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Students with families

Employment for partners/spouses

The Job Junction, Opportunity Place and NS works can help you with workshops or advice about finding employment in Nova Scotia.
The Connector Program is a great way to grow your professional network of contacts. The program is active in:

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is based in Halifax. Please contact  to register.
Sometimes, the YMCA Employment Centre may offer employment advice to clients on temporary work permits.   

Language for partners/spouses

Halifax Public Libraries offer English Conversation Groups that are free and open to everyone. If you don’t live in Halifax or Dartmouth, contact your local library.

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) in Halifax and offers basic language support to clients who have a work permit. You can have a volunteer tutor or join conversation groups. Please contact  to register.

The Valley Community Learning Association (Kentville and Middleton) offers English classes open to everyone.

Your local YMCA might also organize informal newcomer and conversation groups.

In Truro, the Colchester Adult Learning Association (CALA) supports adults with reading and writing literacy skills.

Nova Scotia has several private language schools where you can enrol and learn English. You may use the 
Languages Canada website to find an accredited language school.


You should start looking for childcare services as soon as you start finalizing your move to Nova Scotia, as wait lists to place your child are long. Here you can learn how to find childcare close to your area.

Enrolling your child in school

Watch this video to learn step by step how to enrol your child in school.
Each school has a parent navigator that you can contact for advice. In order to find one, refer to the Regional Centre for Education of your community.

Other resources are available here.


Being the partner/spouse of an international student can be a bit lonely at times, especially if you don’t know anyone and if your significant other is busy with school.

Moving with your pets

All animals entering Canada must meet import requirements. To check specific important requirements for cats, dogs and other pets, check this page.

Unfortunately, finding accommodation that is pet-friendly is very difficult. Consider bringing your pet to Nova Scotia once you have secured accommodation that accepts them.