Gerry Mills awarded the Metropolis Service Provider Award at the 21 National Metropolis Conference

The Metropolis Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions to the field of immigration and settlement in Canada. These national awards intend to establish a benchmark of achievement and excellence, bringing pride and peer acknowledgment to the deserving recipients. Gerry Mills, ISANS former executive director, is the recipient of … Read more

Metropolis 2019: Blog

The National Metropolis Conference is Canada’s largest annual gathering of immigration practitioners. Hundreds of researchers, service providers, and policymakers have flocked to Halifax to attend the conference entitled Doing Immigration Differently.  Nearly 1,000 participants will take part in the three-day conference, sharing new findings, identifying best practices and showcasing new … Read more

New resource for internationally educated teachers provides orientation to teaching in Nova Scotia

A new website, created to provide internationally educated teachers with comprehensive information and orientation to the education system in Nova Scotia, launched Thursday, February 28, 2019. Teach-in-NovaScotia.ca offers contextual awareness for internationally educated teachers, for preparation for certification, to increase success on the job, and/or to assist with alternative career … Read more

Crisis Supports & Resources

We encourage all Nova Scotians to connect with newcomers in their community and offer support in this difficult time and beyond. We also want to provide a list of resources available through ISANS and community partners to support anyone going through crisis or helping someone else cope. What supports does … Read more

Spryfield Tragedy

With great sadness, we inform the greater ISANS community that a tragic house fire took the lives of seven children in a newcomer family in Spryfield on Tuesday. Our deepest condolences go to the family members and the community. ISANS is providing support to the family, as well as clients … Read more

CBC News: Now recruiting – Nova Scotia starts testing foreign-trained family doctors

By Carolyn Ray, CBC News, 8 February 2019.
Nova Scotia has reopened its doors to family physicians trained in other countries in a move that could help cut down on the province’s lengthy wait list for a doctor. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has begun to screen applications for a long-awaited program that will allow foreign-trained doctors to prove they possess the clinical skills and knowledge to work in the province.

“I’m excited,” said Dr. Fiona Bergin, clinical director of the Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program, which is being run by Dalhousie University in Halifax.

“I’m very hopeful that we’ll be able to contribute to the need for family physicians in the province.”

ISANS announces the continuation of Settlement Online Pre-Arrival program through $13.1 million in funding from IRCC

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced $13.1 million dollars in funding for ISANS to continue its Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program. This groundbreaking program developed and overseen by ISANS ensures that immigrants arrive prepared for their new life in Canada.

“Our mission is to help immigrants build a future in Nova Scotia. This funding will allow us to better prepare newcomers for their arrival in Canada through SOPA’s expanded pre-arrival services, alleviating some of the stresses associated with the settlement process,” says Jennifer Watts, CEO of ISANS…