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Программа иммиграции провинции Nova Scotia

Очень много вопросов поступает по программе Новой Шотландии (Nova Scotia), далее NS. Я эту программу рассматривала для своей семьи, а также задавала вопросы ребятам, кто уже прошёл по ней. Информации получилось много. Поэтому разбиваю её на две статьи.

В этой речь пойдёт о самой провинции и программе, а во второй — героические истории ребят, кому удалось податься на эту программу. Почему героические? Читайте дальше и всё поймёте.

Nova Scotia или Nouvelle-Écosse, а русский вариант Новая Шотландия — одна из Атлантических провинций Канады. Столица, и он же самый большой город, – Галифакс (Halifax). Провинция расположена на одноименном полуострове и имеет в своём составе еще остров Кейп-Бретон.

Площадь территории составляет 55 284 км², что сопоставимо с размерами Псковской области.

Описание программы иммиграции в провинцию Nova Scotia.

Провинция имеет 2 программы. Стрим A и стрим Б. Отличаются они тем, что стрим A открыт всегда, но для подачи по этому направлению требуется приглашение на работу от местного работодателя.

Стрим Б открывается несколько раз в году. Оповещение об открытии появляется на официальном сайте за сутки до открытия. В этой информации сообщается время и дата, а также список профессий, необходимых для прохождения по программе.

Требования провинциальной программы NS:

  • Иметь минимум 1 год опыта работы по профессии из списка
  • Уровень английского или французского языка не ниже clb7
  • Вы должны набирать минимум 67 баллов по FSW (иначе не сможете создать профиль в EE)
  • Иметь достаточное количество денег (сумма такая же, как и для EE)

Список профессий как правило обновляется 1 раз в год. В этом году он был такой:

  1. Financial auditors and accountants 1111
  2. Other financial officers 1114
  3. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
  4. Administrative assistants 1241
  5. Accounting technicians and bookkeepers 1311
  6. Civil engineers 2131
  7. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 3012
  8. Licensed practical nurses 3233
  9. College and other vocational instructors 4021
  10. Paralegal and related occupations 4211
  11. Social and community service workers 4212

Чтобы не пропустить открытие программы, рекомендую или проверять сайт 1-2 раза в день, или, что проще, установить программу, которая будет за вас отслеживать изменения на странице и в случае обновления сайта оповестит вас об этом. Подробнее об этом читать тут. Ссылка работает только в включенным VPN.

Одна из отличительных особенностей NS состоит в том, что там не существует разделения на этапы такие как: отправления EOI (expression of interest), Ожидание ITA и только потом отправка документов. Главное – успеть заполнить анкету и подгрузить все необходимые документы. Это сразу и EOI и ITA за одно действие.

У NS же программа отрывается на несколько часов. Вы сразу загружаете все необходимые документы, заполняете большую развернутую анкету и жмёте кнопку submit. Как только необходимое провинции количество человек засабмитятся, стрим без предупреждения закрывается.

К сожалению, сайт не выдерживает такой нагрузки, и надо иметь стальные нервы для того, чтобы выдержать этот, без преувеличения, «марафон».

Но зато в награду вы получите номинацию с вероятностью 99%, если, конечно, все ваши документы в порядке.

Как подготовиться к подаче по этой программе?

  1. Для начала создайте на официальном сайте личный кабинет (вам будет точно не до этого в день открытия программы)
  2. Стрим А открыт всегда, и он точно такой же как Б кроме того, что для второй программы вам не понадобится job offer. Поэтому заполните его, сохраните все ответы на вопросы и не забудьте написать сочинение на тему «Почему я выбрал NS и чем я ей пригожусь» (не более 200 слов).

Внимание! При заполнении Стрима A ни к коем случае не нажимайте кнопку «submit». Просто доходите до последнего шага, сохраняете себе всю информацию и закрываете.

  1. Далее подготовьте документы из этого списка:
  • Заграничные паспорта на всех (только разворот с фото и информацией о вас)
  • Свидетельство о рождении (только на детей). Для взрослых не требуется.
  • Свидетельство о браке
  • Сертификат IELTS или TEF
  • Репорт с эвалюацией диплома ECA (WES)

  • Диплом + Приложение
  • Референсы от работодателей
  • Актуальное резюме
  • Справка о состоянии счёта + выписка о движении за последние 3 месяца.
  • Declaration
  • Notice

Последние 2 документа главный аппликант подписывает в самой анкете, а вот если у него есть супруга/супруг, то тогда он/она подписывает эти документы, и вы их прикрепляете к остальным файлам. Можно подписать сразу на компьютере с помощью мышки, чтобы не тратить время на сканирование.

Вот последние 2 файла.

Размер одного документа не ограничен, но общий вес не должен превышать 50 Мб.

Внимание! Все документы не на русском языке должны быть переведены и заверены подписью переводчика.

  1. Установите несколько браузеров, VPN, подготовьте несколько ноутбуков/компьютеров и отслеживайте открытие программы.

В случае удачной подачи должно появиться вот такое вот сообщение, и спустя несколько часов/дней (в зависимости от того успели вы податься в начале или уже перед закрытием) прийти письмо на почту.

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ISIS Nova Scotia changes name to avo >An organization that helps new immigrants settle in Nova Scotia unveiled its new name on Wednesday in an effort to avoid being associated with a terrorist group.

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New name stands for Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

An organization that helps new immigrants settle in Nova Scotia unveiled its new name on Wednesday in an effort to avoid being associated with a terrorist group.


The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services agency in Halifax is now known as the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, or ISANS.

On their website, ISANS said the name of their organization is the only thing that’s changed — the essence of the group will remain the same.

Last month, the organization said the old name became a problem because it was a shared acronym with the jihadist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The immigration group said at one point the connotation was so bad, staff were embarrassed to wear their name tags and partners were unwilling to say their name at public events.

The main concern for the group was the reaction of clients from Syria and Iraq, where the terrorist group is operating.

ISIS, the terrorist group, is often referred to in other ways. Some call it ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

ISANS said it was hoping the name ISIS wouldn’t stick, but it did and forced the name change.

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program – NS PNP

Canada Immigration Attorney

Are you interested in Canadian immigration? Do you want to immigrate to Canada and specifically to the province of Nova Scotia? If so, the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (Nova Scotia PNP) might be the best Canadian immigration solution for you. The Nova Scotia PNP is designed to recruit and select immigrants who intend to settle in the province of Nova Scotia. A Canada immigration attorney from our law firm can provide knowledgeable assistance.

Those who are eligible and nominated through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, along with their spouse and dependents, will receive their Canadian permanent residency upon approval by the Canadian Federal government. Successful applicants under the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program will be given a Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Certificate. This certificate will help expedite the applicant’s Canadian immigration process, and therefore help the applicant and his or her family to immigrate to Canada faster. Also, it should be noted that as of July 1st, 2012, some skilled worker applicants will have to submit their official language results with their application when applying to the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program.

Nova Scotia PNP Categories

Immigration to Canada can be done faster through a provincial nominee program. The different options that an individual can apply for in their application to the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program are referred to as streams. The streams are open for qualified skilled workers and other foreign nationals who meet the economic and labour market needs of the province and its various communities. The different streams are not open permanently so it is important to apply while they are still available. Below are the streams that are offered under the Nova Scotia PNP:

  1. The Nova Scotia PNP Skilled Worker Stream
    • For skilled workers with a job offer in Nova Scotia.
  2. The Nova Scotia PNP Regional Labour Market Demand Stream (closed, reopening January 2015)
    • For individuals with skills and work experience that meet Nova Scotia’s labour market needs. Applicants do not require a job offer to qualify for this stream.
  3. The Nova Scotia PNP Family Business Worker Stream
    • For immigrants who are closely related to a Nova Scotia employer, and have received a permanent full-time job offer from that employer.
  4. The Nova Scotia PNP International Graduate Stream
    • For international graduates from a Canadian college/university with a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer.
  5. The Nova Scotia PNP Agri-Food Sector Stream (closed)
  6. The Nova Scotia PNP Non-dependent Child Stream (closed)

Иммиграция в Новую Шотландию по потоку Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Высококвалифицированные специалисты, чьи профессии востребованы в провинции Новая Шотландия, могут иммигрировать в Канаду по провинциальной программе через систему Express Entry.

Поток Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry позволяет получить статус постоянного жителя Канады высококвалифицированным специалистам, которые хотят жить и работать в провинции Новая Шотландия.

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Профессии кандидатов должны быть востребованы в провинции. Управление иммиграцией Новой Шотландии оставляет за собой право рассматривать только определенные профессии для выдвижения кандидатов на иммиграцию в зависимости от текущих потребностей рынка труда. Заявки принимаются только в режиме онлайн.

В рамках этого потока провинция выдвигает кандидатов по двум категориям:

  • категория A (для кандидатов с предложением о работе) — открыта постоянно;
  • категория B (для кандидатов с опытом работы по востребованной профессии) — открывается и закрывается в течение года.

Требования

Чтобы получить возможность иммигрировать по потоку Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry, нужно соответствовать следующим требованиям:

  • иметь аккаунт в системе Express Entry;
  • набрать 67 баллов или более по 6 факторам отбора (возраст, образование и т. д.);
  • получить минимум школьное образование, эквивалентное канадскому;
  • набрать минимум 7 баллов по шкале Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) для английского или французского языка (соответствует IELTS 6.0);
  • показать достаточно финансовых ресурсов, чтобы успешно обосноваться в Новой Шотландии;
  • категория A: получить предложение о работе на постоянной основе по квалифицированной специальности от работодателя Новой Шотландии и иметь минимум 1 год опыта работы, связанного с предложением;
  • категория B: иметь минимум 1 год опыта работы за последние 6 лет по одной из целевых профессий провинции.

Категории и профессии кандидатов

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Целевыми профессиями для иммиграции по категории B являются следующие (в скобках — номер профессии в классификаторе NOC):

  • аудиторы финансовой отчетности и бухгалтеры (1111);
  • прочие финансовые инспекторы (1114);
  • профессионалы в области рекламы, маркетинга и связей с общественностью (1123);
  • помощники по административной работе (1241);
  • техники-бухгалтеры и счетоводы (1311)
  • инженеры-строители (2131);
  • дипломированные медсестры и дипломированные медсестры психиатрического отделения (3012);
  • младшие медицинские работники с лицензией (3233);
  • преподаватели колледжей и других учреждений профессионального образования (4021);
  • ассистенты юриста и смежные профессии (4211);
  • социальные работники и организаторы общественных работ (4212).


Узнать о других потоках провинциальной программы Новой Шотландии можно в статье «Иммиграция в Новую Шотландию — провинциальная программа Канады (NSNP)».

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Watch how these clients found their dream jobs!

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Plan to Succeed

For most people, success does not happen by accident – it often requires a plan and consistent work towards implementing that plan. Employment and career development tends to be an especially daunting aspect of the migration process but the good news is that the Canadian government has programs in place to assist these transitions.

The employment experience differs from person to person, and can often hinge on whether one belongs to a regulated profession or not. Success stories abound, and we have encountered several people (including ourselves) who experienced one or other of the following in pinning down employment:

  • secured employment prior to arrival
  • obtained a certification in Canada or went through a license conversion process, because they belonged to a regulated profession (note that some professions require an internship period in addition to the foregoing)
  • enrolled in an educational program to increase job prospects or to make a career switch always intended
  • engaged in a government funded internship program
  • applied and secured employment following arrival

It is important to understand that there is no single template for career transition into Canada. We find the below very useful to help in determining the best path, and you should feel free to use as many of these as you would like. Furthermore, if you ever considered a career change, there’s no better time than now!

The key to a successful career in Canada is to never give up. As the lyrics of the sound track go, in the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music”, “Climb every mountain, search high and low, follow every byway, every path you know. Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream.”

We sincerely hope you achieve your dreams in Canada.

By the following articles, we seek to share what we have learned from our experiences and those of other immigrants.

Pre-arrival career preparation

Your career preparation should start before you arrive in Canada. There are several pre-arrival agencies that connect you with organizations in Canada that offer pre-arrival and post arrival career services. If you are yet to arrive in Canada, please refer to the pre-arrival section of this page, register and participate in a pre-arrival program. It is key to reach out to all the agencies you are referred to and, if you have a spouse, they should also participate in the program.

When applying to jobs before arrival, simply indicate the date of your arrival in the cover letter.

Key Requirement(s)

The following are either essential or useful to have before obtaining employment after you arrive in Canada:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN): You should obtain a SIN upon arrival in Canada, as this will be essential for employment. Please refer to the Social Insurance Number article on the arrival page for more details.
  • Bank Account: If you had not opened a bank account prior to arrival, it is advisable to open one after you arrive so your salary can be directly credited.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

The standard length for Canadian resumes is 2 pages while the standard cover letter is 1 page. This can come as a surprise, and one of us had to compress a pre-existing 7-page curriculum vitae to comply with this rule! As the name implies, a resume is a brief account, and this is the preferred application document in Canada, along with a cover letter.

The question on your mind next might be, “how do I compress my curriculum vitae or existing resume without losing vital details?”. The secret is in “resume tailoring”. After extracting non-essential details such as elementary school education and that job at the bar to help pay for your dorm at college, ensure your resume has and uses key words from the job description. Many immigrant-serving organizations assist with resume building.

The importance of a cover letter cannot be over emphasized as it show-cases why you are the person for the job. Keep in mind that you may be competing with over 1000 people who have similar skills. We would encourage you to highlight your accomplishments, particularly those that did not make their way into your resume. Give the recruiter a reason to want to meet with you. As you prepare the cover letter, ask yourself the following questions: Why should the recruiter invite me for the interview?’ What is so special about me? “What makes me the best person for the job”? Review your finished resume and cover letter, and confirm you have done your best self-marketing before you submit.

In terms of the number of applications to send each day, it is advisable to apply to as many jobs as possible. You should not apply an artificial cap on the number of applications you make and, frankly, the more quality applications you have out there, the higher your chances of securing an interview. Just ensure your skills match the job description and ensure to tailor your submission to each role.

Reach out to immigrant serving organizations/newcomer service centers using the link below for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, elevator speech and interview preparation.

Newcomer (Post-Arrival) Services

The Canadian government funds several post arrival services (newcomer services). These organizations help to facilitate the transition process and touch on services like employment, language assessment/training, refugee services, daily life etc. If it is an immigration related issue/concern, there is likely to be an agency that can help out, and you are free to consult with multiple agencies.

For instance, one of us simultaneously worked with ACCES Employment, JVS Toronto and The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) and ultimately got an internship opportunity via Career Edge. The support rendered by the newcomer centres is simply amazing and we know several immigrants who can attest to that. Use the link below to locate a newcomer service close to you.

Careers That Require Licensure

There are certain jobs that require a Canadian license before you can practice. Quick to mind are Medicine, Law, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Accounting, etc. If you already have a license to practice in another country, it helps to find out if Canada has a “Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)” with the licensing country.

If you are in a regulated profession, it is advisable to find an alternative job in your field while you work on getting your license. Use the link below to determine if you require a Canadian license to practice or if an MRA exists. Please contact the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) if you have any questions.

Skilled Trades

Research has it that Canada faces a shortage of one million tradespeople by 2020, as many people in that field will be retiring. Peter Harris, editor-in-chief of Workopolis says, “There is an incredible amount of opportunity in the trades industry in Canada right now”. “The average age of welders is 57, and large numbers of trades workers across the board are also into their 50s.”

For immigrants looking for a second career or a career change, a skilled trade has lots to offer.

Skilled trades are divided into four main categories:


  • Construction
  • Industrial
  • Motive Power
  • Service

Use the link below for more information about skilled trades. Also contact an immigrant-serving organization near you for more details.

LinkedIn

We cannot overemphasize the importance of LinkedIn to your job search process. For those who do not know what LinkedIn is, it is a social media platform for professional networking.

Several recruiters search for candidates on LinkedIn. There is also a job section on LinkedIn where you can apply for job. For one of us, the first job interview in Canada was through a recruiter on LinkedIn, via unsolicited contact from the recruiter. As most recruiters will search for you based on your location, remember to change your location on LinkedIn upon arrival in Canada.

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Employee Rights

Every employee in Canada has rights that must be respected. These rights exist both at a federal and provincial level. If you feel you have not been treated fairly by your employer, please contact the Ministry of Labour in your province or territory or visit a Service Canada Centre close to you to talk to a federal government labour affairs officer.

The human rights law also protects employees from being treated unfairly due to their age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Please use the links below for more information about Canadian workplace standards and visit the “working in” section of each province/ territory for more details about the labour laws of the province/ territory.

Canada Workplace Culture

Every society has its norms and ways of doing things. If you are a new immigrant, you must have heard of the “Canadian experience” requirement. We believe this is simply the way employers ensure that prospective employees will conform in behavior and communication to Canadian workplace culture. A reference from a Canadian employer, or evidence of Canadian training, usually achieves this. If you remember that, in general, Canadians are not heavy risk takers; this helps you understand their position.

You may be wondering how the employers expect you to get “Canadian experience” being a new immigrant. First, it is important to note that there is nothing legally known as “Canadian experience” so you will find some employers do not apply this requirement. In addition, there are internship and volunteer opportunities that can give you the experience you need and a reference to kick-start your career in Canada. The “Getting a Job” section above explores that in details.

Find below a link to a site, which explains the Canadian workplace culture in detail.

Working Parents

If you are a parent and you have a child who is 12 years and above, you likely will not be worrying about childcare. However, if your child is less than 12 years old, all we can say is, “Welcome to our world!”. Some of the questions that come to mind on arrival in Canada include:

  • Where would I drop the children when i go to work?
  • How early can I drop them off at school?
  • What happens to them after school?
  • How late can I pick them up?
  • How can I be sure that they are safe in the day-care?
  • My child is still a baby/toddler and not old enough to go to school and I need to get a job.
  • How many hours would I be able to work so that I can pick the children after school?
  • Would I be able to take a full time job?
  • Should I take a part-time job?
  • How much would I pay for child-care services?
  • Can I afford child-care services?
  • What is the impact of a part-time job on my career?

The questions are endless. Some immigrants even consider inviting a grandparent to come help out in Canada.

If you are in this position, the good news is there is often a workable solution for every question. How do we know? Well, we have been there, done that, and have that t-shirt!

There are several child-care options available including nursery schools, licensed day-care providers, drop-in day-care centres and even home-based day-care centres.

If your child/children are all below the age of 12 and you are ready to start you career, there are child-care services that make it possible to resume work. If your child is of school age and goes to school, you should find out about the “Before and After School programs”. Simply do an internet search for “before and after school” programs in your region or municipality.

As the name implies, before school programs allow you drop off your little ones in the morning and provide activities that keep them occupied until school starts. Similarly, “after school” programs engage children in activities between close of school and the pickup time. Parents can usually either or both services depending on their schedule.

The drop-off time for before school programs is usually between 7:00 am and 7:30 am while the pick up for after-school is usually between 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm. This timing may vary from one region/province to another.

It is advisable to select a program that is either within the school premises or as close to the premises as possible.

If your child is below school age and not yet in school, it is advisable to get a licensed day-care or nursery school. You can also consider drop-in day-care and home-based day-care centres depending on your needs.

Check if your region has a childcare fee subsidy (a simple internet search or checking the website of your municipality can help). If you qualify for a childcare fee subsidy, it would reduce the childcare fee and even if you do not get a subsidy, you may qualify for a tax refund on un-subsidized fees.


Feel free to ask as many questions as possible until you are satisfied that your child/children are in safe hands. Also, check for reviews about the care provider on the internet. Do your own research and do not forget to ask your child questions when they get home to ensure that they are integrating properly.

Whichever option you decide to go with, bear in mind penalties for late pick-up.

Getting A Job

Getting a job is critical to settling down as a new immigrant. There are several ways to look for jobs in Canada. As a new immigrant, it is important to network as this increases your chances of getting into the “hidden” job market which is not advertised.

In addition to networking, follow up with the partners recommended by your pre-arrival service. Update your LinkedIn profile. Some recruiters actively assess candidates or recruit via LinkedIn. The topics and links below provide useful information for finding a job in Canada.

Volunteering

Volunteering is not only a good way of gaining experience and learning the Canadian workplace culture, it helps to build your network and showcase your skills to your potential employer. As a volunteer, you offer your skills willingly and do not receive any pay.

If you would like to offer your services as a volunteer, search the internet for volunteer services in your city. You can also liaise with immigrant-serving organizations near you.

Internships And Co-ops

Internships and co-ops are a good way to kick start your career. Co-ops, which stands for “Cooperative Education” is usually tied to an educational institution and falls between semesters. Internships on the other hand may or may not be education based. Both provide work experience, which may or may not be paid for and with duration ranging from 12 weeks to over one year. You should look out for both opportunities and see which you qualify for.

Some occupations have a mandatory internship requirement. Register and look out for as many internship opportunities as possible. Reach out to the partners recommended by your pre-arrival service for information, and ask your post-arrival service providers/newcomer centers about internship/coop opportunities in different organizations.

A job board is a place or site where jobs are posted. Employers post job opportunities and interested candidates that meet the requirements are expected to apply. There are so many job boards in Canada, and these can be some of the most important places to search for a job.

Beware of scammers! There have been instances of phony job postings and requests to pay for interviews. We have also heard of job offers where the role involved moving money from one bank to another (illegal money laundering activities). You should be prudent as you carry out your job search. If it looks too good to be true, it is most likely too good to be true.

We will not attempt to list job boards here, but see below for a link to an article by JVS Toronto, which lists the top ten job boards, including Canada Job bank as number one.

Job Fairs

Job fairs are events where employers, recruiters, schools, students and job seekers converge to network. It is a great opportunity for employers to provide information about their organization and for job seekers to network, hand out their resumes and practice their interview skills. A good way to get wind of upcoming job fairs is to follow organizations you would like to work for on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Also contact immigrant-serving organizations or conduct a simple internet search. Job fairs are also known as career fairs, career expos and job expos.

Mentorship

Mentors are Canadian professionals and business people who offer free advice and coaching to newcomers in Canada. The support and guidance provided can be invaluable, and you can pay it forward by being a mentor yourself in future.

Visit the newcomer centre closest to you to find out if there are any mentorship programs near you. Below are the links to some programs available in particular regions.

Networking

Networking is a very important way of getting a job in Canada as it increases your chance of getting into the hidden job market. Research has shown that as much as 80% of job vacancies in Canada do not get advertised. These unadvertised jobs are referred to as the “hidden” job market. This is where networking comes into play. While everyone is scrambling for the advertised 20% on job boards, you can target the hidden jobs and increase your chances of getting employed.

Join industry related associations, build networks with recruiters (you can look them up on LinkedIn), ask your friends and contacts to refer you if possible and learn about “cold calling”. Find below some helpful links.

Bridging programs are designed to help internationally trained professionals and tradespeople who want to work in their field in Canada.

This often includes helping you get a certification or license. While some services such as the language and job search services are free, others may require a fee.

Please contact the immigrant-serving organization near you or the professional association or regulatory body for your profession for more details.

Confirm whether a bridging program is a mandatory requirement for your profession, as sometimes you can engage in self-study to undertake licensing exams. Research, and choose the option that suits you best.

Social Media

Social media has gone beyond posting pictures. In addition to LinkedIn earlier mentioned, Google+, Twitter and Facebook can also be used in the job search process. It is advisable to follow companies you are interested in as well as recruiters and recruitment agencies. Also check their career pages for openings that match your skills.

Temporary (Temp) Jobs

Temporary jobs also known as temp jobs usually range from alternative jobs to survival jobs. Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, we believe them to be different. Alternative jobs refer to a job that is within your field of expertise but is at a lower level than your actual qualification, e.g. an accountant working as an accounting clerk. Survival jobs on the other hand are jobs that are not in your field and just help pay the bills. A good example is a doctor who works as a contact centre representative in a bank.

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Due to the huge financial implication of migration, most immigrants are always concerned about getting a source of income for feeding and paying bills, especially immigrants who have dependents. While searching for a job or preparing for your licensing, it may sometimes be necessary to get a temp job. Some of these temp jobs help fulfil the “Canadian experience” requirement and may even be a way into the organization for other roles. If you do decide to get a survival or alternative job, ensure that you make out time to continue your job search and attend interviews. If it a survival job, keep at the back of your mind that the role is a stopgap and continue all efforts towards your dream job.


Several recruitment agencies place for temporary jobs, and so do many organizations such as Amazon. Recruitment agencies also advertise on public transit so keep on the lookout while commuting via bus, train or subway.

Find below links to two major recruitment agencies that are efficient for quickly placing candidates into temp jobs (and non-temp jobs for that matter).

Nova Scotia Works

Nova Scotia Works: Your Job is Our Job

Are you looking for work? Sometimes, finding a job is a two-person job.

Before taking the first step towards a new job, you need to know the right direction. Our centres throughout the province have experts on hand to help you create a path to success.

Are you looking to hire? To find the perfect employee, you need the perfect partner.

Getting the best person for the job starts by getting the best guidance for the search. Our centres throughout Nova Scotia have experts on hand to help you discover all the talent our province has to offer.

Get started by contacting your local Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre.

Look for this logo at a centre near you

TEAM Work
501-7051 Bayers Road
Halifax NS B3L 2C1
902-422-8900
902-420-3992
TeamWorkbridge.org

Job Junction
6950 Mumford Road
Halifax Shopping Centre Annex
Halifax NS B3L 4W1
902-455-9675
902-453-2345
contact @ jobjunction . ca
Jobjunction.ca

Opportunity Place Career Resource Centre
108 Cobequid Road, Suite 100
Lower Sackville NS B4C 2N2
902-864-7520
902-869-3836
staff @ opportunityplace . ca
opportunityplace.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
2269 Gottingen Street
Halifax NS B3K 3B7
902-425-3464
902-425-3120
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
14-118 Wyse Road
Dartmouth NS B3A 1N7
902-461-2513
902-461-4622
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
22756 Highway # 7
Sheet Harbour NS B0J 3B0
902-885-2810
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
5 Cumberland Drive (Cumberland Plaza)
Cole Harbour NS B2V 2T6
902-462-6871
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
1515 Main Road
Eastern Passage NS B3G 1M7
902-461-8260
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
12335 Highway 224
Musquodoboit NS B0N 2H0
902-384-2390
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
5228 Highway 7
Porters Lake NS B3E 1J8
902-827-5110
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
35 Wilfred Jackson Way
Dartmouth NS B2Z 1A8
902-466-7649
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 1E9
902-461-2513
ymcansworks.ca

YMCA Employment Centre
North Recreation Centre
44 Simmonds Road
North Preston, NS B2Z 1A3
902-461-2513 (Call for office hours)
ymcansworks.ca

Opportunity Place in Partnership with TEAM Work
2120 Hammonds Plains Road, Unit 3
Hammonds Plains, NS B4P 1P3
902-422-8900 (Call for office hours)
Opportunityplace.ca

TEAM Work
Keshen Goodman Public Library
330 Lacewood Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 0A3
902-422-8900 (Call for office hours)
Teamworkbridge.org

Job Junction
Captain William Spry Centre (Library)
16 Sussex Street
Halifax, NS B3R 2J7
902-455-9675 (Call for office hours)
Jobjunction.ca

Interventions

The 2 organizations below provide employment services to specific populations:

Immigrants and new Canadians

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
6960 Mumford Road, suite 2120
Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
902-423-3607
isans.ca

Youth


Phoenix Learning & Employment Centre
6169 Quinpool Road, suite 220
Halifax, NS B3L 4P8
902-431-9111
phoenixyouth.ca

Cape Breton

Northside Economic Development Assistance Corp. (NEDAC)
116 King Street, Unit #4
North Sydney, B2A 3R7
902-794-7213
902-794-4766
jobshop @ nedac . ca
northsideemployment.com

Northside Economic Development Assistance Corp. (NEDAC)
503 Chebucto Street,
Baddeck NS B0E 1B0
902-295-1649
902-295-1437
mel @ nedac . ca
northsideemployment.com

Northside Economic Development Assistance Corp. (NEDAC)
36243 Cabot Trail, PO Box 233
Ingonish NS B0C 1K0
902-285-2696
902-285-2680
derrick.hawley @ ns . aliantzinc . ca
northsideemployment.com

Island Employment Association
500 George Street, Suite 100
Sydney NS B1P 1K6
902-539-5673
902-539-6226
info @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

Island Employment Association
811 Reeves Street Unit 6
Port Hawkesbury NS B9A 2S4
902-625-0001
902-625-2361
pproctor @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

Island Employment Association
15122 Cabot Trail
Cheticamp NS B0E 1H0
902-224-2117
902-224-2117
msaucoin @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

Island Employment Association
15792 Central Avenue
Inverness, NS B0E 1NO
902-258-3513
902-258-2441
lmacdonald @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

Island Employment Association
10036 Grenville Street
St. Peters NS B0E 3B0
902-625-0001 (Call for office hours)
902-625-2361
pproctor @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

Island Employment Association
17 Conney’s Lane
Arichat NS B0E 1A0
902-625-0001 (Call for office hours)
902-625-2361
pproctor @ islandemployment . ca
islandemployment.ca

YMCA Employment Centre (CB)
399 Charlotte Street
Sydney NS B1P 1E3
902-564-9151
902-564-3063
resource.sydney @ cb . ymca . ca
capebreton.ymca.ca

YMCA Employment Centre (CB)
106 Reserve Street
Glace Bay NS B1A 4W5
902-849-5500
902-849-0314
resource.gb @ cb . ymca . ca
capebreton.ymca.ca

YMCA Employment Centre (CB)
479 Heelan Street
New Waterford NS B1H 3C6
902-862-8856
902-862-3876
resource.newwaterford @ cb . ymca . ca
capebreton.ymca.ca

Northern Region

Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA)
63 Victoria Street East
Amherst NS B4H 1C5
902-661-1509 Ext. 221
902-661-4062
Elizabeth.cooke.sumbu @ cansa . ca
cansa.ca

Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA)
166 Junction Road, Highway #2
Springhill NS B0M 1X0
902-661-1509 Ext. 221 (Call for office hours)
902-661-4062
Elizabeth.cooke.sumbu @ cansa . ca
cansa.ca

Futureworx
15 Commerce Court, Suite 110
Elmsdale NS B2S 3K5
902-883-7010
902-883-7054
jan @ futureworx . ca
futureworx.ca

Futureworx
42 Inglis Street
Truro NS B2N 4B4
902-893-6859
902-893-0097
janetd @ futureworx . ca
futureworx.ca

Futureworx
229 Main Street
Tatamagouche NS B0K 1V0
902-657-0180 (Call for office hours)
902-657-0420
janetd @ futureworx . ca
futureworx.ca

Career Connections
138 Campbell Street, Unit 202
New Glasgow NS B2H 5X9
844-344-1369 (Toll Free)
information @ careerconnections . ca
careerconnections.ca

Career Connections
50 James Street,
Antigonish NS B2G 1R7
844-344-1369 (Toll Free)
information @ careerconnections . ca
careerconnections.ca

Career Connections
9996 Highway 16, Unit C
Chedabucto Centre
Guysborough NS B0H 1N0
844-344-1369 (Toll Free) (Call for office hours)
information @ careerconnections . ca
careerconnections.ca

Career Connections
990 Union Street
Canso NS B0H 1H0
844-344-1369 (Toll Free) (Call for office hours)
information @ careerconnections . ca
careerconnections.ca

Career Connections
Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s
8296 Hwy #7 P.O. Box 296
Sherbrooke NS B0J 3CO
844-344-1369 (Toll Free) (Call for office hours)
information @ careerconnections . ca
careerconnections.ca

South Shore /Valley

Southwest Employment Services
Pier One Complex
103 Water Street
Yarmouth NS B5A 4P4
902-742-5859
866-868-9673 (Toll Free)
902-742-5861
info @ swemployment . com
swemployment.com

Southwest Employment Services
3588 Highway 3
Barrington Passage NS B0W 1W0
902-637-3015
866-868-9673 (Toll Free)
902-742-5861
info @ swemployment . com
swemployment.com

Southwest Employment Services
25D King Street
Shelburne NS B0W 1W0
902-875-2200
866-868-9673 (Toll Free)
902-265-2120
info @ swemployment . com
swemployment.com

Southwest Employment Services
26 North Street
Lockeport, NS B0T 1L0
902-875-6597
866-868-9673 (Toll Free)
info @ swemployment . com
swemployment.com

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDENE)
1649 Highway 1, Box 3
Church Point, NS B0W 1M0
902-769-3284
902-769-3294
fthimot @ cdene . ns . ca
cdene.ns.ca

Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDENE)
1 Slocumb Crescent
Tusket, NS B0W 3M0
902-648-0573
902-648-3525
fthimot @ cdene . ns . ca
cdene.ns.ca

PeopleWorx
11 Opportunity Lane
Coldbrook NS B4R 0A5
902-679-7460
866-609-9675 (Toll Free)
902-679-7453
contact @ peopleworx . ca
peopleworx.ca

PeopleWorx
298 Marshall Street
Middleton NS B0S 1P0
902-825-3118
866-609-9675 (Toll Free)
902-363-3031
contact @ peopleworx . ca
peopleworx.ca

PeopleWorx
253 Street George Street
Annapolis Royal NS B0S 1A0
902-532-0605
866-609-9675 (Toll Free)
902-532-0769
contact @ peopleworx . ca
peopleworx.ca

Avon Region Community Development Association
80 Water Street, Windsor Mall
Windsor NS B0N 2T0
902-798-5627
902-798-6644
info @ arcda . ca
arcda.ca

Employment Solutions
215 Dominion Street
Bridgewater NS B4V 2K7
902-543-2479
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
902-543-0284
info @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Employment Solutions
176 Main Street
Liverpool NS B0T 1K0
902-356-2039
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
902-356-2269
info @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Employment Solutions Society
Our Health Centre, 3769 Highway # 3
Chester NS, B0J 1J0
902-275-8178 (Call for office hours)
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
902-543-0284
info @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Employment Solutions
10 Pte. Richard Green Lane
Hubbards NS B0J 1T0
902-858-5627 (Call for office hours)
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
902-543-0284
jlecky @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Employment Solutions
North Queens Hub
9793 Highway 8
Caledonia, NS
902-543-2479 (Call for office hours)
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
info @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Employment Solutions
North Queens Medical Centre
9698 Highway 8
Caledonia, NS
902-543-2479 (Call for office hours)
866-711-0411 (Toll Free)
info @ empsolutions . ca
empsolutions.ca

Valley African Nova Scotia Development Association
61 Webster Street
Kentville NS B4N 1H6
902-678-7410
866-313-8267 (Toll Free)
info @ vansda . ca
vansda.ca

Community Inclusion Society in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association — Kings
61 Webster Street
Kentville NS B4N 1H6
902-679-7469
866-313-8267 (Toll Free)
info @ communityinc . ca

ISIS Nova Scotia changes name to avo >An organization that helps new immigrants settle in Nova Scotia unveiled its new name on Wednesday in an effort to avoid being associated with a terrorist group.

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New name stands for Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

An organization that helps new immigrants settle in Nova Scotia unveiled its new name on Wednesday in an effort to avoid being associated with a terrorist group.

The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services agency in Halifax is now known as the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, or ISANS.

On their website, ISANS said the name of their organization is the only thing that’s changed — the essence of the group will remain the same.

Last month, the organization said the old name became a problem because it was a shared acronym with the jihadist group ISIS — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The immigration group said at one point the connotation was so bad, staff were embarrassed to wear their name tags and partners were unwilling to say their name at public events.

The main concern for the group was the reaction of clients from Syria and Iraq, where the terrorist group is operating.

ISIS, the terrorist group, is often referred to in other ways. Some call it ISIL, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

ISANS said it was hoping the name ISIS wouldn’t stick, but it did and forced the name change.

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