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Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA)

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 11 member agencies from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

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


  • Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), Moncton, NB
  • Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc, Fredericton, NB
  • University of New Brunswick English Language Program, Fredericton, NB
  • YM-YWCA of Saint John, Saint John, NB
  • Halifax Regional School Board-ESL, Halifax, NS
  • Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services, Halifax, NS
  • Metro-Region Immigrant Language Services, Halifax, NS
  • YMCA Newcomer Center, Halifax, NS
  • Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI
  • PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, Charlottetown, PEI
  • Association for New Canadians (ANC), St. John’s, NF

ARAISA Atlantic Settlement Conference
Established in 1994, the Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA) is an umbrella organization dedicated to improving the settlement and integration experience of newcomers to Canada. Each year ARAISA hosts an annual conference which brings together settlement services providers, community stakeholders, government representatives as well as delegates from the immigrant community to participate in policy and issue based workshops. The goal of this conference is to facilitate improved newcomer settlement and integration, foster cross-cultural awareness, encourage strong partnerships and promote the Atlantic region as a desirable resettlement destination.

ARAISA 2010 Conference Report - French

ARAISA 2010 Conference Report - English