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Bringing business home


Innovacorp is an early-stage venture capital organization that helps new Nova Scotian entrepreneurs launch their technology start-ups. The company is a designated organization with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Start-up Visa program pilot project, which runs until 2018. The program allows angel investors, venture capital firms, and business incubators to …

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Kids will be kids


Since January, 42 new students from Syria started attending Duc d’Anville Elementary school in Clayton Park. The school already featured a diverse population as about 40 per cent of the 300 plus students speak English as a second language. “We’re used to having people from diverse backgrounds,” says principal Ken …

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Definitely not lying down on the job


Chen Qing didn’t like his job. Going door-to-door making appointments for a student painting company and earning just $10 per appointment booked meant a lot of effort for little return, especially while attending Saint Mary’s University. It wasn’t the experience he imagined when he came to Halifax from China in …

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A running start


Many immigrants to Nova Scotia arrive with the passion to start a business, but while they may bring the drive to succeed, they can lack the local knowledge to find success. That’s where the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) can help. Even newcomers who arrive speaking English might …

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Networking for newcomers


The YMCA of Halifax can be a great resource for newcomers to Halifax. In addition to providing programs for youth and children that can help them make friends in their new home, the YMCA will help immigrants connect to a professional network. Barbara Miller Nix, the chief operating officer of …

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New opportunities for new Canadians


Nova Scotia offers immigrants with permanent residence status many opportunities to build out the workplace experience portions of their resumes. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education offers several programs, including START, which provides incentives to small- and medium-sized employers to hire individuals requiring work experience. Another, One Journey Work …

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