NSBDC (2000) estimates that the IEF program generated employment for 7,700 individuals in the province with another 10,000 spin-off jobs.
The NSBDC assumed responsibility in 1992 for the community business loan program.
In total, the number of work places arising from NSBDC operations in Nova Scotia between 1988 and 2001 is estimated from NSBDC reports to be 20,000 (Table 2) plus a possible spin-off of 22,000.
These ambitious goals are to be achieved by two entities created from the NSBDC. NSBDC functions were taken over by Nova Scotia Business Inc.
>From the preliminary data, the per capita investments and number of jobs provided by the ACOA, NSBDC, IDA and Enterprise Ireland to Nova Scotian and Irish clients appear to be similar over the study period.