History

Building on the value of the waterfront since 1976

The province of Nova Scotia has always recognized the value of its spectacular waterfront spaces. In 1976, the Waterfront Development Corporation took on the task to create experiences and opportunities and invest in infrastructure at the water’s edge. The Corporation began with a focus on the Halifax Harbour, but in July, 2018, Develop Nova Scotia was formed with a new pan-provincial mandate to develop strategic economic infrastructure to support inclusive economic growth in Nova Scotia. In December 2022, Nova Scotia Lands Inc., Develop Nova Scotia, and the Healthcare Infrastructure Renewal group combine to become Build Nova Scotia.This means that the legislation that governs this new Crown corporation is now in force, made official by a proclamation on order by the Governor in Council.

Build Nova Scotia oversees opportunities to transform our province’s lands and properties in ways that drive our economy forward and improve quality of life for all Nova Scotians. This includes managing the addition and renewal of infrastructure that keeps Nova Scotians healthy, connected, and thriving no matter where they live.

A thriving community is a powerful thing. And for our communities to reach their full potential, they need partnership, support, and platforms for growth. Build Nova Scotia believes that by working together, we can ensure the projects and places that matter most to Nova Scotians are brought to life in ways that improve our home and enrich our lives.

A brief history of the Halifax waterfront

The waterfront has always been the historical core of commercial and naval Halifax: a bustling working harbour in a growing city. The post-WWI downturn in traditional waterfront activity was followed by containerized shipping growth, which led to property deterioration as businesses moved elsewhere in the harbour. Over this same period, Halifax declined as a fishing port. In 1960, a Harbourfront Highway proposal was replaced by a community that was looking for a more progressive strategy for their waterfront. To view an in-depth look at the history of the Halifax waterfront, click here.

Waterfront Development is born

Three levels of government came together to develop a plan that would generate economic and social property on the waterfront. The committee became a Crown Corporation with the mandate to redevelop and revitalize the lands surrounding Halifax Harbour (and any other lands designated by its shareholder, the Province of Nova Scotia), and was named Waterfront Development Corporation. Since 1976, Waterfront Development has worked with partners on a number of key development projects, including Marriott Harbourfront and the award-winning Bishop’s Landing in Halifax. Today, Build Nova Scotia has a province-wide mandate with the same basic principles to capitalize on Nova Scotia’s wealth of waterfront assets, and ensure residents, visitors and entrepreneurs have access to the spaces in a well-planned and inclusive manner. See Projects.

News

Province to Seek Operator for Lunenburg Foundry Shipyard

The government will soon begin looking for an operator for the historic Lunenburg Foundry to continue supporting the region's shipbuilding and maintenan… ...

The government will soon begin looking for an operator for the historic Lunenburg Foundry to continue supporting the region's shipbuilding and maintenance industry - a key component of its thriving waterfront.

New Crown Corporations Launched to Drive Economic Growth

Today, December 1, the Province launched two new organizations that modernize the government's approach to economic development and improve accountabili… ...

Today, December 1, the Province launched two new organizations that modernize the government's approach to economic development and improve accountability to Nova Scotians.

Evergreen Market Vendor Opportunity

September 15, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the spirit of the season to Halifax from November 25-December 18, 2022. Local busine… ...

September 15, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The Evergreen Festival will bring the spirit of the season to Halifax from November 25-December 18, 2022. Local businesses and organizations are invited get involved as Evergreen Market ve…

New Fibre Internet Projects Announced

High-speed internet will reach another 40 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through scope expansion projects with Seaside Communications and Bell as part… ...

High-speed internet will reach another 40 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through scope expansion projects with Seaside Communications and Bell as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The locations are located…

Satellite Internet Program Expansion

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to in… ...

August 11, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The recently announced Satellite Internet Service Rebate program is expanding to help more Nova Scotians get access to internet services faster. Starting today, August 11, the program will ac…

Province Invests in Satellite Internet

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Sa… ...

July 29, 2022 — Halifax, NS: The government is helping homes and businesses get internet where there is no access to wired or wireless solutions. The Satellite Internet Service Rebate program announced today, July 29, will…

New Projects Announced for Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with… ...

July 5, 2022 — Halifax, NS: High-speed internet access will reach a further 273 Nova Scotia homes and businesses through a scope expansion project with Eastlink as part of the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative. The expan…

18th Annual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symp… ...

Lunenburg, NS — Thank you to those who joined Lunenburg Waterfront Association Inc. and Develop Nova Scotia for the 18thAnnual Lunenburg Waterfront Symposium & Information Update on June 25, 2022. View the Lunenburg Wa…

Join our Team – Business Developer & Programming Manager

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property manager… ...

Our people are a passionate and industrious bunch of placemakers. We’re engineers, planners, architects, designers, program developers, property managers, storytellers, creatives, pragmatists, stewards of public investment…

Retail Opportunities at Salt Yard

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfr… ...

Bring your local flair and flavour to the Halifax waterfront this summer and join over 25 small local businesses in Salt Yard—one of the Halifax waterfront’s most vibrant districts. Develop Nova Scotia is seeking potential…