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Important Notices

Copyright/Permission to Reproduce

Materials on this Web site were produced and/or compiled by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for the purpose of providing Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada. The material on this site is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Non-commercial Reproduction

Information on this Web site, regardless of its format, has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal or public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole, and by any means, without charge or further permission, unless otherwise specified. Users are required to:

  • Exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
  • Indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author organization; and
  • Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.

Commercial Reproduction

Reproduction of multiple copies of materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from the Government of Canada’s copyright administrator, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Through the permission granting process, PWGSC helps to ensure individuals/organizations wishing to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate, up-to-date versions. To obtain permission to reproduce materials on this site, contact

Reproduction of Government Symbols

The official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the "Canada" wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without written authorization. Request for authorization from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat may be addressed to

Third-party materials

Some of the materials and graphical elements found on Government of Canada Web sites are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. This is particularly true of sites that are jointly operated by a Government of Canada institution and an external organization as part of a collaborative arrangement. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material.

To obtain information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions on reproduction on this site, please contact us at ACOA.

Hyperlinking Notice

Links to Web sites not under the control of the Government of Canada are provided solely for the convenience of visitors. The government is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or the reliability of the content. The government does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content.

Visitors should also be aware that information offered by non-Government of Canada sites to which ACOA links is not subject to the Privacy Act, the Official Languages Act and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. Visitors should research the privacy policies of the sites before providing personal information.

Official Languages

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency respects the Official Languages Act and relevant Treasury Board policies, and is committed to ensuring all information on this site is available in both French and English.

However, users should be aware that some information from external sources that are not subject to the Official Languages Act is only provided as a convenience and is available only in the language in which it was provided.


The Government of Canada and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are committed to respecting individuals’ privacy when they visit ACOA on-line.

The ACOA website does not automatically gather any personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or email address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it to us or if you register as a client on ACOA Direct, our web application that allows clients to do business with ACOA securely over the Internet. Your personal information is usually not disclosed to anyone except ACOA personnel who need the information to respond to your enquiry. Any further disclosure would be in accordance with section 8 of the Privacy Act. All personal information created, held or collected by ACOA is protected under the Privacy Act.

Unless specifically noted otherwise, it is not recommended that you send sensitive personal information electronically.

ACOA does use software programs that track statistics from your on-line visit to help us understand how visitors use our website and to protect the security and validity of official information. When you visit our website, these programs automatically receive and temporarily store anonymous statistical information supplied by your web browser, such as the Internet Protocol address of the computer you used to contact our website; the type of browser and domain name you used; the date and time you visited; the pages you visited; and the documents you downloaded. In most circumstances, this is anonymous statistical data and we make no attempt to link this data with the identity of individuals visiting our site.

We also use Google Analytics, an on-line web analytics service that helps measure traffic patterns to, from and within our public websites. This tool uses both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies to track use of this web site. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website is transmitted to Google, although no personal, identifying information is recorded or provided to Google. The anonymous information is compiled by Google in a statistical report which ACOA uses to assess and improve the website. The data and statistical reports are used only to help us make our site more useful to visitors and are made available only to Web managers and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. We do not include the Google Analytics measurement tool on any secure sites.

If you wish, you may opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by disabling or refusing the cookies. Disabling Google Analytics or JavaScript will still permit you to access comparable information or services from our website. To disable cookies or JavaScript, please refer to your vendor’s browser instruction guide.

If you require additional information about Privacy and ACOA, please contact our Access to Information Directorate. If you are not satisfied with the information provided by ACOA regarding privacy, please contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.


Some of the information and services found on this Web site have been provided by external sources. We are not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information or services provided by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information or services should consult directly with the appropriate source.