HRM welcomes over 2,000 new immigrants each year from a wide range of countries around the world, including Africa and the Middle East, Asia & Pacific, Europe, UK and the US. Newcomers represent many languages, customs, beliefs and backgrounds. They may come to HRM as family and business immigrants, refugees, international students, temporary workers or visitors. Many will make HRM their permanent home and bring skills and experiences that contribute to our economic growth and community development.
No matter who they are and where they come from, newcomers help build vibrant neighbourhoods, and a welcoming community plays a big part in helping them build a new life here. Welcoming neighbourhoods build on a tradition of hospitality Haligonians are known for. They help build new relationships, new traditions as well as a sense of belonging, safety and community pride.
We all have a role to play in creating welcoming and inclusive communities. If you’ve wondered what you can do to make newcomers feel part of your neighbourhood,
this Tool-Kit is for you! If you have other ideas or stories to share please e-mail them to
Nova Scotia Office of Immigration works with the government of Canada to bring
immigrants to Nova Scotia. They want newcomers from around the world to make Nova Scotia
Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS) is a community-based
organization that has many services for newcomers including orientation and settlement
support, language training, and employment and business development services, available onsite and online. Newcomers often come here soon after they arrive.
YMCA Immigrant Programs is a community based organization that helps
newcomers with new language, culture, community, recreation and similar services.
Phone: (902) 457-9622
Immigration Francophone - Francophone Immigration provides settlement
and integration services to French-speaking immigrants to Nova Scotia.
Halifax Public Libraries ESL for Adults offers language training for newcomers
Telephone: (902) 490-5990
Metro Region Immigrant Language Services (MILS) provides Canadian
Language Benchmark assessments, English as a Second Language instruction and
Tel. (902) 464-2868 / (902) 464-2033
Halifax Regional School Board Adult ESL offers full-time and part-time language instruction in