2021 Private Sponsorship Applications Now Open

Today, October 20th, 2021, ISANS will open our online Private Refugee Sponsorship selection process for our 2021 allocation from Immigration, Citizenship & Refugees Canada (IRCC). In order to qualify for private refugee sponsorship with ISANS you have to meet admissibility, residency and viability of sponsorship selection criteria and requirements as … Read more

Small Business Week 2021

BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 42 years. Every year, close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network, and celebrate the people building businesses across the country. At ISANS, we recognize the positive impact … Read more

Mi’kmaq History Month 2021

In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. This year, we reflect on the theme treaty, chosen by the Mi’kmaq History Month committee. Focusing on relationships and the notion that We are All … Read more

Supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees in Nova Scotia

The news from Afghanistan is heartbreaking.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and settlement agencies across Canada are responding to this evolving and tragic situation and are supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees to Canada. ISANS, as a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provider, is involved in this work and we are preparing for arrivals … Read more

Everyone Contributes

Everyone contributes to building a stronger and brighter Canada

As we get ready to vote on September 20th, let’s remind ourselves how immigrants and refugees contribute to building a stronger and brighter Canada. Everyone Contributes Everyone contributes, regardless of the immigration stream by which they enter Canada. Immigration helps stem our employment gap across the country as more people … Read more

ISANS COVID-19 Response Research Report

ISANS is pleased to announce its latest research project completed through a participatory research approach to explore our organization’s response to COVID-19. The report was drafted by Howard Ramos, Western University (howard.ramos@uwo.ca), Summer Fox, Dalhousie University, and Nabiha Atallah, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in coordination with the … Read more

Pathways to Purpose – ISANS Annual Report 2020/2021

If there’s one thing we have learned this past year – a year of overwhelming challenge, social upheaval, and collective uncertainty – it’s that living our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, innovation, and accountability will guide us through.

Craig Bannon named the recipient of 2021 ISANS Award

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is pleased to announce Craig Bannon as the recipient of this year’s ISANS Award. The ISANS Award recognizes an individual, community group, business, or employer who has demonstrated exceptional and innovative efforts in welcoming immigrants to Nova Scotia and in assisting them to … Read more

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.   It is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, discover the … Read more

ISANS Celebrates World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. To mark the day, we celebrate the countless contributions former refugees bring to our communities, while building empathy and understanding to what it means to be a refugee. Jeannette and Mohammad have kindly offered to share their stories with us. Jeannette’s Story “On February 20th, … Read more

ISANS Resuming In-Person Services June 21st

As a community, we have done great work at keeping the COVID numbers down and all of us need to continue to follow public health protocols to maintain these positive trends.  The importance of social distancing, masks, hand washing, and staying home if not feeling well is critical as we … Read more

Join Us For Our Annual General Meeting

You’re Invited! Join us for our virtual AGM and the presentation of this year’s ISANS Award, Wednesday, June 23 at 3:00 pm on Zoom. If there’s one thing we have learned this past year it’s that living our values of diversity, inclusion, respect, collaboration, innovation and accountability will guide us … Read more