Access NS - Online Services for Businesses

Nova Scotia's Online Service for Business provides easy, secure, and convenient access to your business information. It allows you to:

  • Apply for licenses and permits from provincial and municipal government.
  • Manage your business registrations, permits and licenses.
  • Complete several transactions at one time and pay online.
  • Register a new partnership or Sole Proprietorship.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

ACOA works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)

CBDC is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs and services to help you start, expand or modernize a business.

Destination Eastern And Northumberland Shores

Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores (DEANS) is a registered not for profit association that represents 12 municipal units along both the Eastern and Northumberland Shores. We focus on 3 main pillars as an Association:
1) Destination Marketing Organization 2) Visitor Servicing 3) Industry Partnerships

Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores fosters a vibrant and sustainable region with thriving businesses, diverse communities and proud people who work together to make our entire region a favorite year-round tourism destination. Their vision is to facilitate sustainable and economic tourism growth through marketing, communication and education in partnership with community stakeholders.


Innovacorp's mission is to find, fund and foster innovative Nova Scotia start-ups that strive to change the world. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization that  targets industries such as information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)

Working towards a globally competitive Nova Scotia, NSBI helps local companies become more successful exporters.

Nova Scotia Department of Business

The Nova Scotia Department of Business works with the private and social enterprise sectors to improve the competitiveness of Nova Scotia’s business environment and make dealing with government easier, faster and less frequent.

Wild Island Tourism Advancement Partnership

The Wild Islands Tourism Advancement Partnership aims to build upon the success of the 100 Wild Islands campaign by the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and is looking to position the area from Musquodoboit Harbour to Sherbrooke as a one-of-a-kind sustainable tourism destination that is recognized internationally.

The Strategic Tourism Expansion Program (STEP) process ended on April 7th, 2016 with the Funder’s Presentation, whereby the STEP Strategic Plan and its findings were presented to ACOA, local funders and the public.

However, this tourism initiative is still in its early stages. Plans for future project leadership and funding were developed and outlined in the STEP Strategic Plan. This led to the formation of WITAP, which is the group which will continue to move this initiative forward. All future efforts of the initiative must align with the Unique Selling Proposition (USP), Vision Statement, and Positioning statement listed in the STEP Strategic Plan.