Province Strengthens Supports for Restaurant and Bar Industry

Province Strengthens Supports for Restaurant and Bar Industry

Small Business Supports During 3rd Wave

Small Business Impact Grant Part 3: Update

Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program

Expanded Small Business Real Property Tax Rebate Program

COVID-19: Paid Sick Leave Program 


East Hants Workforce Development Survey

East Hants Economic & Business Development have partnered with Fairwinds Training and Development Inc. to develop a Workforce Development Plan. The plan will help provide direction and guide actions to support local industry with attracting and retaining talent, as well as to encourage diversity and entrepreneurship in the region… for more information and to participate in the survey please click here.

New Border Restrictions in Effect

New Border Restrictions Now in Effect

New border measures took effect May 10, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Only permanent residents of Nova Scotia and people travelling for essential reasons can enter the province. For more information please click here.

People can apply for an exception if they have:a purchase or sale agreement for a property purchase in 2021 showing that an offer has been accepted on or before April 21 and closing date is on or before May 20
a minimum one-year lease signed on or before April 21 and beginning on or before May 20
a letter of acceptance for new employment in Nova Scotia that cannot be done virtually or deferred; the letter must be dated on or before May 7
Instructions for applying for an exception will be posted at:

Government Supports for Nova Scotia Businesses

Supports for Business Available Soon (

Open East Hants Postponed

In light of the current restrictions and safety of our community being top priority, Open East Hants, that was orginally scheduled for the end of May, will be postponed until a later date. We will announce a new date once the restrictions ease. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Last Chance! Spring 2021 Programs


These INTERACTIVE online programs, VALUED at $5000, are at no cost to business owners, managers or their employees.

But time is running out!

You can find the full list and the details of all programs on or simply apply online here.

FEB 10th – Brewing Business Coffee Hour – Networking and Info Session

Wednesday February 10th 10-11 am

During this Brewing Business we will be joined by Isaac Nkansah, Business Account Manager with RBC,  who will provide information on the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program or HASCAPFor more information click here.

Please join us virtually with a cup of coffee from your office for a casual meeting with local businesses like yourself. Register in order to receive the link to join.

Once registered you will receive a link to the event on Tuesday afternoon.

Please tell your friends, business partners and colleagues. All are welcome!

Let us know you’ll be joining us so we can let you in. Register here. 


Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

Minister Ng announces launch of Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program, or HASCAP. As first outlined in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, HASCAP will provide financial support to businesses that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Read more… 


Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement 2020

Highlights from the Fall Economic Statement 2020

Member Services


Happy Canada Day everyone! The office will be closed today as we will be celebrating Canada's birthday! ... See MoreSee Less
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📣 2022 BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! 📣We realize you're heading into a very busy weekend, but we hope you'll find some time to nominate a very deserving East Hants business or businesses for their awesomeness over the past year! Please visit to submit your nominations. You can submit a nomination for more than one category by completing the survey for each category. Deadline for nominations is July 17th! Enjoy your weekend!CBDC Hants-Kings Futureworx Municipality of East Hants ... See MoreSee Less
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After a 3-year hiatus of this highly anticipated event, we are beyond excited to announce the 2022 Annual Business Excellence Awards which will be held at the Oakfield Golf and Country Club, October 25th. NOMINATIONS WILL OPEN SOON! *** JUNE 30TH *** STAY TUNED!Municipality of East Hants Futureworx The Laker News EAST HANTS WANTS TO KNOW Atlantic Chamber of Commerce CBDC Hants-Kings ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us for some networking fun andstrategies for success!📣We will be hosting a series of four networking workshops throughout July & August. You can attend all or one or two.🌞In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, we will work on creating an "elevator speech", how to talk about our business, and how to mingle in a group.You can attend all or any one or more, whatever fits you. More details on time and location of the next three will follow.🚗We hope to spread the workshops around East Hants. If you're a business owner and interested in hosting one of the workshops please send an email to coordinator@ehcc.👝If you're interested in participating in any of the four workshops, please send an email to ... See MoreSee Less
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