Atlantic Growth Strategy

The drive to thrive - working together for Atlantic Canadian prosperity!

Ability, capacity and possibility all live in Atlantic Canada.

Atlantic Canada possesses competitive advantages that bring new opportunities to economic growth. The region is home to great ideas, great products, great innovators, and a great drive to succeed!

To that end, the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces are working together to build a vibrant economic future for Atlantic Canada by focussing their efforts and resources to stimulate the region's economy, support the middle class and address both longstanding and emerging regional challenges.

Here's how both levels of government will achieve this goal.

A new all-inclusive, pan-Atlantic, whole-of-government approach - the Atlantic Growth Strategy - will harness the region's assets to strategically:

Together, the federal and provincials governments are playing the long game - sustainable prosperity in Atlantic Canada for generations to come.

Five action areas + one team effort = #AtlanticGrowth!

Atlantic Canada's natural collaborative spirit helps define who Atlantic Canadians are. The Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces share a common vision to undertake cooperative actions that will bring stable and long-term economic prosperity in Atlantic Canada. Now, more than ever, it's time to take action by focusing on five areas aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region:

Skilled workforce/immigration

Skilled workforce/immigration

To enhance the region's capacity to develop, deploy and retain a skilled workforce by addressing persistent and emerging labour market needs and making Atlantic Canada a destination of choice for immigrants, while also supporting labour market participation for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, including under-represented groups such as Indigenous peoples, older workers, and persons with disabilities.

Innovation

Innovation

To foster greater business innovation by supporting the scaling up of small firms, technology transfer, the commercialization of research, and the generation of new breakthrough ideas in areas such as bioscience, aquaculture, ocean technology and renewable energy, while also spurring value-added opportunities in established industries like the fisheries, agriculture and forestry which are the foundation of Atlantic Canada's economy.

Clean growth and climate change

Clean growth and climate change

To stimulate economic growth, create clean jobs, and drive innovation in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Trade and investment

Trade and investment

To expand business activities between Atlantic Canada and international markets, and strategically market the region as a whole by displaying the best Atlantic Canada has to offer the world to attract new investments and grow tourism.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

To invest in regionally significant infrastructure projects that support long-term growth in Atlantic Canada and position the region to capitalize on global trade opportunities by attracting investment and enhancing productivity.

Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee will work together to advance inclusive growth in Atlantic Canada through enhanced federal and provincial collaboration! Meet the team of Federal Ministers and Provincial Premiers who will be leading the effort to build a vibrant economic future for Atlantic Canada.

The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains
The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

The Honourable Dwight Ball
The Honourable Dwight Ball

Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Honourable Scott Brison
The Honourable Scott Brison

President of the Treasury Board

The Honourable Judy M. Foote
The Honourable Judy M. Foote

Minister of Public Services and Procurement

The Honourable Brian Gallant
The Honourable Brian Gallant

Premier of New Brunswick

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food

The Honourable Wade MacLauchlan
The Honourable Wade MacLauchlan

Premier of Prince Edward Island

The Honourable Stephen McNeil
The Honourable Stephen McNeil

Premier of Nova Scotia

Read the Terms of Reference of the Leadership Committee.

View the Atlantic Growth Strategy Action Plan.

Learn about the Advisory Group.

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