News releases from Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Digital Program Launching to Support Small Businesses

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

A new $2.5 million program is now available to help small businesses across Nova Scotia attract more customers and grow sales in the digital economy.

Forestry Innovation Transition Trust Funds New Centre of Forest Innovation at NSCC

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

A new Centre of Forest Innovation operated by Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will advance the shift to ecological forestry practices in the province and train the next generation of forestry professionals.

Province Monitoring Issues Related to Highway Blockade

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / Emergency Management Office

Government officials are closely monitoring issues related to a blockade on Highway 104, near the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, that is disrupting the movement of important goods and services and could put individuals at risk.

Deadline for Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program Extended

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Applications for a minimum $1,000 through the Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program will be accepted for an additional two weeks. The new deadline to apply is July 9.

Province Invests in Revitalizing Sydney’s Downtown Core

Premier's Office / Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

The Rankin government announced today, June 19, a $3 million investment in revitalizing Sydney’s downtown core. The project will help support local businesses and attract new investment in the heart of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

Province Strengthens Support for Restaurant and Bar Industry

Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services / Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

The Nova Scotia government is amending the Liquor Licensing Regulations to help the restaurant and bar industry while ensuring protections are still in place for the safe and responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.

Province Increases Support for Businesses

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

The Nova Scotia government is investing $17.2 million more in the Small Business Impact Grant Part 3 program to support small businesses affected by the ongoing provincial COVID-19 restrictions.

Expanded Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program Opens

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

More types of businesses are now eligible for the Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program, which opened to applications today, May 14.

Funding for Halifax Partnership to Spur Innovation

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

The province is providing $1.9 million to Halifax Partnership to support the economic recovery and to position Nova Scotia as Canada’s start-up capital.

Supports for Business Available Soon

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / COVID - 19

The Rankin government announced today, May 4, more than $12 million in additional support for Nova Scotia businesses hit hard by the pandemic and facing province-wide restrictions as a result of a third wave.

New Chair Appointed to Forestry Innovation Transition Trust

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Inclusive Economic Growth Minister Labi Kousoulis has appointed former deputy minister Rosalind Penfound as the new chair of the Forestry Innovation Transition Trust.

Support for Large Tourism Operators

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Three Nova Scotia tourism operators that serve as anchors for the sector will be able to access lower-cost financing through the Tourism Sector Financing Assistance Program.

Additional Commercial Property Tax Relief for Owners of Hotels, Motels and Inns

Inclusive Economic Growth (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Today, March 12, the Rankin government announced a $7.3 million program to support Nova Scotia’s hotel, motel and inn operators, who have been hard hit by the global pandemic.