Scenic coastlines, polite people, and plenty of seafood…these are the words that come to mind when one thinks of Atlantic Canada. Made up of four provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador), this region on the Atlantic coast of Canada played an influential role in the history of the country.
Atlantic Canada has a distinct identity of its own, with strong English, Celtic, and French roots. Combined, the four provinces have a population of almost 2.5 million people. Due to a declining and aging population, the region actively welcomes newcomers to provide a vital boost to the economic and social development there. To learn more about this issue, read this article by the Globe and Mail.
Are you interested in living, working, or studying in Atlantic Canada? Here are some places that you can start looking into:
- Language Assessment Services of Nova Scotia (LASNS): LASNS is a licensed Canadian Language Benchmark language assessment centre. Using the Canadian Language Benchmarks, LASNS provides assessments, language education counselling, and referrals.
- Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS): The largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada, ISANS offers opportunities and services to help immigrants settle in Nova Scotia. ISANS offers English language classes, settlement counselling, employment counselling, mentorships, work placement programs and computer skills training.
- Association for New Canadians (ANC): The Association for New Canadians is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to providing settlement and integration services for immigrants and refugees. ANC provides career services, diversity training, daycare and childminding services, English as a Second Language programs, and Volunteer Connections programs.
- Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC): The Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council provides support and services to newcomers in Newfoundland and Labrador. They work to help the larger community understand issues surrounding immigration, refugees, and cultural diversity.
- Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador (MWONL): MWONL was founded in 1982 to address settlement and integration challenges faced by immigrant women. They provide culturally competent career development and employment services, leadership skills workshops, basic computer training, and volunteer opportunities.
- Prince Edward Island Association for Newcomers to Canada: The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada provides services for the settlement and integration of new immigrants and refugees. Services include language assessment, employment services, business mentorship programs, and specific programming for internationally educated health professionals.