Food Ventures Program

The Food Ventures Program provides financial support for the acceleration of innovative and safe Nova Scotia local products to market using Perennia’s food safety and product development services.

This program is for Nova Scotia registered farms and agri-food and beverage businesses with head offices in Nova Scotia.

The Food Ventures Program has two components:

  • Technical Support, Resources and Training
  • Cost-Shared Funding for Perennia Services

Program Components


Technical Support, Resources and Training

The first component offers support from Perennia quality and food safety and product development specialists to answer technical questions and inquiries. These can be initiated through the following:

In some cases, where a product’s food safety is a high risk and needs to be addressed quickly, some of those costs can be covered without an application. These decisions are made solely at the discretion of Perennia.

In addition to technical consultations, Perennia specialists also develop resources and training. These can be found on our Product Development and Quality and Food Safety resource pages.


Cost-shared Funding

The second component is cost-shared funding. This component has six categories. Some categories have specific eligibility requirements. PLEASE READ the program guidelines for more information.

Funding is available in the following categories:

  • Quality and Food Safety Program Development or Revisions – Coaching and Assessments
  • Food Safety Product Testing and Reviews
  • Environmental Monitoring of a Processing Space/Food Facility
  • Nutrition Facts Table Development
  • Improving a Current Food or Beverage Product
  • Creating a New Food or Beverage Product

How to apply for cost-shared funding

The Food Ventures Program has a two-step application process. Step 1 is to determine eligibility. This is a MANDATORY step. To determine your eligibility please complete the Step 1: Determining Eligibility Form.

Perennia staff will review your Step 1 application and let you know within three business days whether you’re eligible to apply. If you are eligible, you will be sent an email with the application form.

Please review the program guidelines for more information.

The first intake period for application is open until November 30, 2023
For further information please email foodventures@perennia.ca or call (902) 678-7722

Funds are limited. Funding components may be closed if funds are fully committed before the stated intake date.