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

Bridging the Gap for Internationally Educated Early Childhood Educators (IE ECEs)

By ISANS Communications | June 9, 2021

There is a strong labour market demand for early childhood educators (ECEs) in Nova Scotia. Yet, immigrant job seekers – despite their desire and ability to contribute to this sector – are not able to help address this demand. Many newcomers who are trained, experienced, or interested in working in the early childhood education (ECE)…

Statement on the Deadly Attack in London, ON

By ISANS Communications | June 8, 2021

The ISANS community is heartbroken by the hate-fueled attack against a Muslim family in London, Ontario that has shaken the Muslim community across the country to its core. We extend our condolences to the family and community members. To counter the destabilizing feelings these attacks can sow, ISANS will continue to strive to build a…

ISANS Certified as an Accredited Testing Centre

By ISANS Communications | June 3, 2021

ISANS is now an accredited language test centre for the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) and the Canadian Academic English Language Computer Edition (CAEL CE) tests. Proof of English and/or French language proficiency can be a requirement for education, regulated professions, immigration applications, and Canadian Citizenship. As Nova Scotia welcomes more immigrants, the…

Statement on the 215 Children Discovered at the Former Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia

By ISANS Communications | June 1, 2021

We acknowledge we are on unceded traditional Mi’kmaq territory and we are grateful for the Peace and Friendship treaties. At ISANS, as we work to settle newcomers to Nova Scotia, we honour and respect the Indigenous people of this land. The ISANS Community joins many others who are devastated to hear of the news of…

ISANS Interpreters: An Essential Workforce!

By ISANS Communications | May 26, 2021

Language interpretation is an essential service for many newcomers, especially for those with limited English language proficiency. In the past year, ISANS interpreters enabled 750 newcomers to access and engage in services essential to their settlement journey. These interpreters supported the communication between clients and staff in many key areas, including refugee resettlement, health, orientation,…

ISANS CEO Jennifer Watts On Nova Scotia’s One-Stop Shop For Immigrant Settlement

By ISANS Communications | May 19, 2021

ISANS CEO, Jennifer Watts, sat down with Don Mills to talk about how to improve immigrant retention in Atlantic Canada, and how ISANS supports immigrants pre and post-arrival.

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ISANS Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

By ISANS Communications | May 1, 2021

May is Asian Heritage Month! Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to reflect on, learn more about, and celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions Asian Canadians have made to and continue to make to our society, economy, and country. When we engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue, we are directly creating communities where all…

ISANS’ Offices are Closed as of April 27th. Only Services by Phone or Online

By ISANS Communications | April 26, 2021

As of April 27th, ISANS’s offices will be closed. We will only be offering virtual and online services during this time. There will be no on-site services or reception for two weeks. We will reassess our office closure and virtual service delivery by Friday, May 7th. If you have questions regarding your program and service,…

As of April 23rd, ISANS will be offering only virtual or online service and programs due to new COVID-19 restrictions in Nova Scotia.

By ISANS Communications | April 22, 2021

As a result of the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, ISANS will be moving back to modified program delivery on Friday, April 23rd. These modifications will include limitations with onsite activities for both staff and clients across ISANS four sites. These site changes include: ISANS Mumford: Open to clients and staff on a restricted basis 8:30-4:30 daily.…