Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA) was officially formed in 1994 as a regional body to represent the needs of settlement-integration agencies throughout the Atlantic Provinces. ARAISA currently has member agencies from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. ARAISA serves as a collective voice and regional forum for members committed to settlement and integration of immigrants in the Atlantic region. Collectively, these groups employ over 500 individuals, have the support of over 1,000 volunteers, and serve almost 10,000 immigrants annually.

Mandate and Objectives

ARAISA’s mandate is to identify and address the needs and concerns of immigrants and immigrant service providers and agencies in the Atlantic Region.


  • to facilitate the information exchange process among immigrant serving agencies
  • to act as a collective voice representing the interests of newcomers, service providers, and service organizations
  • to encourage the training and professional development of settlement staff
  • to assist government in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs

Current Membership

  • PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, Charlottetown, PE
  • Association for New Canadians (ANC), St. John’s, NL
  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Halifax, NS
  • Halifax Regional School Board Adult EAL, Halifax, NS
  • YMCA Immigrant Services, Halifax, NS
  • Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Fredericton, NB
  • Saint John Y Newcomer Connections, Saint John, NB
  • Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), Moncton, NB

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