The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (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. Together, with Atlantic Canadians, we are building a stronger economy.
With our many partners in economic development, ACOA works to strengthen the Atlantic economy through:
Enterprise development – helping improve the business climate and lending a hand for individual business startups, modernizations and expansions.
Community development – working with communities to nurture economic growth, improve local infrastructure, and develop opportunities in the local economy.
Policy, advocacy and co-ordination – being a champion for Atlantic Canada by representing the region’s interests at the national level in areas like policy development, research and analysis and in work with other departments to ensure coordination of policies and programs.
ACOA puts special emphasis on initiatives that foster:
Commercialization of innovative technologies
Improved global competitiveness
ACOA has a long-standing commitment to tourism projects that support ACOA’s Growth Strategy for Tourism and contribute to the region’s economic growth.
Services and information
- Start a business – Find resources and financing information to help you start your business.
- Build the economy of your community – Community is an essential part of Atlantic Canadian life. Find out how our resources can help your community.
- Expand your business – Learn how we can help you expand or modernize your business and stay competitive.
- International trade and investment – Learn how ACOA can help you grow by selling your products or services abroad.
- Become more competitive – Programs for Atlantic businesses, educational and research institutions looking to become more innovative, productive and competitive.
- Explore all ACOA programs – Find the ACOA program that is right for your business.
- Business Impact Stories – Read about Atlantic Canadian businesses who used innovative thinking to propel their company forward.
- Regional Economic Growth through Innovation – REGI helps businesses to adopt innovative technologies that support scale-up, productivity and competitiveness.