Economic Development

Interested in starting a business? Need help for the one you have put so much time into? Or maybe its soon time to retire & succession planning is on your mind.

Reach out to Victoria County Economic Development Officer:

Parker Horton

Phone: 902-562-0122


Small Business Internship Program

Need Help Leveraging the Internet to Grow Your Business?

Check out the Small Business Internship Program from Industry Canada. The program is designed to help Canadian small and mid-sized companies who have been in business for at least 1 year. If you have a website and can contribute 25% of the cost of the wages for a student, your business may qualify. If you need additional information about the program, you can:

Small Business Internship Program
Small Business, Tourism and Marketplace Services Sector
Industry Canada
Telephone: 613-957-2305
Facsimile: 613-954-5463

Productivity Investment Program (PIP)

Need Help to Upgrade Equipment and Train Staff on New Technology or Processes? Check out the jobsHERE initiative from the Government of Nova Scotia. jobsHERE is the provincial plan to create good jobs and grow a sustainable economy. The strategy combines three components:

  • learning the rights skills for the job
  • growing the economy through innovation, and
  • helping businesses be more competitive globally

The Productivity Investment Program (PIP) will help companies improve employees’ skills and purchase advanced equipment to become more competitive. The program includes a Capital Investment Incentive (to purchase equipment), and the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentives (to train employees for more advanced workplace skills).

To find out how these programs can help your business:

Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
1660 Hollis Street, Suite 600
Halifax, NS B3J 1V7
Telephone: 902-424-8822