Quality and Food Safety Programs

Nova Scotia Seafood Accelerator Program

Perennia is pleased to introduce its first Seafood Accelerator Program for Nova Scotia’s seafood sector.

The focus of this program is to support:

  • access to new markets through support for eligible companies obtaining a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification to open new export markets or maintain current ones,
  • improvement of current seafood value-added products (either in market or a ready-to-commercialize prototype with a waiting market) through technical support, and
  • successful commercialization of new Nova Scotia value-added seafood products into recognized markets with sales longevity

This program is funded under the provincial Building for Tomorrow Fund and is available until March 31, 2021. Intake is ongoing while funds are available. Projects must be completed by March 31 in the year they are approved, so early application is recommended.

Food and Beverage Business Accelerator Program

The Food and Beverage Business Accelerator Program will support Nova Scotia producers and food and beverage processors in increasing revenues and profits by assisting them to get more products successfully to market; and opening new markets for current and new products.

Perennia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (NSDA) are working closely together on the delivery of this program to help clients achieve their food business goals for value-added products produced in Nova Scotia by the processing of raw Nova Scotia agriculture products. The program is funded under the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership agreement and has three main parts:

  • Cost shared components: The NSDA will provide funding (as a percentage reimbursement) for eligible applicants when they work with Perennia on certain specialized services
  • Assistance for producers of high-risk Nova Scotia processed products:  The program provides for specific services to be carried out for companies producing high-risk processed products
  • Training and Resources: Resources will be developed and made available that will be of interest to food and beverage processors

Stay tuned for the program re-opening in April 2022!

Learn more about the program here!