Employees work in the cell assembly line at Surrette Battery’s factory in Springhill, Nova Scotia

Surrette Battery, Springhill, N.S.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) works to create opportunities for economic growth in the region by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

Atlantic Momentum

The 2023 Atlantic Canada Momentum Index, published by the Public Policy Forum, shows that the wind is truly in the Atlantic region’s sails. Across a raft of indicators, from population and immigration to productivity and quality of life, Atlantic Canada is showing it’s a national leader and not the “have-not” region of old.

ACOA’s President, Catherine Blewett, spoke to the Public Policy Forum and industry leaders about this new momentum, and the new opportunities to be seized. Read her speech and access the Momentum Index.

Applications open for communities, businesses and organizations to rebuild, recover and restore community life and economic activity after Hurricane Fiona

Since November 2022, ACOA has been accepting applications to support communities, businesses and organizations in Atlantic Canada that were directly affected by Hurricane Fiona and that have a need to address impacts not covered under other government and private sector measures. Learn more on the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund. 

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How can ACOA help me?

Discover our most popular programs to start or grow a business, reach new markets, recruit new talent and more.

Programs and initiatives

See a full list of ACOA’s current programs and initiatives.

Forms and tools

Search no more. Here you’ll find the claim forms you need for any project you've undertaken with ACOA funding.

Research studies

Read up on all kinds of topics on our research studies page.

Business impact stories

Leaf through stories of ACOA clients who have benefited from funding via one of our many programs.

Atlantic Growth Strategy

Driving economic growth in the region by implementing targeted, evidence-based actions under five priority areas.

Business Benefits Finder

This tool from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will help you find the program best suited for you.

Indigenous support

Here you’ll find a list of funding and support programs for Atlantic Canada’s Indigenous businesses.

Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy

ATIGS is a federal-provincial collaboration that puts Atlantic Canada solidly on the path to a more innovative, diverse and globally competitive economy.

About ACOA


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Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (Atlantic time)

You can also check out our full list of regional offices and service points.


The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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