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About The NSBA

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) was established in 1998 by a small group of leading boatbuilders who shared a common vision of growing and diversifying this maritime industry beyond its original domestic fishing boat market. From a modest beginning, the association’s membership has grown to include 36 boatbuilders and 44 companies supplying products and services to the industry.

NSBA’s mission is to create and foster an environment that promotes profitable and sustained export-oriented business growth for its members.  It does this by:

  • Promoting the industry to markets in Canada, the US and around the world;
  • Managing and administering the Nova Scotia Boat Builder Apprenticeship Program;
  • Developing new marine trades training materials;
  • Promoting boatbuilding as a career;
  • Representing the boatbuilding industry at various government levels; and
  • Providing technical and market advice to boatbuilders.

In 2005, the NSBA signed the first-ever licensing agreement with  New Zealand’s Boating Industry Training Organisation to adapt and deliver their boat builder training materials to apprentices registered in Canada’s Maritime provinces.

NSBA members design, build, and provide materials and equipment for a diverse range of semi-custom and custom boats, from 8′ to 80′ in length, for commercial and recreational use.  All boats are built to Transport Canada or equivalent standards by a skilled workforce.

The NSBA is the first point of contact for the boatbuilding industry in Canada’s Maritime provinces.

NSBA’s Commitment to You

The NSBA continues to encourage its members to follow quality practices in all aspects of boatbuilding, and provides many tools and resources to help them achieve consistent standards of quality, value, safety and service. Members agree to abide by NSBA’s Code of Ethics.

NSBA’s Code of Ethics

To help the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association achieve its mandate to promote and protect the boatbuilding industry in Canada’s Maritimes, and to foster an environment that will help boatbuilders realize sustained business growth, members of the NSBA pledge themselves:

  • To comply with applicable vessel construction standards
  • To work towards developing and maintaining appropriate standards of workmanship in the construction and repair of commercial and pleasure boats, and to stand behind this workmanship upon completion
  • To deal honestly and fairly with their customers
  • To cooperate to extend the effectiveness of the NSBA by sharing the lessons of experience with other members
  • To avoid all conduct or practice detrimental to the boatbuilding industry, to the NSBA, to the name or reputation to any of its members, or to customers.

These responsibilities are freely and solemnly assumed as they form part of an obligation as Members of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association.

Are You a Member?

NSBA is a strong voice for the boatbuilding industry in Canada’s Maritimes – and you can benefit by joining our association. On behalf of our members, we:

  • Promote the industry
  • Upgrade workers’ skills
  • Certify tradespeople
  • Recruit youth to the industry
  • Talk to government
  • Provide technical advice and support

Boatbuilders based in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward Island are eligible for membership in NSBA. There are two categories of membership: “Gold” Members at $2000 + HST per year, and “Silver” Members at $500 + HST per year. “Gold” Members receive substantially more membership benefits in return for their higher fees. Download the 2012 Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association Membership Information pamphlet, or contact us, for more information.

Suppliers of goods or services to our boatbuilding industry are eligible to join NSBA as Associate Members. Associate Members can be based anywhere in North America. There are two categories of associate membership: “Gold” Associate Members at $1000 + HST per year, and “Silver” Associate Members at $500 + HST per year. Download the 2012 Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association Information pamphlet, or contact us, for more information.

Become a member!  Download the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association Membership  Application Form here.