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Want to access post-secondary institution research and resources?

The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program helps small and medium-sized companies access direct assistance to help make their business more productive and innovative. The program supports businesses to seek out expertise within post-secondary institutions to:

  • Improve productivity;
  • Develop a new product, service, or process; and
  • Create growth

There are two tiers of the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.

  • Tier 1: Vouchers of up to $15,000 for eligible businesses that have not previously been awarded a voucher or are applying with a new project.
  • Tier 2: Vouchers of up to $25,000 for eligible businesses to build on work already completed through a Tier 1 Voucher.

To ensure more Nova Scotia companies can get started on their research initiatives, we are limiting the number of times a company can access Tier 1 vouchers to two projects total. 

Vouchers are used to obtain services from eligible Service Providers. Businesses must select a provider and service that best fits their needs.


Application Deadline:

Applications for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program are accepted on a rolling basis, subject to funding availability. All applications must be received by 5:00pm (AST) on October 15, 2021.

All projects must be completed and claims submitted before March 15, 2022. All submissions are subject to available funding at the time of application.


How to Apply:

Please read the following prior to applying:

The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Application Form is an Adobe Fillable PDF form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and complete this form. If you do not have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe's website.

You must save the file to your computer before completing it. You cannot complete it in a browser window because the information you enter may not save successfully.

Follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the link below to download and save the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Application Form to your computer. (select "Save Link as" or "Save Target as"). Note where you save it.
  2. Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader and open the Application Form from the location you saved it.
  3. Complete the form by entering information in the fillable fields. Be sure to save the form from time to time as you fill it in.
  4. Note, once the form is signed and saved, it will lock all fields and no further edits can be made.

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

Apply Now


Eligible Service Providers

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

SOUTH SHORE REGION
Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne
Royce Winsten
902.220.8120

WESTERN REGION
Yarmouth, Digby

Gilles Babin
902.774.0208

VALLEY REGION
Annapolis, Kings, Hants
Sean Cochrane

902.798.6961

NORTHERN REGION
Cumberland, Colchester
David Copus

902.893.6156

NORTHEASTERN REGION
Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough

Lynn Coffin
902.755.7040

CAPE BRETON REGION
Cape Breton, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria
Wanda MacLean

902.227.7144

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
Dartmouth & East
Lisa Ehler
902.424.2095

HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY
Halifax & West
Rob Black
902.402.3250