Hot off the printing press: Access Labels continues to grow

News release

Specialized equipment will increase production, capacity and efficiency to meet growing demand


October 1, 2020 - Amherst, Nova Scotia – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

For 27 years, Access Labels has been providing good jobs in Amherst and offering specialized labels to its clients in Canada and the eastern United States. It is the largest label printing company in Atlantic Canada, producing high quality labels for customers mainly in the food processing industry. Demand for the company’s services is growing as Atlantic Canadian manufacturers grow and export their products.

Today, Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland - Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced a repayable contribution of $835,000 to support the expansion of Access Labels.

This investment, provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, will enable the company to buy specialized equipment to produce pressure sensitive labels in-house and renovate a vacant warehouse to accommodate a new digital printing facility. These changes will increase Access Labels’ efficiency, help it meet increased demand and increase capacity to take on more clients.

Today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to Canadian businesses – helping them not just survive, but thrive. Projects like this one will help ensure that small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) continue contributing to Canada’s economic recovery.


“Small- and medium-sized businesses support well-paying jobs in communities across Canada. Today’s announcement further highlights our commitment to continue to support SMEs as they do what they can to keep the economy going. Our message to them is clear: we’ve been here for you with immediate measures, we’re here for you now as our economy reopens and we’ll get through this together.”

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

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“Access Labels is an important economic contributor to Cumberland County, creating good jobs and opportunities for residents. I am proud to see the company continue to make improvements and investments that will support its long-term growth.”

- Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland - Colchester

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“This latest expansion will support our plans to increase our exports into the US market. Our local employment continues to grow with full time jobs to support the local community and we expect this to continue as we move forward. We expect to double our present growth over the next three years.”

- Paul Carr, Owner and General Manager, Access Labels 

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Quick facts

  • The company currently employs 43 people on a full-time basis in rural Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, many of whom have been with the company since it was founded in 1993.

  • Access Labels is ISO 9001:2008 registered and is a United Laboratories (UL) authorized label supplier, allowing the company to print UL registered certification marks.

  • The Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program helps businesses adopt innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and competitiveness.


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Alexander Cohen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Chris Brooks
Director, Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul Carr
Owner and General Manager
Access Labels

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