Looking to start a business

Looking to start a new business? Have a great idea for a new product or service? The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) may be able to provide funding assistance to help you get started. Check out the listings below.

A person in a white hard hat stands by a green boat ready to launch the Stella Maris, a subsea multi-sensor platform, in Halifax Harbour, with Dominion Diving.

Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), Dartmouth, N.S



ACOA offers a number of programs that can help you get a new business up and running. If you have an idea for a new product or service, we may be able to help. Check out the options for financial assistance listed below.

Business Development Program (BDP)

We can help you start up a new business with financing in the form of interest-free, repayable contributions.

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Community Business Development Corporations (CBDCs)

CBDCs help create small businesses by providing financial, technical and advisory services to entrepreneurs.

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Other government services

There are federal and provincial government departments and organizations that can help you with your new business idea and ACOA is a key partner with many of them!

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Contact us today!

Have a business idea but don’t know where to start? ACOA Business Information Services can help. It’s your one-stop information shop across a variety of topics and all levels of government.

Call 1-888-576-4444.

Or contact us by email:

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

Business impact stories

For Wabanaki Maple, a newly established New Brunswick business and ACOA client, having to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic along with other growing pains was the most unexpected challenge of all.

On the southeast edge of New Brunswick, directly off the Trans-Canada highway in Malden, you will find Strang's Produce, a sixth-generation farm. Here you will also find Blue Roof Distillers. What connects the two? Potatoes.

When Lisa Ali Learning’s two sons became ill with Lyme disease three years ago in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, she was driven to act. After they recovered, she wanted to ensure her children, and their dog would be safe from ticks while continuing to enjoy the outdoors. Lisa’s solution led to the creation of AtlanTick Repellent Inc.

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