Who WE ARE
The Atlantic Region Association of Immigrants Serving Agencies (a.k.a. ARAISA) is a non-profit umbrella organization that has been providing support to the settlement and integration sector in Atlantic Canada for the past 25 years.
ARAISA currently counts 12 Anglophone and Francophone member organizations in the beautiful provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The number of members is on the rise and saw an increase of 71% in 2018.
We are a growing organization and we continuously strive to increase the representation of the sector through our membership.
Our ultimate goal is to help settlement and integration organizations in the region fulfill their mission and help newcomers create a new life in Atlantic Canada.
ARAISA is an umbrella association which serves as a collective voice and forum for members who are committed to the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in the Atlantic region.
Member organizations are more effective as a result of ARAISA’s initiatives to support the sector and its contributions to regional and national forums.
ARAISA is proud to be a member of and participate in several national and regional networks
Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI)
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR). A national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.
Government-Assisted Refugee-Resettlement Assistance Program (GAR-RAP) Working Group
An IRCC-led body that provides IRCC and RAP settlement organizations with a platform to share information and views on program and policy issues related to RAP and GARs; and to make recommendations and advise IRCC on how to ensure that GARs and other RAP eligible clients receive the support necessary to successfully settle and adapt to life in Canada.
National Settlement Council (NSC)
An alliance of Sector organizations, provincial and federal governments are joined in the NSC to work together on integration and settlement issues in Canada.
Pathways to Prosperity
Pathways to Prosperity: Canada (P2P). An alliance of university, community, and government partners dedicated to fostering welcoming communities and promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Canada