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23
MAR
2017

Automotive Course, Training Provides Syrian Refugee with New Start

ISANS teams up with Nova Scotia Community College to provide customized training to new Canadians. It’s been a trying journey, but after fleeing Syria and spending five years in Jordan, 21-year-old Fadi Almouazzen has settled in Canada with his family and found a career path he...
05
DEC
2016

One year later, Syrian refugees search for employment

by Kayla Hounsell, CTV Atlantic. As Syrain newcomers lose federal funding, there are questions over how many will rely on provincial assistance. Watch the video…
03
AUG
2016

Program provides missing link between language skills, skilled trades

By Moira Donovan, CBC News, 03 August 2016.  With over 20 years of experience as a mechanic in three countries, there isn’t much about working on cars that Mohamad Malli doesn’t know. But since he arrived in Nova Scotia in January, the language barrier was one problem...
12
JUL
2016
Thalal Khalaf, a new Canadian from Syria, is repairing a car at MacPhee autoshop in Dartmouth Monday

Bridge to Work program matches newcomers to Canada with jobs

by Laura Whitman, Chronicle Herald, 11 July 2016.  Sometimes it’s a long road from one job to the next. For auto mechanic Bala Khalas, it’s led from a garage in Jordan to a car dealership in Dartmouth. Khalas is one of four recent immigrants who have just gone through the Bridge...
18
MAY
2016

Immigrant Youth Employability Project

Education, career, job and hope for the future – that’s what immigrant youth expect and deserve! Are you an immigrant youth (between the age of 15 and 30)? Is your language level CLB 4+? Are you out of school and wondering: WHAT NEXT? Are you looking for an opportunity to...
09
MAR
2016

Prince George Hotel recognized for their work with refugees

News Release – March 9, 2016—Halifax, NS – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum today congratulated the Prince George Hotel as one of the winners of the 2016 Employer Awards for Refugee Employment for their outstanding efforts to help refugees settle...
03
MAR
2016
Dal Dental students

Translating the Language of Oral Healthcare

by Cheryl Bell, Dalhousie News, 26 February 2016.  Deo Butoyi slips into the Monday evening clinic at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry quietly, and matter-of-factly takes his place in the dental chair. He is wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and sneakers. He pulls on the blue...
14
DEC
2015
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Light House Now – Editorial: How do we raise the level for everyone?

by Dave Stephens, Light House Now, 9 December 2015. Most of us need no further convincing that it’s important for Nova Scotia to do its part to welcome refugees fleeing the disaster that Syria has become. Not everyone agrees with that. People worry that we’re bringing...
03
NOV
2015

Partners for Learning

A recent partnership between ISANS and Dalhousie School of Occupational Therapy created a great learning opportunity. 13 new residents to Canada who are enrolled in Communication for Healthcare Professionals were interviewed by Dalhousie occupational therapy students who were...
10
SEP
2015

First Immigrants career, education, and settlement fair in Halifax

By Ray Bradshaw – Global News Halifax The migrant crisis in Europe has focused on the need and efforts to bring more newcomers to Canada, but for those arriving on our shores, it can be a challenge dealing with not only the language and culture, but the systems designed to...
02
JUL
2015

Engineering Work-based Competency Assessment Program

Do you want to gain local engineering work experience?  Do you need to build your engineering network in Nova Scotia?  Do you want to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to a potential engineering employer? If you have education and experience in an engineering discipline, and...
24
JUN
2015

Moving-up Underemployed Immigrant Professional Women

Research by Immigrant Women Organizing for Change: Integration and Community Development found that “even though many immigrant women are employed, their employment is often not commensurate with their educational and prior professional background.” The two year Moving Up...
19
JUN
2015

Clinical Review Program for IMGs

The Clinical Skill Review Program for the preparation of NAC OSCE, and MCCQE2 will be starting in July. Practicing physicians who are currently in the faculty at Dalhousie University will be facilitating these sessions with the help of professional simulated patients. New cases...
16
APR
2015

The Mentoring Partnership

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we want to take a moment to tell you more about one of our volunteer roles: the Professional Mentor. As a mentor, you not only help an new Canadian, you have an opportunity to learn from the relationship and develop your professional...
17
MAR
2015

Ahmed’s story: How making connections at Capital Health helped him secure employment in Canada

From Capital Health – Monday, March 16 2015 – By Brooke Stephen. Securing employment in the health care industry in Canada as an immigrant is a daunting task. When Ahmed Almashharawi arrived in Halifax from Palestine in 2010 with the goal of working as an x-ray...
16
MAR
2015

New project will expand economic opportunities for immigrant women in Nova Scotia

March 16, 2015 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Status of Women Canada The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today announced Government of Canada funding for a new project to increase economic opportunities for immigrant women...
21
OCT
2014

Successful Mentoring Partnerships

You’re in a new country and new environment; it’s a very different work culture, with different professional requirements. It’s an overwhelming situation. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have someone to talk to who would be sensitive to your work requirements? Wouldn’t it be great if...
09
OCT
2014

Internationally Educated Engineers Work-based Performance Assessment of Competencies

What Does That Mean? Over the years, employers have told us that the most important consideration when hiring an Internationally Educated Engineer (IEE) is to know what the person can do. In other words, what are their competencies on the job? In order to address this concern we...
09
SEP
2014

CIC Video – Advancing foreign credential recognition

Advancing Foreign Credential Recognition is a promotional video to showcase the International Qualifications Network, or IQN.  It is the product of collective efforts to strengthen immigrant labour market participation and integration, including faster and more efficient foreign...
04
SEP
2014

CIC Video – Language Training for Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has produced a video entitled Language Training for Canada. It is intended to raise newcomer awareness on the importance of official language skills for settlement in Canada. The video is aligned with the content in their settlement guide,...
28
AUG
2014
A new Start

From Iran to Nova Scotia – A New Start

Amir Nafez's journey to realize an ambition of settling his family in Nova Scotia came with more than a few hurdles – he faced recertification training, finding a job, as well as navigating the Canadian work environment and culture.After the professional engineer, his wife...
31
JUL
2014

Labour Market Language

Did you know that 87% of employers insist on a “high level of proficiency” in language? We all need exceptional communication skills and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the workplace. So you may not be surprised to know that employers have identified a...
24
MAR
2014

Hands On Practice Program for Internationally Educated Dentists

This university based-program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to work on adapting your clinical skills to the level of Canadian standards dental practice. The program is also intended to assist you to prepare for the “Assessment of Clinical Skills Examination”. For...
14
MAR
2014

New Program for Internationally Educated Dentists

Are you planning to sit for the Assessment of Clinical Skills Exam with National Dental Examining Board in June 2014? Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia in collaboration with Faculty of Dentistry – Dalhousie University and NS Dental Examining Board will be delivering a...
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