Fifty-six Nova Scotia companies are getting a boost to their innovation and productivity with expertise and services from the province's universities and colleges.

We received 152 applications from small and medium-sized businesses across Nova Scotia for this year’s Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program.

The competing companies ran the gamut – from beer suds and beehives, to hydrophones and biomedical devices.

The Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program has two tiers. Tier 1 offers vouchers, or credit notes, of up to $15,000 for eligible applicants that have not previously been awarded a voucher, or are applying with a new project. Tier 2 offers vouchers of up to $25,000 to build on work done through a previously awarded Tier 1 voucher.

This year, 39 companies are receiving Tier 1 vouchers and 17 are receiving Tier 2 vouchers. The total value of support awarded is $1 million.

Eligible services include applied research, engineering services, prototyping, product design, market advice and field testing.

Below is a list of the 2016-2017 voucher recipients:

1 3300632 Nova Scotia Ltd. Dalhousie
2 Adroit Vista Predictions Inc. Acadia
1 Allendale Technologies Ltd. Dalhousie
1 Annapolis Cider Company Acadia
2 Aramax IP Services Ltd. Dalhousie
2 Atlantic Hardchrome Dalhousie
1 Big Spruce Brewing St. FX
1 Bionovations (3284498 Nova Scotia Ltd.) Université Sainte-Anne
1 Bitness (MicroCent Technologies Inc.) Dalhousie
1 blue C designs Inc. NSCC
2 Boondoc Technologies Inc. SMU
1 BrightLeaf Canada Inc. CBU
1 C & K Seafoods Université Sainte-Anne
1 Cellufuel Inc. Dalhousie
1 Classic Frozen Foods Ltd. MSVU
1 Coconut Goodness Food Products Inc. Dalhousie
1 Coldstream Clear Distillery Ltd. Dalhousie
2 Copernicus Studios Inc. Dalhousie
1 Copol International Ltd. CBU
1 Densitas Inc. Dalhousie
2 DMF Medical Inc. NSCAD
2 Eel Lake Oyster Farm Ltd. Université Sainte-Anne
1 Finleaf Technologies Inc. Acadia
1 Fundy Language Analytics Inc. Acadia
1 Genair8 Technologies Inc. St. FX
1 Geoforce Group Ltd. Dalhousie
1 Health Outcomes Worldwide Inc. CBU
2 Heritage Memorials Ltd. Acadia
2 Hutchinson Acres Inc. Acadia
1 Innovations For Golf Shoes by DAC St. FX
1 Jetasonic Technologies Inc. Dalhousie
1 Luna Ocean Consulting Ltd. Acadia
2 Machina Metrica SMU
1 Manzer Apiary Inc. Acadia
1 Minas Seed Cooperative Ltd. Dalhousie
1 Minute88 Inc. Dalhousie
1 Nature's Way Canada Ltd. Dalhousie
1 North River Fish Farms Ltd. Dalhousie
2 NovaEel Inc. Dalhousie
2 Novagreen East Inc. Acadia
1 Ocean Pride Fisheries Ltd. Dalhousie
2 Ocean Sonics Ltd. Acadia
1 PACTA Inc. Acadia
2 PhotoDynamic Inc. Dalhousie
1 SATELLIGENT Telemetry Solutions Inc. Dalhousie
1 Saulnierville Trawlers Ltd. Acadia
1 Sawler Gardens Ltd. Acadia
1 Scotia MD Engineering Inc. Dalhousie
1 Scotia Weather Services Inc. Dalhousie
2 SHM Canada Consulting Ltd. Dalhousie
2 SimplyCast Interactive Marketing Ltd. SMU
1 Southwest Eco-Energy Ltd. CBU
1 Spring Loaded Technology Dalhousie
2 Surrette Battery Company Ltd. Dalhousie
1 Waycobah Contracting Inc. St. FX
1 WoodsCamp Technologies Inc. Acadia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 15, 2016