Market Expansion and Export Readiness Program

The Market Expansion and Export Readiness Program encourages the agriculture, agri-food and seafood industries to expand their current established market share and foster economic growth.


To be eligible, you must:

  • have a current farm registration
  • be at least 19 years old
  • report farming income and expenses that show gross commodity income of at least $30,000
  • demonstrate financial ability to complete the project
  • be export-ready and capable of servicing markets outside of Nova Scotia

Or, you must be an agri-business, agriculture industry association, agri-food processor or seafood distributor that:

  • represents identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
  • reports a gross income of $30,000, or demonstrates a not-for-profit status
  • conducts value-added processing of a raw Nova Scotia agriculture product, with a direct partnership with and significant economic impact to the Nova Scotia agricultural industry
  • demonstrates financial ability to complete the project
  • is export-ready and capable or servicing markets outside of Nova Scotia
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Intake periods:
1 April, 2022 – 30 June, 2022
1 July, 2022 – 30 September, 2022

Claim deadline for all intake periods: 31 December, 2022

How to apply

Complete the application and submit it to the Programs Division office.

If you're new to agriculture funding programs since 2018, you also need to complete the Program Funding Registration form. If you're a returning client, you can use the form to update your information.

Supporting documents

Program Guidelines, Application and Program Funding Registration Forms are available in the "Downloads" section.

Contact information

Agriculture – Programs Division
74 Research Dr.
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6377
Toll-free: 1-866-844-4276
Fax: 902-893-7579


Program Guidelines
Application Form
Program Funding Registration – Farm Applicants
Program Funding Registration – Agri-Business Applicants