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  • Innovation Rebate Program Disclosures - 2022/23

Innovation Rebate Program Disclosures - 2022/23

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The following Innovation Rebate Program incentives were announced during the fiscal year of 2022-2023.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Cherubini Metal Works Limited.  

The company is undertaking a project in Dartmouth, HRM, to purchase and install advanced manufacturing equipment at its steel fabrication facility. 

Cherubini Metal Works will be proceeding with a $11,900,000 capital investment to purchase a plasma cutting machine, robotic layout and welding centres, and self-propelled modular transporters.  By combining the new equipment with new manufacturing initiatives, the company expects a 40 per cent increase in production capacity and shop floor efficiencies of approximately 20 per cent.   
 
The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $2,975,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $11,900,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.   

Media Contact: 
Blair Nakatsu 
VP and General Manager, Cherubini Metal Works Limited 
bnakatsu@cherubinigroup.com 
(902)468-5630 


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Muwin Estate Wines Limited, operating as Bulwark Craft Ciders.  

The company will be proceeding with a $670,000 capital investment to expand and upgrade its facility in New Ross, Lunenburg County, to scale-up its new non-alcoholic cider, which requires different equipment and processes compared to the company’s alcohol-based products. 

Bulwark will add a carbonation system, tunnel pasteurizer, automated palletizer, and shrink bundler.  The company estimates it will grow production capacity from 4,000 to 8,000 litres per week, it will eliminate the current switchover periods that cause a 30-40 per cent downtime on the production line, and Bulwark also anticipates it will result in a reduction in its energy usage of 10-20 per cent.  

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $167,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $670,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.   

Media Contact: 
Germain Bergeron 
Muwin Estate Wines Limited/Bulwark Craft Ciders 
germain@muwinestate.com 
(902)599-2645 


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Vale Packaging Limited.  

The company is undertaking a project in Hubbards, Lunenburg County, to modernize its food packaging production line.

Vale Packaging will be proceeding with a $1,877,000 capital investment for a thermoforming machine, gas compressor, grinder, pallet wrapper, and an ERP system.  In addition to doubling production capacity, the project will facilitate the company’s transition to a greener economy by using approximately 20 per cent less energy per unit of package generated and reducing wrapping material by 50 per cent. 

The machines will also allow Vale to process biodegradable plastics in Canada helping to localize the Canadian supply chain by decreasing its dependency on packaging products currently exported from offshore suppliers. 

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $469,250 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,877,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.   

Media Contact: 
Uriel Guerrero 
Director of Operations, Vale Packaging Ltd. 
uriel@valepackaging.ca 
(902)275-7747


Tuesday, August 23, 2022 

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for McConnell Gordon Estates Limited, operating as Benjamin Bridge Vineyards.  

The company is undertaking a project in Gaspereau, Kings County, to invest in operational infrastructure that will increase its wine production. 

Benjamin Bridge will be proceeding with a $599,000 capital investment to increase its storage vessel capacity, modify a building, and introduce production process automation.  The building modification will allow the company to produce off-grid and on-grid renewable energy as part of its commitment to sustainability and waste reduction, saving 21,956 kilograms annually. 
 
An anticipated 80,000 litres in increased production capacity will help grow its Piquette product line by 50 per cent; expand its cobranded products with Glooscap First Nation; and, commercialize at least two new products, including a new reusable format as opposed to single-use wine packaging.   

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $137,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $550,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Ashley McConnell-Gordon 
Vice President, Benjamin Bridge Vineyards 
ashley@benjaminbridge.com 
(902)542-1560


Tuesday, August 16, 2022 

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Ace Machining Limited.  

The company manufactures parts for the construction, marine, fabrications, R&D, and green energy industries. Ace Machining expanded two years ago and must invest again with ever increasing customer orders.  The company is undertaking a project at its Dartmouth facility to invest in specialized equipment. 

 Ace Machining will be proceeding with a $774,056 capital investment to purchase a manufacturing robot arm, an automatic CNC machine, and a multi-tasking lathe turnkey system that will help the company meet increases in production demand.  The new equipment will enhance the company’s ability to work nights and weekends using automation and will eliminate interprovincial subcontracting costs that are currently being incurred.  The new robot arm will also work in tandem with Ace’s current machinery to broaden equipment versatility and help diversify current production output. 

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $193,514 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $774,056. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.   

Media Contact: 
Ron Wallace 
President, ACE Machining Limited 
r.wallace@acemachining.ca 
(902)463-6347 


Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Pratt & Whitney Canada.

This agreement replaces a previous rebate published May 2020 for a similar project that did not proceed due to COVID-19 impacts.

The company is undertaking its project in Goffs, Halifax County, to expand and modernize its turbine blade line. Established in 1986, the facility specializes in complex CNC machining of parts and tooling of aircraft components.

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s capital investment of $12,031,250 will be used for a twin wheel high speed grinder, coolant filtration system expansion, a mill grind machine, a precision coordinate measuring machine, full automation with robot handling, an overhead crane, and related tooling and fixtures.

The proposed project will increase blade production capacity by 50,000 blades per year at the facility while simultaneously supporting the company’s sustainability goals as they reduce overall energy consumption and target waste reduction in the industrial process.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $3,007,813 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $12,031,250. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Catherine Cunningham
Communications
Pratt & Whitney Canada
catherine.cunningham@pwc.ca
(514) 240-9568


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Nu-Air Ventilation Systems Incorporated.

The company will be proceeding with a $1,187,530 capital investment for new production equipment at its manufacturing facility in Windsor, Hants County.

Nu-Air designs and manufactures heat recovery and energy recovery ventilators (H/ERV) for both commercial and residential clients.  Its capital investment project will add an additional electric turret mill and an electric press brake. The additional equipment will eliminate downtime for tooling changes or equipment issues, as well as enabling the company to develop new heat and energy recovery products for expanding export sales opportunities.

The company anticipates an immediate 45 per cent increase in production and an eventual increase of 3 times its current capacity. The new machines are more energy efficient, including operating overnight during non-peak electricity consumption times.

Nu-Air is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $296,883 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,187,530. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. 

Media Contact: 
David Deacon 
CEO 
Nu-Air Ventilation Systems Incorporated 
ddeacon@nu-airventilation.com 
(416) 209-2826


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Acadian Seaplants Limited.

The company is undertaking a project in Cornwallis, Annapolis County, to expand and upgrade its premium seaweed production facility.

Acadian Seaplants will be proceeding with a $14,990,000 capital investment within its Acadian Plant Health™ division.  The facility will be expanded by 10,000 square feet to accommodate new equipment, including a packaging line for powdered products, an evaporator, and a packaging line for liquid products.

The company anticipates its new space and upgrades will increase processing capacity from 8.8 million to approximately 21 million pounds per year.  Using less packaging overall will also help eliminate 180,000 kilograms of waste material and will vastly reduce the amount of transportation-associated Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $3,747,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $14,990,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact:
Linda Theriault
Director, Corporate and Government Relations 
Acadian Seaplants Limited 
ltheriault@acadian.ca 
(902)468-2840


Tuesday, July 19, 2022
  
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Balamore Farm Limited.

The company will be proceeding with a $3,250,000 capital investment to add a controlled strawberry growing facility to its existing strawberry nursery business in Great Village, Colchester County.

The new facility will include two key environments: an indoor growing area with LED lighting and high-rated insulation, and a humidity and cooling controlled indoor wintering area.

Balamore Farm anticipates the new facility will extend the growing season resulting in increased strawberry production from 25 million to 40 million plants per season. In addition, energy efficiency is anticipated to improve 20-40 per cent with the modern coolers and insulation. 
     
The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $425,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,700,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. 
  
Media Contact:
David Cooper
Balamore Farm Limited
d.cooper@balamore.ca
(902) 668-2005 


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Louisbourg Seafoods Limited.

The company is undertaking a project in Louisbourg, Cape Breton County, to introduce new equipment to its whelk and crab production lines.

Louisbourg Seafoods will be proceeding with a $4,828,200 capital investment to purchase a new freezer, boxing infrastructure, and grading equipment. The company is also digitizing its inventory management, reporting, quality control, equipment monitoring, and traceability, helping to reduce both energy and product wastage. Louisbourg Seafoods expects the equipment and digital upgrades will help the company increase crab production by 10,000 pounds per day.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,207,050 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,828,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Damien Barry
CAO & General Counsel
Louisbourg Seafoods Limited
(902) 565-0072
damien.b@louisbourgseafoods.ca


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oland Brewery.

The brewery is installing new infrastructure at its North-end Halifax facility for a carbon capture project, which will be environmentally beneficial as well as improving business competitiveness.

Oland Brewery will be proceeding with a $500,000 capital investment in equipment that will reuse carbon dioxide (CO2) previously lost during the brewing and packaging process. The captured gas will be reused to fill bottles, cans, and kegs instead of purchasing CO2 from external sources.

After implementation, Oland brewery estimates it will save $150,000 annually and will have the ability to capture and reuse approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of CO2 annually.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $125,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $500,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Wade Keller
Director of Corporate Affairs, Atlantic Canada
Labatt Breweries of Canada
(902) 453-3731
wade.keller@labatt.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Halifax Folding Cartons Limited.

The company will be proceeding with a $1,880,000 capital investment at its facility in Windsor, Hants County, to invest in new printing technology.

In addition to improving the speed, accuracy, and efficiency of its operations, the new printing technology will also be more sustainable. Halifax Folding Cartons anticipates that the new printing system will reduce transportation costs and associated emissions by 30 per cent. The new technology is also expected to reduce paper waste by 30 per cent.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $470,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,880,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Aaron Fougere
Owner/Operator, Halifax Folding Cartons
(902) 798-8379
afougere@ns.sympatico.ca


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Quality Blasting and Coatings Limited.

The company is undertaking a $1,120,000 capital investment project in Woodside, HRM, to expand and modernize its industrial coatings and blasting facility. The modernization will include an educational simulator new employees will use and several building modifications that will improve productivity rates and energy efficiency. The company expects to reduce waste by 30-40 per cent, to increase its production capacity by 30 per cent, and to grow its international sales.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $261,250 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,045,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Darren Czech
CEO, Cherubini Group of Companies
(902) 468-5630
darren@cherubinigroup.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Lewis Mouldings & Wood Specialties Ltd.

The company is undertaking a $4,325,000 capital investment project in Weymouth, Digby County.

Lewis Mouldings & Wood Specialties will install a new gesso/putty line to automate the filling and repairing of wood defects, increase production speed by 233 per cent, and eliminate propane as the fuel source for drying and finishing products. The company anticipates its project will result in a 15 per cent increase in total sales and a reduction in fossil fuel consumption of 24,000 litres per year.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $827,500 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $3,310,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Jamie Lewis
President, Lewis Mouldings Ltd.
(902) 841-0116
jlewis@lewismouldings.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Nine Locks Brewing Company.

The company is undertaking a $4,472,250 capital investment project in Dartmouth, HRM, to build a new brewery and packaging/logistics hub.

Nine Locks Brewing expects to triple its production capability, going from approximately 3.7 million cans to nearly 10.6 million cans annually. New systems will enable the company to add new varieties of locally produced craft products, including light, non-alcoholic, and spirit-based sodas.

Members of the Nine Locks management team completed the NSBI Trade Accelerator Program and have identified several new markets that the facility and infrastructure would enable the company to access.

Beyond export and expanded product offerings, Nine Locks Brewing estimates its new facility and enhanced production will result in reduced wastage from an average of 14 per cent to 6 per cent and overall lower energy consumption.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,118,062.50 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,472,250. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Bill Manley
General Manager, Nine Locks Brewing
(902) 817-5607
bill@ninelocksbrewing.ca


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Coldstream Clear Distillery Limited.

The company is undertaking a project in Truro, Colchester County, to install new operational infrastructure required to produce their distilled spirits and ready-to-drink beverages.

Coldstream Clear Distillery will be proceeding with a $5,372,000 capital investment to install new brewing equipment, auxiliary production equipment, and to add 24,000 square feet of warehouse and office space. The upgrades are expected to increase production speeds, capacity, and reduce emissions previously associated with off-site storage and shipping.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $946,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $3,784,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact: 
Riley Giffen
President, Coldstream Clear Distillery
(902) 956-3393
riley@coldstreamclear.com


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Nova Agri Incorporated.

The company is undertaking a project in Sheffield Mills, Kings County, to commission a new packing line for its vegetable plant.

Nova Agri will be proceeding with a $4,510,942 capital investment to introduce advanced technology, specifically a state-of-the-art camera system that will detect defects in onions – an issue producers around the world are experiencing due to climate change.

Nova Agri’s improved system is projected to remove up to 98 per cent of defects, including internal decay.  The technology will also help Nova Agri reduce waste, strengthen their supply chain domestically and internationally, distribute #1 grade certified onions, and increase efficiency so the company can grade and pack Nova Scotian onions 12 months a year vs. 10 months.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,127,735 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,510,942. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. 

Media Contact: 
Earl Kidston
CEO, Nova Agri Inc.
(902) 582-1445
ekidston@mycountrymagic.com


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Made With Local Snack Foods Inc.

Made With Local is undertaking a project in Windsor, Hants County, creating a new production facility and innovation hub focused on Nova Scotian ingredients and exporting nationally and internationally. The production space design will focus on supporting capacity increases for the Made With Local team while also providing a safe and inclusive work environment for team members.

The company is proceeding with a $1,100,000 capital investment in a new facility with improved methods to process raw ingredients and inventory the finished goods. The company expects it will reduce spoilage and cut waste by 50 per cent.

Made With Local is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $275,000 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $1,100,000. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Crystal Richard
Publicist
Made With Local Snack Foods Inc.
506-860-0956
crystal@crystalrichard.com


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited.

The company is undertaking a second project in Oxford, Cumberland County, to increase its cold storage capacity within a pre-existing footprint – doing more, and better, within the same space.

The company will be proceeding with a $4,198,448 capital investment to replace its existing drive-in structural racking and bulk storage with a high-density semi-automated system. Freezer capacity will increase by 11.3% or 5,830,000 pounds of product. The change also means electric forklifts will no longer be used to handle product within the racking system - reducing the risk of product damage – and energy consumption will drop 15% or $100,000 annually.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,049,612 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $4,198,448. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Jordan Burkhardt
Director, Administration
OXFORD FOOD GROUP
902-447-2100 ext. 6064


Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited.

Oxford Frozen Foods is undertaking a project on its battered products line in the Town of Oxford, Cumberland County to reduce the company’s energy consumption, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 2,000 tonnes annually while at the same time improving overall air quality within the facility for its employees.

Oxford Frozen Foods will be proceeding with a $5,752,400 capital investment to replace a 50 per cent efficient natural gas remote steam heating system with a new system that will boost efficiency to between 80 - 95 per cent. This along with targeted ventilation and heat recovery will significantly improve air quality, reduce energy usage and lay the foundation for future production expansions.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $ $1,438,100 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $5,752,400.  To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.
 
Media Contact:
Jordan Burkhardt
Director, Administration
OXFORD FOOD GROUP
902-447-2100 ext. 6064


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for B.R. Printing Plates Company Ltd., operating as Maritime Labels and Packaging. Maritime Labels has grown steadily and is undertaking a project in Milford, Hants County, to adapt to its growth and upcoming opportunities.

The company will be proceeding with a $7,218,966 capital investment to add equipment and construct needed space. The space will also accommodate Maritime Labels’ existing, high-demand labelling.  The company will also add equipment to produce flexible packaging pouches that save its customers money on their shipping costs. The packaging can be made with materials including compostable papers and recyclable films.

The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,804,742 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $7,218,966. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $350,000 and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs.

Media Contact:
Paul Sproule
Maritime Labels
902-444-3730
paul@gomlp.ca

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