Support for communities

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) supports communities looking to build strong, diverse local economies.

Street-level view of St. John's pedestrian mall in St. John's, N.L.

St. John’s Pedestrian Mall, NL



Are you a municipal or local government looking to launch a project? Does your non-profit organization support your community? If you need funding, ACOA may be able to help. Here are some programs available to support community projects.

Innovative Communities Fund (ICF)

We support community projects to build on local strengths, setting rural areas up for economic growth. If you have a community project in mind, check whether the ICF is right for you.

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Tourism Relief Fund (TRF)

Are you a tourism business or association? We can help you make the most of local traffic and improve your operations to attract visitors from abroad. 

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Economic Development Initiative (EDI)

We provide financial support for official language minority communities (OLMCs). Do you have a project that encourages economic diversification or innovation? We may be able to help.

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Canada Coal Transition Initiative (CCTI)

Building a low-carbon economy is a priority of the Government of Canada. If you’re part of a community in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia that relies on coal, we can provide funding so you can prepare for new opportunities and a greener economy.

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Contact us today!

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? ACOA Business Information Services can help. It’s your one-stop information shop.

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

Université Sainte-Anne is the flagship institution for Acadians and other francophones in Nova Scotia, and is recognized for the excellence of its education and research programs.

A.F. Theriault produces diverse types of vessels designed and built in the predominantly francophone community of Meteghan River, Nova Scotia to serve Canada's unique, expansive coastline and our network of coastal marine communities.

When COVID-19 first hit, marketing organization Discover Saint John could not imagine the full impact and complete loss of the 2020 tourism season. Amidst the chaos, its Executive Director Victoria Clarke and her team continued to work from home, developing strategies to salvage the season for their city and region.

Atlantic Canada is home to strong, diverse local economies. Like and follow us to see ACOA’s community impacts near you.

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