Petit-de-Grat (N.-É.), February 25, 2022 - Invest Nova Scotia is supporting the modernization of the Université Sainte-Anne Marine Research Centre in Richmond County to help strengthen and grow the province’s marine and aquaculture sector.

Invest Nova Scotia is providing $327,000 over two years to create an innovation hub for local industries in the marine and aquaculture sector. The hub will provide a space for the sector to solve business challenges, explore applied research ideas and collaborate with industry experts.

“The Marine Research Centre does amazing work to support our local marine sector through education and cutting-edge research,” said Susan Corkum-Greek, Minister of Economic Development. “This project will create an exciting new space, where companies can discover innovative and sustainable business solutions that will help set them up for success.”

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is investing $125,000 in the project. The provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is also contributing $100,000, and the Northumberland Fishermen’s Association is contributing $100,000 worth of equipment.


“Invest Nova Scotia supports innovative projects that will have a long-lasting and sector-wide impact. This investment in the Université Sainte-Anne’s Marine Research Centre in Petit-de-Grat will help create a hub for cutting-edge innovation and an accelerator for applied research. It will contribute to the world-class marine sector in Nova Scotia for years to come.”

- Jolene MacEachern, Vice-Chair, Invest Nova Scotia

“The Marine Research Centre at Petit-de-Grat is dedicated to ensuring sustainable and competitive fisheries and aquaculture industries through innovation, research and education. I am pleased to support this project that builds on the centre’s reputation and its important relationships with industry stakeholders.”

- Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso

“With this investment, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture is helping to support important research through the Marine Research Centre and the Lobster Quality Research and Innovation Centre. Université Sainte-Anne is a key partner in our work to increase the value of Nova Scotia’s lobster sector.”

- Steve Craig, Minister, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

“This major investment in the Marine Research Centre for the creation of an expertise hub in marine sciences will directly support the fisheries and aquaculture sectors through innovative applied research partnerships. Université Sainte-Anne is proud to contribute to the economic sustainability of our region.”

- Allister Surette, President and Vice-Chancellor, Université Sainte-Anne

Quick Facts:

  • Invest Nova Scotia was created in 2014 as an independent decision-making board to support projects that encourage co-operation and collaboration across the province to create a more prosperous economy
  • since 2016, Invest Nova Scotia has invested over $18.5 million in 18 projects in the agriculture, education, social enterprise and arts and culture sectors

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About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

For more information         

Rachelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications and Marketing
Université Sainte-Anne
Tel.: 902-769-2114 Extension 7222
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