through workforce training.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO): A two-year program that provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate. Eligible employer could receive 25% of the graduate’s annual salary in year one, and 12.5% of the graduate’s annual salary in year two.

Strategic Co-op Education Incentive: Provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded, and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

Research & Innovation Incentives

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program: Provides tax incentives to encourage R&D in Canada. Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), it is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial research and development.

Nova Scotia Research and Development Tax Credit: This incentive mirrors the federal SR&ED program, and provides an additional 15% tax credit to Nova Scotia corporations that incur qualified SR&ED expenditures made in Nova Scotia, as defined by the federal Income Tax Act.

Atlantic Innovation Fund: Aims to increase Atlantic Canada’s innovation capacity by funding R&D projects linked to the commercialization of technology-based products, processes or services.

Starting Your Business

Establishing a business in Canada. Invest Canada provides helpful information on immigration, taxation, laws and regulations, as well as relevant federal and regional organization, in addition to some guides to investing in Canada.

Establishing a business in Nova Scotia. Access Nova Scotia provides helpful information on licenses & permits, taxes, registration etc.

Establishing a business in Western Nova Scotia. BusinessNow assists prospective and existing business owners & leaders through a confidential, professional navigation service.  Clients connect to the full spectrum of business supports in Nova Scotia and Canada through formal partnerships at all levels of government; municipal, provincial and federal.

Western Regional Enterprise Network and its Municipal and Provincial partners offer a variety of complimentary services to support potential and existing investors in the Western Nova Scotia region:

  • Site selection assistance
  • Support with permits and the approval process
  • Assistance with identifying potential partners, distributors or suppliers
  • Market research such as labour, demographic and logistical information
  • Providing customized familiarization tours
  • Assistance with talent recruitment and development
  • Connecting with Municipal and Provincial governments and agencies

Workforce Incentives

Payroll Rebate: A performance-based financial incentive offered to qualified companies expanding or locating in Nova Scotia which provides a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll.

Innovation Rebate Program: Financial incentives on projects that enable Nova Scotia businesses to increase innovation capacity via private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes. Works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs.

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI): Provides eligible employers with a funding incentive to invest in employee skills development through workforce training.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO): A two-year program that provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate. Eligible employer could receive 25% of the graduate’s annual salary in year one, and 12.5% of the graduate’s annual salary in year two.

Strategic Co-op Education Incentive: Provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded, and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

Research & Innovation Incentives

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program: Provides tax incentives to encourage R&D in Canada. Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), it is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial research and development.

Nova Scotia Research and Development Tax Credit: This incentive mirrors the federal SR&ED program, and provides an additional 15% tax credit to Nova Scotia corporations that incur qualified SR&ED expenditures made in Nova Scotia, as defined by the federal Income Tax Act.

Atlantic Innovation Fund: Aims to increase Atlantic Canada’s innovation capacity by funding R&D projects linked to the commercialization of technology-based products, processes or services.

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Fisheries

A globally renowned fisheries region.

A highly developed ecosystem of over 1,100 companies including MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified fisheries and niche producers.

Part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

Western Nova Scotia provides unparalleled greenfield opportunities in fisheries

Creative entrepreneurs in health foods, agri-foods, nutraceuticals, pharma, energy, fishing vessel technologies, alternative fuels, advanced manufacturing technologies, safety upgrades

Low competition environment with few recyclers /processing of waste resources in the region

Artificial ecosystem development inland systems such as closed aquaculture ad fish hotels

World-class fisheries R&D network e.g. Laboratory for Innovation in Science and Industry at Université Sainte-Anne, NSCC Applied Oceans Research team etc

Innovation in boat building

An evolving bio-science led fisheries industries ecosystem

Talent

  • Available and affordable land ranging from approximately $5,000 to $7,500 USD
  • Low wage costs. Nova Scotia’s average annual wage is $49,700, 12.8% than the national average at $57,000. Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Income Survey, 2016

Access to major markets: a million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive, Portland, ME 4 hours by ferry, and immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway in Halifax with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries.

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Forestry

Tap into Nova Scotia’s $2.1 billion forestry industry

90% of Nova Scotia’s 5.5 million hectares is forested. Source: Forest Nova Scotia

Source: Forest Nova Scotia

85% of forests in Nova Scotia regrow naturally

Exceptional biomass opportunities with only 0.78% of Nova Scotia’s forests harvested annually

Sustainable forestry opportunities. Resources and appetite to leverage the full extent of the forestry value chain from roundwood, to lumber, to glulam, cross-laminated timber (CLT), to manufacturing, to biomass from forest residues.

Distributed energy opportunities. A proven distributed energy model at Université Sainte-Anne.

Talent

  • Access talent from the Sustainable Forest Management program
  • 15% of population employed in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%. Source: fDi Intelligence from the Financial Times

Highly Developed Innovation Ecosystem e.g. Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, Canada’s largest geomatics-focused learning environment at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) etc

Access to major markets: a million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive, Portland, ME 4 hours by ferry, and immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway in Halifax with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries.

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Renewable Energy

Where sustainability meets profitability

Part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to promote the knowledge-based ocean economy

Green province – renewable electricity plan of 40% renewable energy by 2020

A full spectrum of renewable energies:

  • Solar exposure levels over 1,100 kWh per sq. m
  • The Bay of Fundy - highest tidal range in the world (tides up to 27.6 ft)
  • Exceptional biomass opportunities with only 0.78% of Nova Scotia’s forests harvested annually
  • Exceptional biomass opportunities with only 0.78% of Nova Scotia’s forests harvested annually
  • 14 wind energy farms
  • A proven distributed energy model at Université Sainte-Anne

Opportunities across:

  • Solar
  • Marine
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Biomass
  • Distributed Energy

Highly Developed Innovation Ecosystem e.g. Acadia University’s Fundy Energy Research Network, Laboratory for Innovation in Science and Industry at Université Sainte-Anne etc

Talent

  • More than 70% of the region’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree
  • 15% of population employed in natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
  • Ranked # 1 compared to closest competitors in terms of labour availability with 11.1%. Source: fDi Intelligence from the Financial Times

Access to major markets: a million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive, Portland, ME 4 hours by ferry, and immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway in Halifax with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries.

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Talent

Talent & Support

Strong education system to feed talent pool. Canada's education capital - more university students and graduates per capita

More than 70% of Western Region Nova Scotia’s residents possess a certificate, diploma or degree

26,000 in local labour force with access to provincial labour pool

Bilingual workforce (English/French)

A progressive Provincial Immigration Strategy to double the number of immigrants in Nova Scotia by 2020

Extensive labour market programming e.g. The Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive supports businesses through employee and management skills development

Western Nova Scotia #1 in the proportion employed in manufacturing at 15.06% compared to its closest competitors.

Source: fDi Intelligence from the Financial Times

Education

  • Local institutions Université Sainte-Anne and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • 62 programs in fisheries and aquaculture, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades at all levels
  • Specialist education programs: biological sciences at Université Sainte-Anne and Acadia University, marine resources at NSCC, fisheries and aquaculture at NSCC School of Fisheries
  • Specialist fisheries training: NSCC School of Fisheries offers training programs for fish harvesting industry and for small vessel operators
  • Access to a potential workforce of nearly 1,500 graduates in fisheries and aquaculture, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades
  • Local institutions Université Sainte-Anne and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • 68 programs in environmental sciences, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades at all levels
  • Access talent from specialist education programs:

    — Biological sciences at Université Sainte-Anne and
    Acadia University

    Diploma and certificate programs in engineering technology at NSCC

    Sustainable Forest Management program at Dalhousie University
  • Access to a potential workforce of over 1,600 graduates in environmental sciences, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades through regional education institutions
  • Local institutions Université Sainte-Anne and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
  • 70 programs in environmental sciences, energy, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades at all levels
  • Access talent from specialist education programs:

    Biological sciences at Université Sainte-Anne and Acadia University

    Diploma and certificate programs in geographic sciences, geomatics, engineering technology at NSCC

    Master of Science in Applied Geomatics (NSCC joint M.Sc. with Acadia University)
  • Access to a potential workforce of nearly 1,800 graduates in environmental sciences, energy, engineering, biological sciences, and technical trades through regional education institutions

Access To Markets

Access to major markets:

  • A million in the province and 135 million in North Eastern U.S. within a day’s drive
  • New York and Boston within 1-3 hour flights
  • Portland, ME, 4 hours by Ferry

Ideally located to exploit the CETA (Canada-EU (European Union) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) investing and unlock a host of opportunities

Access to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) valued at $21 Trillion

Immediate proximity to Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway in Halifax with multi-modal market access to more than 150 countries, closest major continental North American link to the EU

Innovation

Access to major markets:

  • Innovacorp offers early stage venture support
  • Invest to Innovate program offered by Nova Scotia Business Inc
  • The Atlantic Innovation Fund helps companies develop and bring to market new products and services
  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development incentives
  • Access to the brightest research minds through the IRAP, MITACs and NSERC Engage programs

Fisheries

  • Part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to promote the knowledge-based ocean economy
  • Université Sainte-Anne - Academic partner in Canadian Fisheries Research Network - part of a world-class fisheries research and development ecosystem
  • Université Sainte-Anne Marine Research Centre – specialist oceanography, marine and aquaculture industry research
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Forestry

  • Considerable data analytics expertise in natural resources with Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown
  • Applied Geomatics Research Group at (COGS)
  • Laboratory for Innovation in Science and Industry (Université Sainte-Anne)
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Renewable Energy

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A democratic system is synonymous with change. Along with our electoral cycles come changes to our economic development landscape. How do we remain focused and effective when surrounded by so many moving parts?

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