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Scotian gold apple processing

Be more competitive, innovative, and sustainable.

The Innovation Rebate Program (IRP) provides financial incentives for projects that assist Nova Scotia companies as they scale to increase their competitiveness.

The program supports companies as they innovate, drive productivity, increase production capacity, and adopt cleaner and more sustainable approaches to growth across Nova Scotia.

The Innovation Rebate Program works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs. Eligible expenditures will include direct costs of Eligible Projects as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines.

An Eligible Project is a project approved by Nova Scotia Business Inc. for purposes of the IRP and may include:

  • Implementation of new, significantly improved, and/or more sustainable production processes;
  • Supporting the principles and goals of Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act. This can include, but is not limited to, improving energy efficiency, integration of the use of renewable energy, waste reduction, circular economy activities, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and increasing resilience to the impact of climate change;
  • Scaling production capacity for companies producing sustainable and clean products that will support Nova Scotia and other jurisdictions in meeting their sustainable prosperity goals;
  • Strengthening supply chains to enable production in Nova Scotia (projects that replace existing Nova Scotia based producers are not permitted);
  • Increasing production capacity to enter new markets and/or produce new products;
  • Establishing new production facilities in Nova Scotia; and
  • Value-added processing for traditional industries such as forestry, seafood, and agriculture

An Eligible Project must have a minimum total budgeted Nova Scotia investment (excluding tax) of no less than $350,000. The maximum amount of Eligible Project Costs to which the IRP rebate will be applied is $15,000,000.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed application form via PDF to a Regional Business Development Advisor

Connect with a Regional Business Development Advisor to request an application form, confirm eligibility and discuss next steps.

Important Dates

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Projects must be completed within 3 years from the date an application is approved.

Helpful Links

For complete program details or assistance in completing the application form, please contact the Regional Business Development Advisor for your region or refer to the following:

Contact a Regional Business Development Advisor near you or use our interactive map  

SOUTH SHORE REGION
Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne
Malinda Matchett
mmatchett@nsbi.ca

902.523.5137

WESTERN REGION
Yarmouth, Digby

Malinda Matchett
mmatchett@nsbi.ca

902.774.0208

VALLEY REGION
Annapolis, Kings, Hants
Sean Cochrane
scochrane@nsbi.ca

902.790.2372

NORTHERN REGION
Cumberland, Colchester
David Copus
dcopus@nsbi.ca

902.893.6156

NORTHEASTERN REGION
Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough

Lynn Coffin
lcoffin@nsbi.ca

902.759.8708

CAPE BRETON REGION
Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria
Wanda MacLean
wmaclean@nsbi.ca

902.227.7144

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
Dartmouth & East
Beth McCormack
bmccormack@nsbi.ca

902.456.5047

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
Halifax & West
Rob Black
rblack@nsbi.ca

902.402.3250