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ATLANTIC CANADA OPPORTUNITIES AGENCY
Supported by a strong regional presence
28 Service points throughout Atlantic Canada.
Professional staff in tune with local needs.
Annual Budget of $300M.
Working on the ground in Atlantic Canadian communities to offer a customized flexible approach.
Targeted programs that strengthen local economies.
Business Development Program (BDP)
What it does: provides interest free capital to help businesses start up, expand or modernize at every stage of a company’s growth
Who it's for: private businesses and not-for-profit organizations, including clean tech and high growth firms
Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF)
What it does: invests in R&D that can lead to the commercialization of new cutting edge products and services
Who it's for: private-sector businesses and not-for-profit research groups like universities, colleges and non-government organizations
Innovative Communities Fund (ICF)
What it does: funds strategic projects with a rural focus that build on the strengths of Atlantic Canadian communities for economic growth
Who it's for: municipalities and not-for-profit organizations looking to strengthen their communities
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)
What it does: funds projects targeting the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure
Who it's for: municipalities and community groups looking to undertake meaningful upgrades to existing facilities, including projects with a focus on green infrastructure
ACOA has a positive impact on Atlantic Canada
Each dollar invested directly into businesses through ACOA from 2008 to 2013 resulted in over $5.40 in gains to Atlantic Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).
87% of business owners who participated in ACOA’s skills development activities said training improved their ability to start, sustain or grow a business.
The region’s GDP is nearly $1 billion higher because of the Agency’s programs and services.
Labour productivity among ACOA-assisted firms increased 5.3% per year on average.
We deliver on the Government of Canada's economic agenda through our initiatives:
- Atlantic Energy Gateway
- Atlantic Shipbuilding Strategy
- Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership
- Community & infrastructure programs
- International trade focus on youth and indigenous communities
Want to learn more? Go to www.canada.ca/acoa.
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