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10
AUG
2016

PLEASE NOTE: 11th Annual Welcome BBQ POSTPONED until 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...
09
AUG
2016

20,000 Government-Assisted Refugees Infographic

In the context of the government’s consultations on immigration levels for 2017-2019, the CCR has prepared an infographic calling for Canada to resettle 20,000 Government-Assisted Refugees a year.
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...
28
JUL
2016

Welcome to Halifax – How we are opening our city to immigrants

By Even Webster, Chronicle Herald, 21 July 2016.  In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, Halifax has proven to be an inclusive, supportive and welcoming city for immigrants. But helping immigrants succeed is about more than just putting a roof over their heads and food on...
28
JUL
2016

Build Your Business Networking Event on the Tall Ship Silva 2016

A little mist and fog didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending the 4th annual Build Your Business on the Tall Ship Silva event! A great night of networking was had by all – connecting ISANS business clients and the business community – as we cruised down to the Arm of...
27
JUL
2016
camping group

28 Syrian refugees go on first camping trip in Nova Scotia

Five Syrian refugee families new to Nova Scotia got a taste of Canadian camping culture at Kejimkujik National Park this past weekend. For some of the families, it was their first camping trip ever. They joined Canadians and immigrants from other countries for the overnight...
18
JUL
2016

The Amazing Private Sponsorship Surge of 2015-16

This year has been an extraordinary year for Private Refugee Sponsorship. Canadians, overwhelmed by the intense media coverage of Syrians fleeing their homes, banded together to sponsor and bring Syrian families to their communities. Now – more than six months later –...
13
JUL
2016

EDITORIAL: A welcome matters for immigration

Chronicle Herald, 11 July 2016.  Despite a small population bump last year, the long-term outlook for Nova Scotia’s growth is far from rosy. Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, both with rapidly aging demographics and a trickle-away population pattern, are particularly...
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...
07
JUL
2016

CBC: Growth strategy for Atlantic provinces includes immigration boost

By Devon Goodsell, CBC News, July 4, 2016 The federal government is partnering with the four premiers in Atlantic Canada to launch a new Atlantic growth strategy aimed at stimulating economic development and increasing job opportunities in the region. The announcement was made at...
24
JUN
2016

Annual Report 2015-16

It’s been An Extraordinary Year and our Annual Report 2015-16 tells the story in full colour. The Syrian Refugee Initiative, the amazing Private Refugee Sponsorship surge, the launch of SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) and the commitment of staff to our programs and...
24
JUN
2016

Seventh Annual ISANS Awards

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the seventh annual ISANS Awards, which were presented at ISANS Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel. The ISANS Awards recognize an individual, community group, business or employer...
22
JUN
2016

Halifax City Council approves Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program

ISANS congratulates Halifax City Council on passing the bylaw to enable the Low Income Transit Pass Pilot Program. Providing support for those with low incomes to use transit will reduce isolation and make it possible for more people to access services around Halifax. They will...
21
JUN
2016

National Aboriginal Day 2016

On June 21 National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years of strong vibrant cultures and traditions. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The...
20
JUN
2016

Today is World Refugee Day

From the UNHCR – Each day war forces thousands of families to flee their homes. People like you, people like me.To escape the violence, they leave everything behind – everything except their hopes and dreams for a safer future. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency believes that all...
20
JUN
2016

Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada 2016

On Saturday, June 18, hundreds of people took part in the Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada to mark World Refugee Day, help raise awareness and put refugee voices up front. Thanks to everyone who came out for the walk, volunteered and gave support. We had a great turnout...
15
JUN
2016

ISANS AGM 2016

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting - Thursday, June 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, featuring the 7th Annual ISANS Awards! This year's AGM will be held at the Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel. Please RSVP to info@isans.ca ...
03
JUN
2016

J & W Murphy Foundation provides funding for EAL Tutor Program

ISANS is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the J & W Murphy Foundation that will provide funding for the next three years to re-establish our very successful English as an Additional Language (EAL) Volunteer Tutor Program.  The EAL Volunteer Tutor Program will link...
26
MAY
2016

Theodore Tugboat’s Big New Job as Welcome Ambassador

Theodore Tugboat, a familiar face on the waterfront, has an important new role as the harbour Welcome Ambassador at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Theodore will help welcome visitors, including new Nova Scotians, to the community and serve as the mascot for the new Welcome...
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...
10
MAY
2016
Tareq Hadhad says many of his family's their new friends in Antigonish are affected by the devastating fire in Fort McMurray. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

Syrian chocolate makers in Antigonish donate profits to Fort McMurray cause

By Carolyn Ray, CBC News – 7 May 2106 Refugee family working to resurrect chocolate-making business lost in Syrian war Antigonish’s first family of Syrian refugees says they’re doing so well with their new chocolate company, they’ll donate their profits in...
10
MAY
2016

Racism: Immigrant Perspectives

May 11, 7pm
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project are pleased to present Part 3 in a four-part series on Racism: White, Black, Indigenous, and Immigrant Perspectives. How and why do the impacts of...
02
MAY
2016

Video Series Launch

As part of the Refugees Welcome Here: Lunch, Launch & Workshop taking place today at the Halifax Central Library in partnership with Amnesty International Canada and Canadian Council for Refugees, we are pleased to announce our Welcome Refugees video series. This series of 5...
29
APR
2016

Mental Health & Wellness Guide

We are pleased to present the Newcomer Community Wellness Project's Guide to Mental Health & Wellness. This is a place for you to find suggestions about how you can support yourself and your family to maintain your mental health and well-being during the process of settling in...