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.

In a nutshell, this is what we do:

facilitate an information exchange process among newcomer serving agencies

act as a collective voice representing the interests of immigrants, refugees, service providers and service organizations

encourage the training and professional development of settlement staff

assist the government in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs

Download our strategic plan one-pager and learn more about 2019-2024 strategic directions!

ARAISA is proud to be a member of and participate in several national and regional networks

Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI)
The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI). The immigrant settlement sector’s pan-Canadian voice. A national corporation whose purpose is to harness the expertise of the immigrant settlement sector and to act as the sector’s national voice to help build a Canadian society in which all immigrants and refugees are able to participate fully.
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR)

logo Canadian Council for Refugees - Conseil canadien pour les réfugiésThe 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


Download our annual reports and learn more about what we have been doing in the past years!


Annual Report


Annual Report


Annual Report