Vineyard Development and Expansion Program

The Vineyard Development and Expansion program is a provincially funded program that aims to assist the Nova Scotia wine grape industry to better position Nova Scotia within the market place. This will be achieved by supporting the primary industry to increase production, enhance competitiveness and capture new markets. This program will help ensure the on-going viability of this industry in rural Nova Scotia.


A producer who:

  • Is a registered farm
  • At least 19 years of age
  • is a member in good standing of the Grape Growers Association of Nova Scotia.  Wineries must be a member in good standing of the Winery Association of Nova Scotia.

A processor who:

  • represents identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture

Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed eligibility criteria.

Deadline or important dates

Application Deadline: extension to June 1, 2019

Claims: Claims must be submitted on a yearly basis, no later than March 1 of each approved program year, for activities that were conducted in that fiscal year.

How to Apply

The Vineyard Development and Expansion Program application is available online or at your regional office.

Contact Information

Department of Agriculture
Programs and Business Risk Management
74 Research Drive
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B6L 2R2

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


Program Guidelines
Program Application — Stream 1- Vineyard Activity Details
Program Application — Stream 2- Production and Product Enhancement Education Details
Program Application — Stream 3- Specialized Vineyard Equipment Details
Program Application — Stream 4- Winery Expansion Equipment Details (Export Markets Only)
Appendix B- Alliance Arrangement Form
Wine Grape Nurseries
GrapeEnterprise Budget Tool
Grape Enterprise Budget Tool with Establishment
Wine Grape Production Costs Program Funding Registration for Farms
Program Funding Registration for Agri-Business