Programs and initiatives
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency provides programs for every need to help Atlantic Canadian businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive and to diversify local economies. Here’s how we can help you.
Create new large-scale projects and bring them to market with the help of the Atlantic Innovation Fund.
Hire an expert, create a business plan, improve your productivity – all with interest-free repayable funding.
Start or scale up your business with loans and training to entrepreneurs through the Community Futures Program.
If you have a community project in mind, check out the Innovative Communities Fund to see if it's right for you.
Grow your business, reach new markets and stay on top of the latest technology.
See how ACOA makes sure Atlantic Canadians benefit from this policy, which requires contractors who win major defence bids to do business in Canada.
This strategy is a federal-provincial initiative to create well-paying jobs, strengthen local communities and grow innovative companies.
Black Canadian business owners can grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.
Take advantage of new digital technologies to give your business an edge. Find out what grants are available.
We’re here to help workers and communities adjust to the transition to a greener economy by investing in new opportunities.
Are you an official language minority community, or OLMC? We can help you support local growth.
Businesses looking to reach international markets can get information, financial assistance and strategic support.
We’re supporting non-profit organizations on projects to inspire residents and visitors to Atlantic Canada’s main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods.
Women business owners can get access to the funding, talent and expertise they need as they start up, scale up and access new markets.
Potato growers and key suppliers can build their businesses with help from this new fund, which supports projects in Prince Edward Island’s potato sector and its supply chain.
Businesses and organizations related to aerospace can get support to help this sector emerge stronger from the pandemic.
This initiative is helping communities bounce back from the effects of the pandemic by investing in local infrastructure and gathering spaces.
We provide funding to businesses to help create jobs and long-term growth, and transition to a green economy.
We fund tourism-related organizations so they can adapt operations and invest in products and services to ensure their future growth.
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Business impact stories
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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