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.

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Everyone contributes to building a stronger and brighter Canada

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.…

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ISANS COVID-19 Response Research Report

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

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.

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Craig Bannon named the recipient of 2021 ISANS Award

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.…

Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day

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

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

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…

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Join Us For Our Annual General Meeting

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…


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

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 from ISANS

Statement on the Deadly Attack in London, ON

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…