New Name, Same Great Services

Moving forward, our organization will now be known as Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, or ISANS. Though our name has changed, the essence of our organization remains the same: We are dedicated to welcoming and supporting immigrants to Nova Scotia. We believe that helping immigrants build their future here … Read more

Young Immigrant Women’s Leadership Participants Receive Grant

A project by a group of women from the Young Immigrant Women’s Leadership Program received a grant from the Halifax Community Health Board’s Community Development Fund this weekend. Their project will deliver a series of workshops related to mental health, and provide general health and wellness information for immigrant girls … Read more

More Immigration or Bust

Originally published in the Sept. 2013 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal, by Fred Morley Economic development professionals are always looking for an edge for their community ­–– something that will help them out-compete their neighbours.  Smart communities have figured out that immigrants can give them that edge over … Read more

photo by Jennifer Henderson/CBC

Provincial Government Immigration Announcements

Yesterday the Government of Nova Scotia made two announcements about immigration: The Creation of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council The Premier announced that Wadih Fares and Colin Dodds will be joint chairs of the council. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is very pleased with this announcement. These two leaders … Read more

Halifax refugee families farming in the heart of the city

HALIFAX CBC News, August 25 2014 Refugees accustomed to growing their own food in their home countries are finding garden space in their newly adopted Halifax neighbourhood. This summer the Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services is helping seed the fourth garden in four years. The Mosaic Ministries, an independent church … Read more

Celebrating Canadian Citizenship

To celebrate Canada Day the Toronto Star profiled 10 naturalized citizens,  representing 10 different countries. Some were refugees; others came as immigrants. Some have been here for decades; others are newly arrived.  But they all share a common love for the freedom Canada has guaranteed them and the security their citizenship … Read more

Resilience & Resettlement: Stories of Refugees in Nova Scotia

We are proud to announce the launch of Resilience & Resettlement: Stories of Refugees in Nova Scotia. This booklet is a collection of 15 stories of individuals and families that have come to make Nova Scotia their home. We want to thank everyone who contributed to the book – with … Read more

June 20: Walk with Refugees and Book Launch!

Please join us on World Refugee Day, Friday, June 20 for the launch of Resilience & Resettlement: Stories of Refugees in Nova Scotia. The launch will take place at Halifax City Hall from 3:00 – 4:30pm. Following the book launch we will take part in the nation wide Walk with Refugees for a Stronger Canada. We will depart Grand Parade at 4:30 and make our way along the waterfront to Pier 21…

June is National Aboriginal History Month

In June, Canadians celebrate National Aboriginal History Month, an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nations peoples in Canada. June has long been a month of celebration and remembrance in Canada, with National Aboriginal Day on the 21st, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on the 24th, and Multiculturalism Day … Read more

New Immigration Pathway Created for International Students

News Release: Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, June 6, 2014

International graduates now have a route to immigrate to Nova Scotia after changes to the Provincial Nominee Program.

Beginning today, June 6, an international graduate from a Canadian college or university, with a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer, can apply for permanent residency through the nominee program’s Skilled Worker stream.

“This is great news for international students like me who will graduate soon and will be considering their options for what comes next,” said Durgesh Singh, NSCC construction management technology student…

Expanding the Vision

Why Nova Scotia Should Look Beyond Econocentric Immigration Policy

Authors: Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Howard Ramos. Nova Scotia’s immigration policy to-date has largely fallen into step with other governments (federal and provincial) by banking on the purported benefits of economic migrants and using an econocentric model to inform its policies. Immigration in Nova Scotia has been seen as a solution to an aging population and weak economy, but with the recent release of the Ivany report there is the potential for a different approach to the current econocentric immigration policy…