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One-in-five jobs in Nova Scotia are connected to the ocean

More than 300 companies are doing oceans-sector business in Nova Scotia, including more than 60 innovators of new, high-tech products and services. 

Industries involved in our ocean economy

The ocean industry in Nova Scotia is diverse, providing goods and services in:

  • oceans technology
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • tourism
  • boatbuilding
  • shipbuilding
  • offshore oil and gas
  • transportation
  • marine-centric defence and security
  • life sciences
  • renewable energy

Leading technologies

Ocean technologies are our strength with high levels of R&D and innovation, a pool of experts, and a proven track record of growth and export. Nova Scotian companies are pioneering technologies in:

  • Underwater acoustics, sensing and imaging
  • Marine communication and navigation
  • Enhanced engineering and environmental services
  • Wireless networks and sensors
  • Robotics and autonomous vehicles
  • Informatics and artificial intelligence

Knowledge clusters

Canada's Ocean Supercluster

Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led partnership with Government, small-to-large sized companies, and innovators from across ocean sectors who are committed to collaborative research and development, driving economic growth, and positioning Canada as a leader in the global ocean economy. The ambition of the Ocean Supercluster is to create high-value jobs, invest in high-impact projects, and bolster the performance of Canada’s ocean industries by accelerating the adoption of new technologies and fostering connectivity between companies and innovators.

Learn more at https://oceansupercluster.ca/.


COVE

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector. The primary role of COVE is to support ocean technology commercialization. This collaborative space will be home to local and global ocean technology businesses, start-ups, researchers, marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean technology sector.

The facility will include a mix of short and long-term workspace to support members locally and those visiting from other locations. They will receive access to a range of services and shared infrastructure. There will also be a full mix of programming that can be accessed on site and on a virtual basis. Members from across Nova Scotia will have access to services via regional node arrangements.

View the COVE Ocean Tech or Naval Defence PDF brochure.


Research ecosystem

Nova Scotia has become a hub for cutting-edge research and technology development. The establishment of several research labs and institutions have made Nova Scotia a leader in the ocean sector. 


Fast facts

  • Nova Scotia has one of the highest concentrations of oceans-related PhDs in the world
  • Including spin-offs, ocean-related industries generate approximately $4.5 billion, or 12.2% of provincial GDP.
  • The ocean-technology industry accounts for about one-third of total research and development among Nova Scotia businesses
  • The ocean industries employ almost 35,000 Nova Scotian workers.
  • Dalhousie University has 25% of all federal National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) oceans research grants
  • The $60 billion naval defence contract with Irving Shipbuilding provides substantial direct and spin-off benefits for the province through supply chain development as well as research and development activities.

View our ocean technology infographic PDF.


Do business with the world

The ocean economy is a key source of food, energy, minerals, health, leisure, and transport upon which hundreds of millions of people depend. OECD values the ocean economy's contribution in 2010 very conservatively at USD 1.5 trillion, and projects growth to $3 trillion by 2030. The Nova Scotian oceans industry is export-driven, and its top export markets are the US, Asia, and Europe.


You'll be in good company

For an inclusive listing of oceans technologies companies in Nova Scotia, please visit the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia's Capabilities Guide.