We bring a lot to the table.
(Really. You’ll want a sturdy table.)

We have a skilled and accessible workforce.

With 10 universities and 13 community college campuses, Nova Scotia has more university students and graduates per capita each year than anywhere else in Canada, ensuring a steady stream of top talent. When talent is needed from elsewhere in the world, our immigration-friendly policies are a huge advantage. In fact, we welcomed more newcomers in 2019 than ever before, reflecting a strong commitment to immigration.

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Our business costs are quite competitive.

According to FDI Benchmark, Nova Scotia has significantly lower operating costs for electronic component manufacturing when compared to key competitive jurisdictions, including Reno, Detroit, Hannover, and Boston.

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We offer strategic incentives.

From R&D tax credits to accelerated capital cost allowances, payroll incentives, and innovation rebates on capital projects, Nova Scotia’s incentive mix is strong for innovative and export-driven companies.

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Our R&D climate breeds innovation.

With 10 research-driven universities, world-class research institutions, and a competitive tax credit, Nova Scotia is one of the best places in Canada to conduct R&D — just ask one of the 3,000 public and private sector scientists who live and work here.

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We have a diverse economy.

Many of Nova Scotia’s clusters have natural synergies with other sectors, creating a variety of opportunities for businesses in ocean technologies, marine defence, energy, and advanced manufacturing.

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Don't just take our word for it.


COVE keeps us in touch with developments in the local ocean tech sector and brings us closer to our customers and industry partners. We look forward to expanding on existing relationships and finding new ways to introduce Canadian ocean tech to the world.

Nick Burchill Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime, Canada

By expanding our business to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, we’ve been able to closely collaborate with other Canadian innovators and technology leaders, resulting in enhanced offerings for our clients and at the end of the day – improved financial standing. We are excited to see what else this strategic location does for our business – this is just the beginning.

Karl Kenny President & CEO of Kraken Robotics

We picked COVE to give my people a home base in Atlantic Canada where they can collaborate with other engineers who face similar challenges. Problems get solved faster when you have other people to talk to.

Niru Somayajula President & CEO, Sensor Technology Ltd.

Why Nova Scotia?

Nova Scotia has every business advantage you need. Educated workers. A thriving tech sector. And a location on Canada’s East Coast – halfway between the Pacific Coast and Europe – that offers global reach and modern infrastructure.

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You’ll be in Good Company.

Interested in locating your business in Nova Scotia? Call Jonathan

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Jonathan Coles
Investment Attraction, Ocean Tech
Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Halifax, Nova Scotia