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08
MAR
2017
Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Now Accepting Applications

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project is a new three-year employer-driven immigration program.  The program is designed to address labour gaps that certain sectors in Atlantic Canada are experiencing and to help businesses attract and retain global talent.  The Atlantic...
22
FEB
2017

Remembering Colin MacLean

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Colin MacLean, former ISANS board member, Vice Chair and great supporter of ISANS, has passed away after a lengthy illness. Colin was a board member of MISA when MISA and HILC merged in 2009 and was one of the biggest...
08
FEB
2017

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

From the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration: The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a creative approach to addressing our labour market challenges. Starting in March 2017, employers in Nova Scotia will be able to use the Pilot to hire foreign workers. Eligibility Employers looking to...
08
FEB
2017

Passing the Torch: African Nova Scotians and the Next 150

The 2017 African Heritage Month theme honours past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness.  Embracing the struggle and adversity that African Nova Scotians endured over the generations, the theme highlights their successes and...
01
FEB
2017

Response to Quebec City Attack

All of us at ISANS are shocked and deeply saddened and would like to express our  heartfelt sympathy to all our Muslim brothers and sisters after the attack on innocent worshippers in the mosque in Quebec. This was an attack on all of us who believe in the value of each member of...
19
JAN
2017

A Thank You to Nova Scotians & Update on Welcoming Syrian Refugees to our Communities

Please Join us at the Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall, on Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-8:30pm ISANS would like to acknowledge the many ways in which Nova Scotians are supporting Syrians and helping them feel at home. We will also provide an update and some new...
16
JAN
2017

Syrian family puts down Halifax roots

by Amanda Panacci, Chronicle Herald, 12 January 2017. The Alnaasan family’s house was levelled by bombs in Syria’s ongoing civil war but they’ve spent the last year creating a new home in Halifax. Abdulbaset Alnaasan, Maisoun Aljaber and their seven children arrived at Halifax...
03
JAN
2017

Refugee Children Find Place to Belong in Taekwondo

By Stephen Puddicombe, CBC News, 29 December 2016.  Amer Turkmani beams as he watches his five children twist, punch and kick pads at Chimo Taekwondo in Halifax. The children are just a few of the 60 or so young Syrian refugees who have signed up to study the Korean martial art...
20
DEC
2016
Gerry Mills on Global Halifax

Video: Gerry Mills on Global Halifax

Global Halifax 2016 Top Stories – In day two of 2016’s top stories Paul and Andrea of Global Halifax sit down with Gerry Mills from ISANS for a recap of the refugee resettlement in the last year.
19
DEC
2016

ISANS Holiday Hours

Please be advised, ISANS offices are closed on the following dates:
  • Monday, December 26
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Monday, January 2
We are otherwise open for regular hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.Thank you.
12
DEC
2016

ISANS Receives NS Human Rights Award

From the Human Rights Commission, 10 December 2016. Recipients of the 2016 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were honoured at a ceremony December 10 at the Halifax Central Library. December 10 is the United Nations’ International Human Rights Day. Each year the Nova Scotia...
07
DEC
2016

Government of Canada delivering faster processing and shorter wait times for spousal reunification

News Release – Government of Canada – December 7, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees...
02
DEC
2016

Peace By Chocolate wins $20,000 prize at Now! Nova Scotia Awards

A fast-growing family business founded by Syrian refugees in an Antigonish backyard last spring picked up the $20,000 cash prize at last night’s inaugural Chronicle Herald Now! Nova Scotia Make Good News Awards. On hand to collect the cheque, Peace by Chocolate owner-operator...
29
NOV
2016
Gerry Mills

NowNS: Immigrant Services Association plays part in growing Nova Scotia

by Heather Laura Clark, Chronicle Herald.  The night Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, NovaScotiaStart.ca crashed, right around the time Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s site did. ISANS executive director Gerry Mills says she’s not sure how many U.S. citizens...
17
NOV
2016

We Need Your Input!

ISANS Strategic Plan: Help Us Prepare for the Next 5 Years

ISANS is developing a new strategic plan. We are gathering information from many stakeholders to help us prepare for the next 5 years. We are excited about focusing our work and resources and we welcome your...
16
NOV
2016

Toronto medical student who fled war pays it forward giving Syrian refugees gift of sight

By Shanifa Nasser, CBC News, 13 November 2016.  When Tarek Bin Yameen looks into the eyes of young Syrian refugees, he sees himself. Today he’s a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto, but he wasn’t always so lucky. Bin Yameen spent the first half...
17
OCT
2016

Rebuilding their future in Antigonish

by Zane Denoncourt, The Chronicle Herald, 16 October 2016.  “Being here in Canada, in Nova Scotia, in Antigonish, gives us hope,” says Rabiaa Al Zhouri, the matriarch of the Al Zhouri family who arrived in Antigonish from Lebanon earlier this year. The family had been living as...
13
OCT
2016

Citizenship Week – October 10-16, 2016

In the past 10 years, Canada has welcomed over 1,500,000 proud new Canadians. Each year, in October, we take a week to reflect on and celebrate the rights and responsibilities all Canadians citizens share. Citizenship Week is a great opportunity to welcome new Canadians. Attend a...
11
OCT
2016

Share Thanksgiving program matches dinner hosts with new Canadian guests

A new Thanksgiving tradition pairs recent immigrants with local families who host a traditional dinner. People who want to host a meal simply sign up on the Share Thanksgiving website, and organizers make a match. Listen to a clip from CBC News’ Blair Sanderson:
05
OCT
2016

Rich countries are doing less than poor countries to help refugees, Amnesty says

by Avi Davis, France 24, 4 October 2016.  A report released Tuesday by Amnesty International accuses rich countries of doing less than their fair share for the world’s refugees while poorer countries are overburdened, with 86% of all refugees currently sheltered in developing...
19
SEP
2016

Infographic: Refugee myths busted! Choosing facts over fear

From the Canadian Council for Refugees - Check out 9 myths about the world's refugees and the truth behind them. Myth 1: Most refugees are in Western countries. Truth: the vast majority of the world's refugees are in the Global South...
19
SEP
2016

11th Annual Welcome BBQ September 24

Free family event with entertainment, games, food and music! Free BBQ while supplies last. Bringing newcomers and current residents together to build relationships and make connections...
06
SEP
2016
Waiting to be let in. (Reuters/Ali Hashisho)

A year after Aylan Kurdi’s death, many countries are still failing in their promises to help refugees

By Aamna Mohdin, Quartz, 05 September 2016. The Syrian civil war has raged on with no clear end in sight. The conflict, now in its sixth year, has resulted in a record displacement of millions of Syrians. By sheer geographic luck, some of the world’s biggest economies have been...
31
AUG
2016

CTV: New Life, New Home

ISANS Executive Director Gerry Mills was interviewed on CTV News about how Syrians are settling in Nova Scotia. The interview starts at the 32:35 minute mark - watch...