ARAISA is a member of and participates in several national and regional networks.
Representing you, ARAISA is the voice of the Atlantic Canada Settlement and Integration sector.
National Settlement and Integration Council (NSIC)
NSIC is an alliance of sector organizations and provincial and federal governments working together on integration and settlement issues in Canada. They meet in-person and online throughout the year.
The NSIC meets online regularly. Here are the notes of the meetings:
- December 10, 2021 (and background documents here)
- April 27, 2021
- December 7, 2020
- June 15, 2020
- May 11, 2020
- March 26, 2020
- March 24, 2020
- March 20, 2020
IRCC conducted a survey among Francophone settlement service providers to understand the impacts of COVID-19 and to assess their needs. They shared the results with NSIC members in June 2020. Access the results
The last NSIC in-person meeting was held in December 2019, in Saskatoon.
It was a very full two days of meetings with IRCC and expanded representation from various provincial, regional and national bodies and levels of government, preceded by a day of national sector meetings. Highlights of the meeting
There are also a number of NSIC-appointed working groups, here is a summary chart to learn more.
Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI)
CISSA-ACSEI is the immigrant settlement sector’s pan-Canadian voice. A national advocate for the sector, CISSA-ACSEI members meet several times a year to gauge the sector’s pulse and to bring forward any issues that may arise, in order to propose solutions and raise awareness among the authorities.
Your representatives in this national body are Jennifer Watts (ISANS, NS), Megan Morris (Association for New Canadians, NL) and Carolyn Whiteway (ARAISA).
During COVID-19, CISSA-ACSEI compiled the sector’s questions to IRCC regarding settlement and integration. They are also compiling IRCC responses. IRCC answers as of July 7, 2020
In January 2021, CISSA-ACSEI members and OCASI reached out to IRCC to raise some questions related to the negotiations of year 2 of the current CA.See the document sent to IRCC