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 … Read more

ISANS celebrates 10 years as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)

To celebrate a decade as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), we are sharing 10 facts about our work as a SAH the past 10 years. Did you know ISANS is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH)? A Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) is an incorporated organization that has signed a sponsorship agreement … Read more

2021 Private Sponsorship Applications Now Open

UPDATE 11/23: We are adding an information session that will be held in person at ISANS Mumford. Please note that in consideration of classroom capacity, we are only able to accommodate 43 attendees. You must register via this link until December 7th to attend. The upcoming sessions are scheduled as … Read more

ISANS’ Early Childhood Education Online: Building a Better World for Children, One Paper School Bus at a Time

Every November 20th since 1954, World Children’s Day is celebrated worldwide to promote international togetherness and awareness among children, and to improve children’s welfare. “World Children’s Day,” the UN explains, “offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that … Read more

ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards 2021

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s ISANS Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards. Presentation of the awards took place virtually and in person at our Small Business Week event on October 20th at the Halifax Public Library. The recipients and honorable mentions are the following for each award categories: … Read more

Small Business Week 2021

BDC Small Business Week is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has organized for over 42 years. Every year, close to 10,000 entrepreneurs gather to learn, network, and celebrate the people building businesses across the country. At ISANS, we recognize the positive impact … Read more

Mi’kmaq History Month 2021

In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. This year, we reflect on the theme treaty, chosen by the Mi’kmaq History Month committee. Focusing on relationships and the notion that We are All … Read more

Supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees in Nova Scotia

The news from Afghanistan is heartbreaking.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and settlement agencies across Canada are responding to this evolving and tragic situation and are supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees to Canada. ISANS, as a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provider, is involved in this work and we are preparing for arrivals … Read more

Everyone Contributes

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 … Read more

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 … Read more