Programs and initiatives

As an entrepreneur, you have passion and vision, and you dream big.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is in the business of keeping that spirit going and growing. Whether you’re a start-up or an established business, ACOA is ready to help you:

  • expand and reach new markets
  • develop new products
  • go green
  • be more productive
  • hire and retain people with the skills you need

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re getting ready to take the next step, come and talk to ACOA for access to financing, advice and information that will bring your business ideas to life.


Atlantic Innovation Fund

Create new large-scale projects and bring them to market with the help of the Atlantic Innovation Fund.

Business Development Program

Hire an expert, create a business plan, improve your productivity – all with interest-free repayable funding.

Community Futures

Start or scale up your business with loans and training to entrepreneurs through the Community Futures Program.

Innovative Communities Fund

If you have a community project in mind, check out the Innovative Communities Fund to see if it's right for you.

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation

Grow your business, reach new markets and stay on top of the latest technology.

Past programs

ACOA programs that are no longer accepting applications, including COVID-19 initiatives.


Atlantic Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits policy

See how ACOA makes sure Atlantic Canadians benefit from this policy, which requires contractors who win major defence bids to do business in Canada.

Atlantic Growth Strategy

This strategy is a federal-provincial initiative to create well-paying jobs, strengthen local communities and grow innovative companies.

Black Entrepreneurship Program

Black Canadian business owners can grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

Canada Digital Adoption Program

Take advantage of new digital technologies to give your business an edge. Find out what grants are available.

Canada Coal Transition Initiative

We’re here to help workers and communities adjust to the transition to a greener economy by investing in new opportunities.

Economic Development Initiative

Are you an official language minority community, or OLMC? We can help you support local growth.

International Trade and Investment

Businesses looking to reach international markets can get information, financial assistance and strategic support.

Tourism Growth Program

This program helps Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, small and medium-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations develop local tourism products and experiences.

Contact us today!

Call 1-888-576-4444.

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

Business impact stories

Businesses like yours make a difference in Atlantic Canada. Read about the experiences of businesspeople, innovators and change-makers in our region, the challenges they’ve faced, and the solutions they found on the way to success.


Motryx has developed a quality assurance technology to assist hospitals, laboratories and research institutions monitor their blood transportation system without jeopardizing the blood samples.

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.

The Prince Edward Island Brewing Company is satisfying a Canadian thirst for buying local and supporting independent enterprises. “We are responding to consumer demand,” says Jeff Squires, president of the Charlottetown-based brewery.

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