Input Sought on Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship

With renovations underway for the new Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), potential tenants and members are encouraged to contribute to its final design.

A Request For Information was issued on March 9, to learn from local, national and international businesses about their design needs for space, facilities and programming.  The RFI closes on April 21. Read more here.

Cove 2 Rendering Final Cove Aerial Rendering Aug 2016

On September 1, 2016 Federal and Provincial funding was announced for COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship), located on the Dartmouth waterfront. COVE is expected to open in 2018.

Earlier News:

The former Canadian Coast Guard land on the Dartmouth waterfront will be home to an ocean innovation centre known as COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship). Waterfront Development received approval from the provincial government to purchase the land from the federal government in 2015.


The corporation will now work with the provincial government, industry and post-secondary schools to develop the centre, where ocean technology research and private sector marine businesses can work together to drive more investment, commercialization, exports and growth.

The annual global market value for ocean-related goods and services is $3 trillion.

More than 200 companies make up Nova Scotia’s ocean science and technology sector. Activity includes science, fisheries, aquaculture, offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding and maritime security.

Located at 27 Parker St., the property includes buildings, waterfront and over 850 metres of wharf and two 100 metre piers.  The property is a 9.5-acre site plus water lot. The purchase price is $6.5 million.

An ocean innovation action team is in place to guide the vision and strategic direction for the ocean innovation centre.

The centre supports OneNS goals linked to business startups, exports from growth-oriented companies, and research and development partnerships.

Nova Scotia is recognized internationally for ocean research done by Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Royal Canadian Navy, and a growing sector of export oriented ocean technology companies.

The Canadian Coast Guard now operates from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

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