A collaborative facility for
applied innovation in the ocean sector

This Request for Information is directed to parties interested in participating at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (“COVE”) through membership, an incubation program stream, short term on site license, long term lease and/or berthing agreement in order to provide information that will assist in shaping the COVE program and renovation. The RFI is not intended to lead to negotiations for contracts at the site which will instead be the subject of a Request for Proposals, expected in Spring 2017.

The COVE mission is to propel the ocean economy by providing high quality marine infrastructure and a collaborative space in which a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. Our primary goal is to support ocean technology commercialization.

Construction has begun on site with an anticipated occupancy date of April 2018. Located on Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, the 20 acre site (7.4 acre land, 12.7 acre water lot) features extensive marine facilities, over 800 metres of wharfage including two piers, marginal wharves and small boat marina/floating docks, close to 50,000 square feet of building space, including office, shared equipment such as in electronics and mechanical fabrication shops, a business incubator and space for shops and labs.

For the full Request for Information (RFI), click here.


Request for Expressions of Interest

Please fill out the following form, naming one person to be the respondent’s contact for the RFI process and for any clarifications or communication that might be necessary.

* Required fields

Name of Organization:*

Any Other Relevant Name under which Organization Carries on Business:

Street Address:


Postal Code/Zip Code:



Phone Number:*

Company Website (if applicable):

Respondent Contact Information

Full Name:*


Phone Number (if different from above):

Email Address:*

Organization Information

Which segment of the Ocean Economy does your business focus on? (select all that apply):*

Marine Defence & SecurityMarine TransportationFisheries & AquacultureEnergyMarine TourismOther

What level of involvement would you expect to have with COVE?:*

TenantOccasional UserMember with limited use of COVE facilities

Would COVE be your business' primary location, or auxiliary?:*


What would your business' proposed use of space at COVE be? (select all that apply):*

Marine Facilities/Wharfage/BerthageIncubator ClientOfficeWorkshop

Marine Facilities

Vessel Length (ft):

Vessel Draft (ft):

Vessel Beam (ft):

What are your power requirements? (Select all that apply):*

20 AMP30 AMP50 AMP100 AMP200 AMPNoneUnsure

Do you have water requirements?:*


Do you have lay down space requirements?:*


Do you have other requirements for marine facilities?:

Start-Up Yard Incubator Client

Do you have annual sales of less than $2 million?:*


Provide a general description of your business, product(s) and customers (Actual or anticipated):*

At what stage of development is your technology/company?:*

IdeaProof of ConceptPrototypeIn-market

Technology Readiness Level, TRL (if known):

How big is your team?:*

1-5 members6-10 members11-20 members> 20 members

Are you interested in programming to accelerate growth (e.g. mentoring, workshops, expert advice, funding)?:*


Office Space

How often would you expect your business to use the office space?:*


How many desk spaces do you need?:*

1 Space2-3 Spaces4-10 Spaces> 10 Spaces

Do you require space that meets the Canadian Controlled Goods Regulations or ITAR?:*


Do you require privately enclosed office space?:*


Any other requirements for office space?:

Workshop Space

How often would you expect your business to use the workshop space?:*


How much workshop space to do expect to need?:*

< 100sq.ft (10ft x 10ft - 3m x 3m)100-200sq.ft (14ft x 14ft - 4m x 4m)200-500sq.ft (22ft x 22ft - 7m x 7m)> 500sq.ft

What shared workshop facilities would you desire?:*

Any requirements for workshop space? (select all that apply):*

PowerWaterVentilationOther (add above)

Organizational Fit

How would your business contribute to the collaborative community at COVE?:*

By clicking ‘submit’, the respondent acknowledges that the Request for Information is Not a Formal Competitive Bidding Process. This RFI is issued for information gathering purposes only and is not intended to be, and is not, a formal legally binding “Contract A” bidding process. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the respondent acknowledges that there is no obligation, assurance or commitment by the Province that this RFI will result in any subsequent negotiations, direct contract award, invitational tendering or open tendering process, and this RFI does not constitute a commitment by the Province to procure any goods or services, or to advise any respondents of subsequent competitive bidding opportunities that may be issued by the Province. This RFI will not be used to evaluate, rank or select vendors, nor will it be used to pre-qualify or screen vendors for a subsequent competitive bidding process, if any.