Fishing Licence Loan Program

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Government of Nova Scotia • Applies only to: Nova Scotia

To enter or re-enter the commercial fishery or diversify to a new species, you can apply for a loan to buy a licence and associated gear, or to use as a deposit on a licence package.

To apply you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a registered Nova Scotia business in good standing
  • Have a Fishing Masters Class certificate or five years' captain experience
  • Meet Department of Fisheries and Oceans eligibility requirements as a new entrant

A five-year business plan and a deposit are required when you apply.

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