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

Fostering Immigrant Women-Owned Businesses

Did you know that ISANS has a free 10-week program to help immigrant women entrepreneurs...

Small Business Week – ISANS Celebrates Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Join us today, October 21, from 4 pm to 6 pm for an exciting Zoom...

Immigrants Success Stories Series – Shivani Dhamija

Shivani immigrated to Canada in 2011 and was unable to find a job in her...

Latest Update and Events from the Do Business Team

Celebrate African Heritage Month 2020

By ISANS Communications | February 1, 2020

Each February, African Heritage Month honours the legacy of Black Canadians.  The theme of this year’s African Heritage Month is “Ties that Bind: Faith, Family and Community,” which acknowledges the essential traits that sustain the strength, resiliency, and togetherness of the African Nova Scotian community. Falling under the “Recognition” pillar of the International Decade for…

Call for Nominations – ISANS Board of Directors

By ISANS Communications | January 2, 2020

Do you want to help shape the future of Nova Scotia? Join ISANS Board of Directors today! Apply now. ISANS is a leading not-for-profit organization in Atlantic Canada. We provide a wide range of services to immigrants, including settlement, language training, employment assistance, business and family counselling, and child care. Our 300+ staff serve 9,000+…

Immigration numbers growing under pilot

By dev_3i45vs | May 8, 2018

Interest in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program in Nova Scotia has more than doubled in the past six months. According to data provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Immigration, as of April 30 the province had designated 406 employers and endorsed 448 candidates through the pilot program since it launched in March 2017. So far in 2018, 247 new candidates have been endorsed.

January is Mentoring Month! Learn about Mentorship through ISANS

By ISANS Communications | January 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered about becoming a mentor? Look no further because our Professional Mentorship Program offers an enriching experience for you to share your skills and expertise. We match locally established professionals with internationally-trained immigrants and newcomers. Mentors provide insights, advice, connections, moral support and guidance on networking and breaking into the job market…

ISANS shares knowledge

By ISANS Communications | November 23, 2017

By Heather Brimicombe, The Advocate, November 22, 2017.  Employers in Pictou County got the chance to learn more about how to welcome others into their workplace with the help of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Works: Career Connections worked over the past three weeks to set up the event that saw an…

Investing in talent from abroad pays off

By ISANS Communications | September 19, 2017

Immigrants from across the globe bring skills and work ethic to Nova Scotian businesses
As most of you may know, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 2,500 Syrian refugees in 2016. By accepting these refugees, our province took on the responsibility of creating a foundation for each of these families to grow — the two pillars for this foundation are education and employment…

The Mentoring Partnership

By ISANS Communications | April 16, 2015

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we want to take a moment to tell you more about one of our volunteer roles: the Professional Mentor. As a mentor, you not only help an new Canadian, you have an opportunity to learn from the relationship and develop your professional skills. You share insight into the Canadian workplace…