Nova Scotia Seafood Innovation and Technology Adoption Program (NS-ITAP)

Perennia is providing non-repayable financial assistance to Nova Scotia commercial entities in the fishing, aquaculture, marine plant harvesting and seafood buying/ processing sector to increase productivity, competitiveness, quality and sustainability in the fish and seafood sector under NS-ITAP. Depending on the nature and scope of the project, funding may also be awarded to Nova Scotia-based industry groups or associations.

The NS-ITAP supports  ‘innovation’ and ‘infrastructure’ related projects and aims to increase the value and volume of Nova Scotia fish and seafood products that are marketed as high quality, value-added and sustainably sourced.

Subject to funding availability, the Program is scheduled to run from May 1, 2024 to February 28, 2026

Eligible Activities

INNOVATION: to encourage the development of new products and technologies in the harvesting, aquaculture and processing sectors

  • Research and development of new innovations to contribute to the sustainability and enhanced product quality of the fish and seafood sector,
  • Pilots and testing of new innovations, and
  • Activities to introduce innovations to market.

INFRASTRUCTURE: to encourage the use of new technologies or processes to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the sector.

  • Adapting/adopting new technologies, processes or equipment to improve the effectiveness, quality and sustain-ability of the fish and seafood sector; and
  • Training associated with adaption of new technologies, processes or equipment


NS-ITAP is offering up to $99,900 in non-repayable assistance per project inclusive of all operations per fiscal year at a maximum assistance rate of 70 percent depending on the nature of the project.

See the NS-ITAP Program Guidelines for full details on eligible applicants, activities and expenses.

Please note: Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance members are not eligible for this program and are instead invited to apply to the Nova Scotia Seafood Alliance Infrastructure and Innovation Program.

For More Information Contact

Sarah Lowe