Planning a move to a new area or a new country can be both scary and exhilarating. Understanding the culture, finding employment, housing, and health care are all concerns that need to be addressed.
The South Shore has an ISANS Rural Settlement Counsellor, based in Bridgewater, to assist you in starting a new life here and connecting with the community. There are a variety of free services offered through Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) that create opportunities for newcomers to fully participate in Nova Scotia living. Some of the services include employment counselling, business support to immigrants at all stages of business, language programs and more.
For more information on ISANS go to: http://www.isans.ca
- Helping you make an informed decision about living and understanding life in Nova Scotia
- Referring you to the right people to access additional language or skill training
- Putting you in touch with local agencies to help you find employment that matches your skills and education
Andrew Pace, born in Australia, is the Immigration Information Navigator with the South West Shore Development Authority. He is responsible for coordinating and leading efforts to unite community groups and organizations in the goal of being a Welcoming Community for all newcomers to the Tri-County region:
Immigration Information Navigator Office
Phone: (902) 742-2486 extension 241
Immigration Information Navigator objectives:
- Provide the necessary settlement guidance that allows newcomers successful integration
- To assist in the design of programs that meet specific newcomers' needs
- Increase awareness of the benefits of immigration and supporting multiculturalism to further develop South West Nova as an open and welcoming destination for immigrants
- Social integration to the community
Example of support services available:
- Language training services
- Employment skills development
- Networking opportunities
- Assistance with any general questions on living in the Tri-County region
Newcomer's Resource Guide
A Newcomers Resource Guide has been developed for the South Shore area that can help you understand some of the basic services available in the area as well as answer questions on everything from housing and insurance to the weather and everything in-between. Click here to download a PDF version of the guide.
Another useful website is the Newcomers Guide to Nova Scotia Schools. This will help you prepare your children for a move to the South Shore Region.
Other Useful Websites