Newcomer Resources

A list of helpful resources for those who are new to Nova Scotia.

A message from Grant Wu

"I'm Grant looking for grants. I have only lived here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for 3 years. It’s widely known that financial and social assistance from the government and society are so important to families who live here. Especially for new immigrants and international students. So I made a list with official links for benefits and support that I feel may help – for your reference. Each of them has different eligibility, but it doesn’t hurt to take a look and try!"

- Grant Wu

Newcomers Ministry Leader


Newcomer's Guide to Halifax

This website includes information on banking, housing, education, and more:

Receive Payment

Federal Child Benefit:

Nova Scotian Child Benefit (NSCB):

GST/HST credit:

Save Cost from Your Own Pocket

Childcare subsidy:

Prescription deduction: Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare

Free dental treatment for kids under age 15: MSI Children’s Oral Health Program

Transit pass 50% off:

Recreation programs100% or 50% off:

Property tax assistance:

Game center membership fee assistance:

The Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program:

Canada Student Aid (grant/loan):

Money You Can Spend in the Future

Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG):

Canada Learning Bond:

Free Social Assistance

Immigrant service: ISANS

Employment support: TEAM Work Cooperative

Employer networking: Halifax Partnership

Birth support: Doula

Make healthy life choices: Open door