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Supporting immigrants in your community – What can residents do?

 

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Find all the information found on this page here as a downloadable resource.

Please find the Immigrants Build a Strong Canada Election Card here.

About Immigration

  • Learn more about immigration
  • Diversify your news sources
  • Learn a new language
  • Attend a Diversity workshop or a training on Inter-Cultural Awareness
    • Check out ISANS’ one day introductory Building Intercultural Competence workshop here.
    • Check out ISANS’ train-the trainer Welcome Ambassador Program here.

Welcome and get to know newcomers

Take a lead in your community

Check out Promising Practices

Partnering with local libraries – Pictou and Antigonish are cited as examples in the toolkit “Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees to Canada: The Role of Municipalities – Toolkit for Inclusive Municipalities in Canada and Beyond” (2019, page 19)

Municipalities around Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities is a collective voice for Nova Scotia’s 49 municipalities. For more information regarding your municipality, please visit their membership directory here.

Halifax Libraries

  • Know your Vote
    • Know Your Vote at Halifax Public Libraries is a collection of information to support you in preparing for the 2020 Halifax municipal election. Click on the boxes below to get informed, and be prepared to tick the boxes on Election Day.

Issues for Immigration at Municipal Level

Housing:

  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Rental accommodations for large families

Transportation

  • Public transportation services
  • Options for those with mobility issues

Community Resources

  • Immigrant support services
  • Cultural and religious community supports
  • Policies and programs that build welcoming and diverse communities

Permanent resident voting rights in municipal elections:

  • Proposed by Halifax Regional Council , waiting for provincial government response

http://legacycontent.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/141202ca1133.pdf

http://legacycontent.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/documents/151110ca1142.pdf

Federal Policies for Immigration at Municipal Level

New Municipal Nominee Program

From the Federal Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Mandate Letter for the Honourable Marco Mendicino

Introduce a Municipal Nominee Program that will allow local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated for this program.

Read the full mandate letter here.

From Canadian Liberal Party Platform 2019: Municipal Nominee Program

We will make it easier for communities to welcome the workers they need most.

While immigration benefits Canada as a whole, not every community – including those experiencing serious labour shortages – is able to make the most of the contributions new Canadians can bring.

To make sure that communities of all sizes are better able to attract and support new Canadians, we will more forward with a Municipal Nominee Program. This program will allow local communities, chambers of commerce, and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants.

Read the full platform here.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The pilot helps employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate.

In Nova Scotia 1,150 companies are designated under the pilot from various sectors – food and hospitality, truck drivers, education, health care, computer programmers and fish and seafood are participating in the pilot, with a 60/40 split between Halifax and other areas of the province.

Read more about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot here:

From the Federal Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada Mandate Letter for the Honourable Marco Mendicino

You will also take the steps required to make the Atlantic Immigration Pilot permanent. At least 5,000 new spaces will be dedicated for this program.

Read the full mandate letter here.