Value-adding Equipment Program

The Value-adding Equipment Program supports value-added businesses. The program helps increase local food production, and improve food security and sustainability for farms and communities.


To be eligible, you must be a farm, Mi'kmaq conducting farming activities in a Mi'kmaw community or an agri-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
Refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility.

Deadline or important dates

Program opening: 1 May 2024
Application deadline: 30 June 2024
Claim deadline: 31 December 2024

How to apply

Applications are closed.


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