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

Mi’kmaq History Month 2021

By vmartin | September 29, 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 Treaty People, we will reflect…

Supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees in Nova Scotia

By vmartin | September 8, 2021

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 to Nova Scotia. We will…

Everyone contributes to building a stronger and brighter Canada

By vmartin | September 8, 2021

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 retire than enter the workforce.…

ISANS COVID-19 Response Research Report

By ISANS Communications | July 29, 2021

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 (, Summer Fox, Dalhousie University, and Nabiha Atallah, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in coordination with the ISANS project steering committee. The…

Pathways to Purpose – ISANS Annual Report 2020/2021

By ISANS Communications | June 24, 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

By ISANS Communications | June 23, 2021

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 integrate successfully into the community.…

National Indigenous Peoples Day

By ISANS Communications | June 21, 2021

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 unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples…

ISANS Celebrates World Refugee Day

By ISANS Communications | June 20, 2021

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, 2018, marked my first day…

ISANS Resuming In-Person Services June 21st

By ISANS Communications | June 17, 2021

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 try to keep the pandemic…

Join Us For Our Annual General Meeting

By ISANS Communications | June 15, 2021

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 through challenging times. In the…