ARAISA is an umbrella group for organizations providing immigrant settlement services
in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.


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)

“CISSA-ACSEI is 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 réfugiés“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 and Integration Council (NSIC)

An alliance of Sector organizations, provincial and federal governments are joined in the NSIC to work together on integration and settlement issues in Canada.

Pathways to Prosperity

“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