Immigration Settlement Services

Immigration is an issue of the heart. People will come and stay only if they can provide for their families, make personal contacts, and build supportive networks in their workplaces and communities.
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 objectives:

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Provide the necessary settlement guidance that allows newcomers successful integration
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To assist in the design of programs that meet specific newcomers’ needs
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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

Andrew Pace
Immigration Information Navigator
Office – Yarmouth Library
Ph: 902-742 2486 x241


There are a number of agencies offering advice and support to potential immigrants to the area.

Immigration Services  Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is a leading community organization that welcomes immigrants to Nova Scotia. Working in partnership, they offer services and create opportunities to help immigrants to participate fully in Canadian life.

ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. They work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada. They provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia was created by the merger of Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA) and Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC) – together they have a combined experience of over fifty years serving immigrants in Nova Scotia. They are the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada with over 115 staff members from more than 30 countries. They offer services in an inclusive manner, respectful of, and sensitive to, diversity. Partnership, professionalism and accountability a priority in every aspect of their work.

Y REACH - YMCA Recognizing Enhancing Aligning Community Horizons(YREACH).

YREACH, a new and expanded YMCA Program, provides information, orientation and settlement support to Immigrants and Temporary Foreign Workers and their families who are new to communities across the province of Nova Scotia.

YREACH has a mandate to raise awareness about the benefits of immigration in Nova Scotia and to work with local partners to create welcoming communities.

For more information about YREACH in our community please contact Dolores Atwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (902) 742-7181.

Nova Scotia Immigration offers valuable resources to help you immigrate, live and work in Nova Scotia.

Western Counties & Nova Scotia Office of Immigration