Immigration Trends and Themes

ISANS has identified the latest themes and trends impacting immigration in Canada. Find our insights, research, and collection of best practices below.

Municipal Voting Rights for Permanent Residents

Extending municipal voting rights to permanent residents would welcome immigrants to contribute their experience and perspectives in the decision-making process of local governments, and it would build engagement in our democratic processes.

Digital Inclusion Policy for Nova Scotia

A digital inclusion policy would support all Nova Scotians to participate in the social, economic, and cultural life of our province, and it would also strengthen our local communities.

Strengthening Welcoming and Inclusive Communities

Strengthening welcoming and inclusive communities across our province is critical to our commitment to human rights and social justice, and to encouraging immigrants to come, successfully settle, and stay in Nova Scotia.

Supporting Temporary Residents

Temporary residents are individuals who are in Canada on a visa such as a work permit, study permit, or visitor’s visa. When their permit or visa expires, they must either renew it or leave the country.

International Qualifications Recognition

Many immigrants come to Canada with professional credentials that are not recognized here. These individuals represent a substantial opportunity for the province to fill labour market gaps—from health care professionals to skilled tradespeople.

Affordable, Safe, Accessible, and Appropriate Housing

Immigrants, refugee claimants, and migrant individuals and families struggle to find and maintain safe, affordable, accessible, and appropriate housing due to low income, disproportionate discrimination, and systemic barriers. The Nova Scotia Government has a role in supporting those facing barriers to accessing housing in the province.