Partnership Opportunity Notice

Partnership Opportunity Notice 

Housing Nova Scotia (HNS) partners with private and non-profit developers to create more affordable housing supply across the province by making provincially owned land available to eligible applicants. 

Through a Partnership Opportunity Notice (PON), HNS can provide a land contribution to successful proponents to assist in offsetting some development costs. HNS and developers enter into a long-term land lease agreement for a nominal rent in exchange for a commitment to create and maintain affordable units permanently or over a presribed period of time. 

Successful proponents are selected based on an evaluation of various criteria including the applicant’s organizational capacity and depth of affordability proposed. Additional considerations include, but are not limited to, the level of socio-economic, environmental, and accessibility outcomes to be achieved. 

Community housing applicants will be prioritized, as well as private developers who demonstrate a commitment to exceed the minimum requirements for affordability, energy efficiency, and accessibility while ensuring the long-term financial viability of their project.


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Address: 1 Circassion Drive, Cole Harbour

Urban Residential (UR) in the Cole Harbour/Westphal Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS)

Current zoning is Community Facility (P-2) in the Cole Harbour/Westphal Land Use By-law (LUB). Previously under Development Agreement (expired 31-DEC-2019) to permit a Multi-Unit Residential Development containing 8 Dwelling Units.

Proposed Development:
Minimum of 8 residential dwelling units anticipated with the potential for a higher density  (approx. 16 – 20 units) subject to Municipal Development Agreement process based on Policy UR-10 and IM-9 of the MPS.


Eligible Property Type

Eligible affordable housing projects should include, but are not limited to:

  • Mixed-income; Mixed-use; Mixed-tenure; 
  • Permanent housing (long-term tenancy, 12 months or more);
  • Primary use as residential; and 
  • Single detached dwellings, standard multi-unit residential, single room occupancy and seniors’ independent living housing (i.e., excluding the delivery of health care).

Eligible Applicants

Applicant must be, or partner with, a Nova Scotia based organization to be eligible for this opportunity.  All types of operating models will be considered, including but not limited to:

  • Indigenous governing bodies and organizations (off reserve)
  • Non-profit organizations (including co-ops)
  • Private corporations
  • Municipalities

Cross-sectoral partnerships are encouraged.

Manadatory Minimum Criteria for Selection

  • Project stage and timeline
  • Ability to deliver the project
  • Population served

How to Apply:

  1. Download the Partnership Opportunity Notice
  2. Review all the project requirements before you prepare your proposal. 
  3. Submit your proposal to on, or before January 31, 2022, at 5 pm. Applicants can present their submission in the form and format of their choice.