Market Opportunities and Diversification Program

The Market Opportunities and Diversification Program helps producers, processors and industry associations with local and export activities. Activities include:

  • product and packaging modification to meet specific market requirements or preferences
  • marketing activities to meet changing requirements or emerging opportunities
  • the sale of quality agricultural and seafood products, inside and outside of Nova Scotia
  • capacity building and other development that helps products and businesses compete in target markets


To be eligible, you must be a farm, Mi'kmaq conducting farming activities in a Mi'kmaw community, agri-business, agriculture industry association or seafood business.

For farms, you need to:

  • be currently and properly registered in the correct income category under the Farm Registration Act
  • have generated an annual eligible gross commodity income of at least $30,000
  • be at least 19 years old and actively farming in the program year

For agri-businesses, you need to:

  • represent Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
  • have generated an annual eligible agri-business income of at least $30,000
  • conduct value-added processing of a raw Nova Scotia agriculture product, with a direct partnership and significant economic impact to Nova Scotia's agricultural industry

For agriculture industry associations, you need to demonstrate non-profit status.

For seafood businesses, you need to:

  • be expanding into an international market
  • have generated an annual eligible business income of at least $30,000

Refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Program opening: 5 May 2023
Application deadline: 31 December 2023
Claim deadline: 29 February 2024

How to apply

Complete the Program Application Form (make sure to check the application for details on all required supporting documents). Send your completed application and supporting documents to the Programs Division office.

You also need to complete the Program Funding Registration Form.


Department of Agriculture
Programs Division
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

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


Program Guidelines
Program Application
Program Funding Registration Form - Farm Applicants
Program Funding Registration Form - Agri-business Applicants
Program Funding Registration Form - Industry Organization Applicants