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Programs and Initiatives

Your time is valuable. It’s important not to get sidetracked page after page trying to find the information that’s relevant to you. Each link below summarizes a program or initiative and will help you find what you need fast. 


Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) encourages partnerships among private sector firms, universities, colleges and other research institutions to develop and commercialize new or improved products and services.

Business Development Program (BDP) can help you set up, expand or modernize your business. It can also provide funding to develop your innovative ideas, improve your competitiveness, and develop your clean technology projects. Focusing on small- and medium- sized enterprises, this program offers repayable assistance. Non-profit organizations providing support to the business community may also qualify.

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program supports projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada, ensuring a lasting impact for the 150th anniversary celebrations of Confederation in 2017.

Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) invests in strategic projects that build the economies of Atlantic Canada’s communities, including projects that enhance environmental performance.


Atlantic Shipbuilding Action Plan - This initiative is designed to help Atlantic Canadian businesses ready themselves to take advantage of opportunities related to the Government of Canada’s renewal of the country’s naval and coast guard fleets.

The Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy is a homegrown, historic, and groundbreaking initiative — the first of its kind in Canada — to grow export and boost foreign investment in the region. Through an unprecedented level of collaboration, the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments have committed to working hand-in-hand to create jobs and strengthen the economy by increasing the number of exporters, the value of export sales, export markets and foreign investment in the region. Long-term planning, coordination and collaboration will maximize and leverage resources to achieve strategy targets.
To further support the strategy, the federal and provincial partners in 2017 signed a joint Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Agreement. Collectively, the partners will invest $20 million over the next five years to implement firm-focused, strategic market development plans to expand Atlantic Canada’s international business activities.

If you are a young entrepreneur (between 18 and 34) living in Moncton, Saint John, FrederictonHalifax or St. John's, the Seed Capital Initiative may be able to help you start, expand or modernize your business. Older than 35 and looking to start up a new business in these cities? The Seed Capital Initiative may also be able to help. Eligible clients of all ages may also access business training and counseling.