Build your future here with ISANS

Last year, ISANS worked with over 10,000 clients to build a future in Nova Scotia. At ISANS, we help you find your pathway to possibility.

Top Three Reasons to Use ISANS Business Support Services

ISANS Business Services has a dedicated team of business professionals to help you understand what you need to know to start or grow your business in Nova Scotia. We connect you to the community and provide resources and tools to help you build a successful business.

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Guidance from start-up and beyond

We provide you with guidance on registering your business and completing your taxes to hiring your next employee. Our business councillors will help take the mystery out of starting a business in Nova Scotia.

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Connect with the Business Community

We provide connections to the business community to enable you to buy or sell a business, get free expert advice from legal and accounting firms, and build your networks.

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Unique Programs for Unique Journeys

ISANS offers unique programs for specific groups of immigrants who would like to explore starting a business in Nova Scotia. This includes visible minority women to incubator opportunities to sell your products in the local market as you move towards fully realizing your business dreams.

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Check out all the programs and services that our language team has to offer in your journey to build your future in Nova Scotia.

Impact Stories

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ISANS provides settlement and integration programs and services to immigrants who are in or destined for communities across Nova Scotia. Through our programs and services, we help immigrants build a future in Nova Scotia.

As the front door to many of Nova Scotia’s immigrants, we seek to create a community where all can belong and grow, building a stronger Nova Scotia and Canada for all.


Latest Updates From ISANS

Join us on Saturday, September 26 at Halifax Brewery Market

Our Bridge to Entrepreneurship program, funded by IRCC, helps entrepreneurial permanent residents and refugees who...

Meet Anthea Taljaard (Van Der Pluym)

Anthea has been a Business and Workforce Integration client at ISANS since May 2020 and...

Latest Update and Events from the Do Business Team

ISANS Story: Over 250 Immigrant Youth in Need Receive Soccer Gear

By vmartin | January 11, 2022

2021 was a big year, which has us excited for the year ahead. Times are undoubtedly hard, but for us, focusing on the generosity of our incredible partners and the positive impacts they have on our communities is what inspires us to keep going. A great example of just such an impact is the story…

ISANS Virtual Open House 2021

By vmartin | December 6, 2021

Message from Jennifer Watts, CEO of ISANS Welcome to the 2nd year of our Virtual Open House!  We miss seeing you in person but are excited to share with you the great work and partnerships we have been engaged with over this past year.  This year’s theme of “Pathways to Purpose” speaks to our commitment…

ISANS celebrates 10 years as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)

By vmartin | December 1, 2021

To celebrate a decade as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), we are sharing 10 facts about our work as a SAH the past 10 years. Did you know ISANS is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)? A Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) is an incorporated organization that has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Minister of Immigration,…

2021 Private Sponsorship Applications Now Open

By ISANS Communications | November 23, 2021

UPDATE 11/23: We are adding an information session that will be held in person at ISANS Mumford. Please note that in consideration of classroom capacity, we are only able to accommodate 43 attendees. You must register via this link until December 7th to attend. The upcoming sessions are scheduled as follows: Monday, December 6, 2021…

ISANS’ Early Childhood Education Online: Building a Better World for Children, One Paper School Bus at a Time

By Candice Albirght | November 9, 2021

Every November 20th since 1954, World Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide to promote international togetherness and awareness among children, and to improve children’s welfare. “World Children’s Day,” the UN explains, “offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world…

National Francophone Immigration Week – Semaine nationale de l’immigration francophone 2021

By vmartin | November 8, 2021

From November 7 to 13, we are celebrating the 9th edition of National Francophone Immigration Week! “Let’s celebrate, savour and discover with an open mind!” This year’s theme is «Une francophonie aux mille saveurs», the thousand flavours of la francophonie. Beyond reminding us of the diversity of the rich Francophone cuisines and tastes, it is…

Calling all Web Developers and Vendors! Request for Proposals: ISANS Business Hub Website

By Candice Albirght | November 2, 2021

Our Business & Workforce Integration (BWI) team is looking to build a new website – the ISANS Business Hub – to strengthen support for our business clients through an enhanced online presence. Our goal is to connect clients and partners with the resources they need to collaborate, network, and succeed. The website will provide space…

ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards 2021

By vmartin | October 29, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards. Presentation of the awards took place virtually and in person at our Small Business Week event on October 20th at the Halifax Public Library. The recipients and honorable mentions are the following for each award categories: Innovative Business of the Year…

2021 Private Sponsorship Applications Now Open

By ISANS Communications | October 20, 2021

UPDATE 10/27: We have reopened the interest form as of October 27, 2021. Please visit this link to start your application. If you have previously answered this form prior to October 26, you must restart your application. We are extending the deadline to January 15, 2022. We will be holding two information sessions to answer…

Small Business Week 2021

By vmartin | October 19, 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 immigrant small businesses have made…