A "productivity and innovation voucher" is a credit note that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use to acquire help from Nova Scotia universities and colleges to make their businesses more innovative and productive.
There are two levels of vouchers that businesses can apply for.
Vouchers are valid until March 31st of any given program year and are limited to one per applicant.
The objective of the program is to support small businesses to become more productive and innovative while building stronger linkages between small businesses and Nova Scotian universities and colleges.
All businesses currently operating in Nova Scotia are eligible provided:
Eligible projects must clearly demonstrate the potential to contribute to the development of a new, high value-added product, service or process that will help a business become more innovative and productive.
Eligible service areas:
A list of eligible service providers and services can be found here.
Project eligibility and service providers and services are the same for both Tier 1 and Tier 2. Please note: successful voucher recipient firms are only eligible for one Tier 1 and one Tier 2 voucher award.
The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program is a competitive process. Tier 1 applications are accepted over a three-week period, once a year. Tier 2 applications are accepted over a four-week period, once a year. This website will be updated with information about competition deadline dates as it becomes available.
It is recommended that all applicants contact an eligible service provider to discuss their proposed project prior to submitting an application.
Applications are reviewed by the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, in consultation with program service providers.
Applications are evaluated based on the potential of the project to contribute to:
Tier 2 applications are also evaluated on the perceived potential of the project to build on progress made through the initial voucher award.
Service Provider capacity and available program funding are also factors in the decision-making process.
As part of ERDT's Commitment to Service Excellence, the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program strives to provide positive experiences each and every time our program is delivered.
We promise to:
Please contact us by e-mail at P+Ivouchers@gov.ns.ca, or by calling Bruce Findlay at 902-424-7530, Greg Landry 902-424-4446 or our toll-free number 1-855-324-4668.