2016 - 2018
ISANS, Halifax NS
Telephone: (902) 423-3607
ANC, St. John's NL
Telephone: (709) 726-6885
Lisa Bamford De Gante
Multicultural Association of Fredericton NB
Telephone: (506) 454 8292
PEI ANC, Charlottetown PEI
Telephone: (902) 628-6009, ext. 213
For general inquiries, please use our contact form.
Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA) was 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 is a regional umbrella association which serves as a collective voice and regional forum for members committed to settlement and integration of immigrants in the Atlantic region.
ARAISA receives funding through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
Please note that ARAISA is only able to provide services in English at this time, due to limited resources.
ARAISA's mandate is to identify and to address the needs and concerns of immigrants and immigrant service providers and agencies in the Atlantic Region.
The vision of ARAISA is to:
- Be a community focused umbrella organization of not-for-profit members who collaborate to enhance the development of settlement and integration of immigrants in the Atlantic Region.
- Foster collaboration between all levels of government, business and community groups with respect to settlement and integration.
- Serve as a catalyst for change, innovation, professional development and information exchange in support of excellence among members.
- Serve as the recognized voice on policy and program initiatives of member organizations in Atlantic Canada as they create welcoming and diverse communities.
The objectives of ARAISA are to:
- Facilitate an information exchange process among immigrant serving agencies;
- Act as a collective voice representing the interests of newcomers, service providers, and service organizations;
- Encourage the training and professional development of settlement staff; and
- Assist government in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs.