Market Expansion and Export Readiness Program

The objective of the program is to encourage the agriculture, agri-food industries to expand their current established market share and foster economic growth.


A farm that:

  • has a current Farm Registration
  • the has an applicant who is at least 19 years of age
  • reports farming income and expenses that show gross commodity income of at least $30,000
  • can identify financial ability to complete the project
  • must be export-ready and capable of servicing markets outside of Nova Scotia

An agri-business, agri-food processor, seafood distributor or agriculture industry association that:

  • represents identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
  • generates an annual gross income of $30,000 or demonstrates not-for-profit status
  • conducts value-added processing of a raw Nova Scotia agriculture product, with a direct partnership & significant economic impact to the primary agricultural industry
  • can identify financial ability to complete the project
  • a seafood distributor expanding in an international market
  • must be export-ready and capable of servicing markets outside of Nova Scotia
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Three intake periods:
1 April 2020 – 30 June 2020
1 July 2020 – 30 September 2020
1 October 2020 – 31 December 2020

Claim Deadline for all three intake periods:  1 March 2021

How to Apply

Complete and submit the Application to the Programs & Business Risk Management office.

Clients new to programs since 2018 must complete the Program Funding Registration (PFR) Form. Returning clients are to update their PFR Form as necessary.

Supporting Documents

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

Contact Information

Agriculture – Programs and Business Risk Management 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 Registration Form for Farm Business
Program Registration Form for Agri-Business
Program Registration Form for Industry Organizations / Associations, Educational / Research Institutions and Government Agencies