By sharing relevant resources, we want to help all settlement and integration service providers in Atlantic Canada be at the top of their game when serving immigrants and refugees.

If you are looking for something specific and can’t find it on our website, check out, a bilingual National Settlement Sector Community of Practice (CoP) where staff, leaders and those in related fields can learn, share, connect and collaborate. A real treasure trove!


You may have noticed that professionals in the sector use a lot of acronyms!
To help you navigate this alphabet soup, we’ve created this handy list. Keep it close, you might need it!

Professional Development

Through our Professional Development (PD) events, we provide front-line settlement workers, managers and team leads with the latest knowledge, skills and expertise regarding the settlement and integration sector.

Here is what ARAISA PD sessions bring to the sector:

  • Organizations are better equipped to serve immigrants and refugees
  • Newcomers’ settlement needs are better known and responded to
  • Staff are better supported and guided
  • Responsive and professional programs are created
  • Good practices and knowledge are shared
  • Capacity is strengthened across the region


of participants were satisfied or very satisfied*


indicated that the information received will be useful to their work*


said that the presenters were knowledgeable*

“Meeting people who work in the same field around the Atlantic region was really great!”*

“Talking about Life skills was so useful, and gave me new ideas which I can use with my clients.”*

*Based on the evaluation of the November 2018 “How Best to Support Immigrant Youth”

Past Professional Development resources

You can also browse the Courses on to find training sessions on a specific topic.
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Report: Trauma & Resilience-Informed Approaches to Mental Health – October 2019
Report: How Best To Support Immigrant Youth – November 2018
Report: Connecting Community Connections – November 2017
Report: Resettlement Assistance Program PD – December 2016


Webinars are a popular, convenient way to gain information, develop skills, and stay current on relevant issues. ARAISA is pleased to provide sector staff and others with valuable content that will assist you in your work with newcomers.

You can either participate in the webinars live or you can watch the recording at a time that is more convenient for you.

In February 2020, we hosted a series of two webinars on mental health. You didn’t attend?

If you really love webinars, you’ll find lots more at! (Please note that you will need to log in to access the resources.)


Each event and research initiative that we conduct, or are a partner of, leads to a report. And because we know you don’t always have the time to read a 40-page document, we try to keep it short. To make it even easier for you, we’ve summarized some reports as infographics!

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Learning and Strengthening Together

Service Provider Organization Consultation
ARAISA, February 2019
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Settlement Program Priorities for the Atlantic Region

ARAISA and Société Nationale de l’Acadie(SNA)
Fall 2018
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Atlantic Immigration Pilot Meeting, Summary of Participant Recommendations

ARAISA, April 2018
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