Getting into the Workforce: Making it Happen!

Finding a good job is one of the biggest challenges for newcomers to Canada, and while it isn’t easy, it can be done!  Many immigrants are successfully working in their fields, making a good living and contributing significantly to the economy of Nova Scotia. And like most things in life, … Read more

John Burgess third recipient of Craig Ennett Award

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) are pleased to announce than John Burgess is the third recipient of the Craig Ennett Award. The award was presented at the PANS Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax. This … Read more

Bridge to Construction

The Bridge to Construction graduation took place on Monday, June 17th in the Atrium at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. This event celebrated another step towards one of the goals in Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia’ Strategic Plan: Integrating clients more quickly. The Bridge to Construction is a … Read more

Successful Project for Internationally Educated Engineers

On April 18, we hosted an event to celebrate a special project for internationally educated engineers (IEEs). The Worksite-based Competency Assessment Project gave ten IEEs the chance to work with local engineering firms for four months. During that time, they demonstrated their skills to these potential employers and carefully documented … Read more

Temporary Foreign Workers – A Much Needed Workforce

Recent changes in Canada’s immigration policy, including a focus on recruiting skilled workers that fit Canada’s labour needs, raise questions about the future of Temporary Foreign Workers in Nova Scotia. The federal government is looking to permanent residents and Canadian citizens, who are seasonal workers, to fill employment needs. Does … Read more

Hiring Immigrant Engineers: From Risk to Opportunity

The following is an article by Jan Sheppard Kutcher which appears in the Fall 2012 issue of The Engineer.

No employer likes to take risks in hiring. Whether you run your own firm, or are responsible for hiring staff for a medium or large engineering firm, mitigating risk, makes sense. But what appears as due diligence, unfortunately, can mean you miss gigantic opportunities to bring talented, experienced and hard-working engineers on board, simply because they seem like risky hires…