News release

Payroll Rebate Approved

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for technology hardware firm Nautics Technical Surveillance Corporation.

Nautics specializes in the development of robust and innovative technologies which serve to meet the unique challenges of covert technical surveillance and tracking of equipment. Its products serve law enforcement, government, military and global intelligence markets.

By establishing operations in Halifax, the company has the potential to create up to a maximum of 28 jobs under the five-year payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, NSBI estimates the company could spend $6,090,000 in salaries.

It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $715,000 through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, Nautics would earn a rebate up to $426,300 over five years.

Nautics would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 28 new jobs.

Quick facts:

  • payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate
  • payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy
  • for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back
  • when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year
  • payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fund

Information on NSBI transactions can be found at www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures.

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Media Contacts:

Shawn Hirtle
Nova Scotia Business Inc. 902-424-6770 Email:
Steve Edgett
Nautics Technical Surveillance Corporation 613-203-1313 Email: