Grant Name: Nova Scotia Seafood Accelerator Program







The focus of this program is to support:

  • access to new markets through support for eligible companies obtaining a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification to open new export markets or maintain current ones,
  • improvement of current seafood value-added products (either in market or a ready-to-commercialize prototype with a waiting market) through technical support, and
  • successful commercialization of new Nova Scotia value-added seafood products into recognized markets with sales longevity

This program is funded under the provincial Building for Tomorrow Fund and is available until March 31, 2023. Intake is ongoing while funds are available. Projects must be completed by March 31 in the year they are approved, so early application is recommended.


The following are the eligibility requirements for all components of the Seafood Accelerator Program. All relevant information must be completed on the appropriate form when applying to allow program administrators to verify these requirements have been met. Applicants must:

  • have a head office and licensed seafood processing facility in Nova Scotia,
  • demonstrate they are meeting the current federal and  provincial inspection, regulation and licensing requirements,
  • have controls in place to ensure the product is handled properly during processing and results in a final product that is not tainted, decomposed, or unwholesome, and
  • not be in contravention of provincial or federal laws related to the fishery

How to Apply?

Complete the application form specific to the program stream(s) you wish to access at seafood or email to be sent the form(s). Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding so please ensure you submit a completed application. All information will be kept confidential and used for application assessment purposes only.

Please note: for the NEW PRODUCT CREATOR PROGRAM your application must include a brief business and marketing plan.

Once an application is received, applicants should be prepared to be contacted by a Perennia team member to get further information or to have follow up questions answered.

Applications will be reviewed quickly for approval so projects can move forward. Successful applicants must be able to provide a down payment before work begins.

Scheduling of the project may begin immediately upon application approval with a signed quote and project plan.

Funding Amount

Funding is available to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant and based on scope and deliverables. Due to caps on the funding, not all applicants may be funded. Please apply early.

Contact Information

For more information on this program, or to check the status of your application please contact: Ashley Sprague


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