Business Development

YMCA Nova Scotia Works Employment Centre is open Mon-Fri 9-4 at 22756 Hwy 7 Room 206 Blue Water Business Centre. PHONE 902-885 2810…FAX 902-885-2976

There will be assistance of a certified career development practititioner for job search…resumes…cover letters…funding applications…workshops and services of a commissioner of oaths. The catchment area is East Ship Harbour to Ecum Secum. A Job Developer / Employment Engagement Specialist is available to work with employers 902-885-3593 by appointment who will work with employers in Sheet Harbour, Middle Musqiodoboit and Porters Lake.

Sheet Harbour is “Open for Business”

The sea defines Nova Scotia. No matter where you go, it is never more than 35 kilometers away. The coastline is more than 7,400 kilometers long, punctuated by idyllic harbors and inlets, sandy beaches and glacier-shorn cliffs. Nova Scotia is a thrilling charge on a big sailboat before a cool, clean North Atlantic summer gale.

It is rafting the highest tides in the world (18 meters). It is an October walk along a twisting trail through the fluorescent red and orange forest. Great outdoors, history, lot’s of things to see and do, this province offers an abundance of activities, living history, spectacular scenery, friendly and giving people, dynamic arts and culture environment and excellent international recognized education institutions. Sheet Harbour is centrally positioned in a province rich in opportunity.

Community Assets

There are a number of buildings in Sheet Harbour that are currently underutilized. These facilities include church halls community centres etc. Community leaders are looking at consolidating these facilities into one central complex to reduce costs and provide better service to the residents of Sheet Harbour. This process is underway and it will see several buildings come available for redevelopment into office retail or other commercial uses. These facilities could be ideal for development into a 50 ‐100 seat customer contact/back office operation or information technology studio. The community is eager to work with companies to find alternative uses for these facilities.

CANTAT 2 trans Atlantic Cable Station

In 1974 Beaver Harbour (neighbouring community to Sheet Harbour) was selected as the site for the CANTAT 2 trans ‐Atlantic cable station operated by Teleglobe. A few years ago this facility was decommissioned and it remains vacant.It is a well built facility that could be redeployed as a data centre or other similar facility.

The Sheet Harbour Industrial Park

The Sheet Harbour Industrial Park is co ‐located with the Port providing companies with an excellent venue for manufacturing processing and transportation facilities. The Sheet Harbour Industrial Park was founded in 1987 and has been an important tool for the development of the Sable Island natural gas project and  the site for the coating of the pipeline for the Deep Panuke natural gas pipeline.  The Park is also home to Northern Fibre Terminal Incorporated (NFTI) which operates a major facility that includes scale and unloading facilities for trucks delivering round wood and chips as well as a debarker a chipper a storage facility a laboratory for monitoring chip quality and a conveyor system for loading chips at dockside. The 129 acre Sheet Harbour Industrial Park offers considerable development potential for firms in the manufacturing or transportation business. The price of land in the park varies from $5 000 to $40 000/acre. Nova Scotia Power provides electrical power to the Sheet Harbour Industrial Park. Power is distributed in the park via overhead utility poles and can accommodate users requiring in excess of 1 000 kV.A. There are no central water or sewage services in the park. Tenants are responsible for building their own facilities where required.

Port of Sheet Harbour

The second largest port facility in the Halifax Regional Municipality is located at Sheet Harbour. The port of Sheet Harbour operates as a local port and is used to ship forest products from the Musquodoboit Valley and the industrial Pictou County area during the winter months (when Pictou harbour is ice ‐ bound). The Port of Sheet Harbour was upgraded in 1988 and features an Industrial Park as well as a 500 foot Common User Docks. The Port is also the closest marine facility to the Sable Island Offshore Oil Fields (240 km/150 miles).

The approach channel has a low tide depth of 11 – 15 metres with no width restrictions. Pilotage is available but not compulsory.  Sheet Harbour features a 500 foot berthing wharf with a 34 feet draught connected to a large concrete pad. The facility also has two 10 feed wide runways and a 12.3 acre common user area. Sheet Harbour has another important advantage. Situated on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore approximately 115 kilometers (70 miles) east of Halifax the Harbour is approximately 80 km (50 miles) west of the Great Circle Route between North America and Europe. Position: Lat 44 degrees 51’N/Long.62 degrees 30’W

Services:
• Lights • Stevedoring
• Anchorage • Barge Wharf
• Harbour master • Supplies
• Ship loading • Transportation System
• Common User
• Conveyor System

Partnering and Development Opportunities

There are several government departments and agencies tasked with supporting economic development in the Province of Nova Scotia. The Greater Halifax Partnership works with businesses that are looking to expand in the HRM and can link them up with any appropriate support programs.

Nova Scotia Business Inc – Nova Scotia’s business development agency Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI) works with businesses and organizations to help them grow and prosper. As a private sector ‐led agency NSBI works to attract new companies to locate in Nova Scotia to provide long ‐term employment opportunities for Nova Scotians and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing. NSBI offers a variety of support programs including debt financing payroll rebates and R&D tax credits for eligible companies and expansion projects.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 
is the federal government department responsible for helping to build economic capacity in the Atlantic Provinces by working with the people of the region in their communities through their institutions and with their local and provincial governments and businesses to create jobs and enhance earned incomes.

CBDC Blue Water
 based just down the road in Musquodoboit Harbour promotes economic development in rural areas by providing financial assistance training and counselling to businesses.  CBDC Blue Water covers the rural areas between Ecum Secum and Hubbards including communities such as Tantallon Timberlea Sackville Beaverbank Eastern Passage Preston Porter’s Lake Sheet Harbour and Middle Musquodoboit but excluding the metro areas of Halifax, Bedford and Dartmouth.  CBDC Blue Water offers financing up to $150 000 and also delivers specific programs targeted at young entrepreneurs start ‐up businesses student entrepreneurs female entrepreneurs and businesses implementing new technology in their business or bringing a new technology to market.