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.

ISANS Award 2022 Winner

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia is pleased to announce Learn English Nova Scotia (LENS) 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…

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Learn about Indigenous Culture and History with us

In honour of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, we’re sharing some of the ways we’ve been learning about, and also educating about, Indigenous culture and history. As part of our commitment to reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada, as well as our commitment to equity, diversity, and…

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ISANS Participates in Global Forum at United Nations Headquarters in NYC

ISANS Strategic Initiatives Advisor, Nabiha Atallah, with Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Sean Fraser From May 17-20, ISANS had the honour of participating in the United Nations International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) at UN headquarters in New York City to review the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM). The GCM is the…

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Hadayat Rahimi: A Humanitarian’s Journey from Afghanistan to Canada

Hadayat Rahimi (center) with his volleyball colleagues and youth team. When you spend time at ISANS, you’re bound to hear one of the many captivating histories that fill our offices and classrooms. We serve a hugely diverse population of immigrants, and we have staff from more than 70 different countries, each with a unique story…

Upcoming Information Sessions: 2022 Private Refugee Sponsorship

Thank you to those who completed the interest form for ISANS’ 2021 Private Refugee Sponsorship application. The form has now been closed. We will be holding information sessions about ISANS’ 2022 Private Sponsorship of Refugee (PSR) selection and application process as well as the new federal Operation Afghan Safety initiative. The information sessions about PSR…

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ISANS Immigrant Women Entrepreneur Pitch Competition: We have a Winner!

Nine women entrepreneurs went head-to-head in the inaugural ISANS Immigrant Women Entrepreneur Pitch Competition, with Lurinda Swanepoel’s Medika Beauty Institute coming out on top. When asked how the event will impact her business, Swanepoel said, “This competition has helped me further build my skills and network. Winning this competition will help me with my e-commerce…

Thank You, Volunteers! Volunteering is Empathy in Action

This National Volunteer Week (April 24-30), we have been celebrating the contributions of volunteers around Canada. This year’s theme is Volunteering Is Empathy In Action: Volunteers Bring Heart To Canada’s Communities. We want to take this opportunity to thank all ISANS volunteers who have supported and continue to support ISANS programs. Your invaluable work helps…

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Statement on the Conflict in Ukraine

Today, February 24th, Ukraine was invaded by Russian forces as part of a large-scale offensive across the country. Early reports indicate widespread military action across Ukraine that is causing loss of life and large-scale fleeing of civilians away from the frontlines. We at ISANS understand that these events unfolding in Ukraine can be very distressing…

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

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…

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ISANS Virtual Open House 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…