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Settlement Support

Settlement supports at your service

Beginning your new life in Nova Scotia is easy. Newcomers and their families have access to a broad network of wrap-around supports to help you settle and integrate into your new home.

Pre-arrival services will help you prepare for your trip to Nova Scotia. Consult this before-you-arrive checklist for a helpful outline of everything you should know and do to help make your integration as seamless as possible.

Once you arrive in Nova Scotia, you should apply for the necessary documentation you need to live, work, and access healthcare in your new home. Here’s how to apply for a Permanent Resident card, Social Insurance Number, and Health Card.

As you settle into your life in Nova Scotia, there are resources available that offer ongoing support to help you really feel at home. Learn more about helpful resources related to money and taxes, employment, childcare, housing, and language learning.

Of course, once you’ve decided on a Nova Scotia community to call home, you’ll have to find somewhere to live. And there are a few supports designed to help you with this. MedsHousing is an international housing service for healthcare professionals and their families—visit MedsHousing to find rental listings in Nova Scotia. Happipad is a rental housing service that matches homeowners and prospective renters—visit Happipad for help finding affordable, safe, and comfortable housing in communities across the province.

If you will be moving here with your spouse, we offer a spousal support program that can help your partner navigate the local job market, build connections, and prepare for potential job interviews. Industries that offer strong employment possibilities include agriculture & fisheries, tourism & hospitality, information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy.