Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is a Canadian federal government department that is headquartered in the Atlantic Region.

ACOA’s goal is to enhance the economy of Atlantic Canadian communities through the successful development of business and job opportunities.

The Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more innovative, productive and competitive; by working closely with communities to develop and diversify local economies; and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada.

With our many partners in economic development, ACOA works to strengthen the Atlantic economy through:

  • Enterprise development – helping improve the business climate and lending a hand for individual business start-ups, modernizations and expansions.
  • Community development – working with communities to nurture economic growth, improve local infrastructure and develop opportunities in the local economy.
  • Policy, advocacy and co-ordination – being a champion for Atlantic Canada by representing the region’s interests at the national level in areas like policy development, research and analysis and in work with other departments to ensure coordination of policies and programs.

ACOA puts special emphasis on initiatives that foster greater productivity, the commercialization of innovative technologies, improved global competitiveness, and skills development.