Key Sectors

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

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

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:

Opportunities across:

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

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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