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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

Resources

Newcomer's Guide to Halifax

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

https://newinhalifax.ca/


Receive Payment

Federal Child Benefit:

https://www.canada.ca/.../canada-child-benefit-overview.html


Nova Scotian Child Benefit (NSCB):

https://www.canada.ca/.../provi.../province-nova-scotia.html


GST/HST credit:

https://www.canada.ca/.../goods-services-tax-harmonized...


Save Cost from Your Own Pocket

Childcare subsidy:

https://www.ednet.ns.ca/.../families/childcaresubsidy.shtml


Prescription deduction: Nova Scotia Family Pharmacare

https://novascotia.ca/dhw/pharmacare/family-pharmacare.asp


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

https://novascotia.ca/.../Dental-Facts-Children-En.pdf


Transit pass 50% off:

https://www.halifax.ca/.../low-income-transit-pass-program


Recreation programs100% or 50% off:

https://www.halifax.ca/.../recreation-funding-access...


Property tax assistance:

https://www.halifax.ca/.../tax-bill-payment-assistance


Game center membership fee assistance:

https://canadagamescentre.ca/.../membersh.../fee-assistance/


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

https://tc.canada.ca/.../list-eligible-vehicles-under...


Canada Student Aid (grant/loan):

https://www.canada.ca/.../stu.../grants-loans/full-time.html


Money You Can Spend in the Future

Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG):

https://www.canada.ca/.../education.../savings-grant.html


Canada Learning Bond:

https://www.canada.ca/.../emp.../services/learning-bond.html


Free Social Assistance

Immigrant service: ISANS

https://isans.ca/


Employment support: TEAM Work Cooperative

https://teamworkcooperative.ca/


Employer networking: Halifax Partnership

https://halifaxpartnership.com/


Birth support: Doula

https://www.novascotiadoulas.org/


Make healthy life choices: Open door

https://opendoorcentre.com/