Supporting people to sponsor refugees to Nova Scotia
The Refugee Sponsorship Program at ISANS supports people living in Nova Scotia to sponsor refugees.
A refugee is someone who has a well founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside of their country of origin, and due to that fear is unable or unwilling to return.
In private refugee sponsorship, sponsors provide all material and financial support for the refugee, as well as orientation, settlement and emotional support for one year after the refugee’s arrival in Nova Scotia.
The Refugee Sponsorship Program at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia offers support to:
Individuals living in Nova Scotia who are looking to sponsor their relatives or friends who are refugees; these individuals must be able to provide the refugees with financial and settlement support for one year
Groups (community, neighbourhood, friends, faith) who are interested in helping to sponsor refugees (known or unknown to them)
For more information please contact:
Coordinator, Refugee Sponsorship
Please note we are unable to accept unsolicited applications for permanent residence from refugees overseas.
General information on the different types of private refugee sponsorship, as well as current country conditions, can be found on the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program website: www.rstp.ca.
Watch: Information Session on Private Refugee Sponsorship
Watch: Approaches to Settlement
Refugee Sponsorship in Nova Scotia – Information Package – September 2015 – This Information Package will help you understand the process and commitment of Private Refugee Sponsorship
- Frequently Asked Questions about Private Refugee Sponsorship
- Code of Ethics – Refugee Settlement
- Healthcare & Privately Sponsored Refugees
- Interpretation & Privately Sponsored Refugees
- Myths About Refugees
- Tips For Welcoming Refugees
- Syrian Fact Sheet
- Settlement Guide for Family-linked Sponsors – updated May 2016
- Settlement Guide for Groups
- Important Information and Things to Do Upon the Arrival of a Refugee Family – BVOR (Blended) Program – Private Sponsorship Constituent Groups (CG)
- Sponsorship groups wishing to contact Nova Scotia Power when setting up apartments for refugee families can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. If groups apply in their name (before the refugees arrive) they will be responsible for the cost until the new immigrants take the account over.
- Teaching and Learning Resources – ISANS English language resources
- Becoming a Community Sponsor webinar
- Group of Five Refugee Sponsorship webinar
What you can do to help
- Beyond the Core Group – What people outside of a core private sponsorship group can do to help
- Furniture and Equipment “Wish List” for Sponsored Family
- Community Resources Available Outside HRM & Privately Sponsored Refugees
- Refugee Sponsorship – Online Resources
- Community Resources & Tips for Tutoring English – from Language Assessment Services Nova Scotia