Immigrating to Canada?
Arrive Prepared.

Develop skills for your job search and improve your communication skills for the Canadian workplace.

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA)
delivers pre-arrival orientation, employment and workplace culture communication support for immigrants focusing on job search, job readiness and job retention

About SOPA

SOPA was created to improve connections between pre-arrival and post arrival services using Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia’s (ISANS) suite of professional online tools. SOPA’s professional orientation and courses ensures that immigrants develop job search and communication skills and arrive in Canada better prepared, more confident and enter the workforce sooner.
SOPA is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Skills Development

Participate in facilitated, interactive and informative online courses designed to prepare you for working in Canada.


Learn about the essential skills necessary to find a job and be successful in your Canadian workplace.

Connect to Resources

Connect to key settlement and job search websites and supports before you arrive.



Soft Skills: Professional Communication

Explore different types of interactions and learn about culturally appropriate communication and behaviours for the Canadian workplace. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 4 weeks. Read more...

Soft Skills: Working with Others

Learn about Canadian workplace culture and the effects culture has on how we communicate with each other. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 4 weeks. Read more...

Job Search Strategies

Learn and practice skills to be more competitive for positions in the Canadian labour market. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 6 weeks. Read more...

Self-Directed Study

Canadian Workplace Integration

Learn how to adapt, the importance of communication styles, how to expand soft skills using cultural communication, working with differences and understanding power dynamics in the Canadian workplace. Time required: 2-4 hours per week. Read more...

Working in Canada

Learn about the unique characteristics of the Canadian workplace and how to integrate effectively into your field of employment in Canada. Time required: 2-4 hours per week. Read more...


To be eligible to take SOPA courses you must:

Live outside Canada

Have received approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to immigrate to Canada

Have an English level (IELTS) 5.5 or higher

Have access to a computer and high speed Internet

How to Get Started

Step 1

Prepare required documents and Client ID from IRCC

Have one of the following documents
  • A confirmation of Permanent Residence document
  • A letter notifying pick up of Canadian visa (visa for permanent resident applicants only)
  • A request for medical examination letter
  • A passport request letter
  • A Canadian visa (but have not landed in Canada yet)
  • An IRCC invitation letter to obtain pre-arrival services

Step 2 Most Popular!

Complete the registration form

Follow these steps
  • Click on the registration link below
  • Fill in the registration form
  • Upload the required documents
  • Click submit
  • Expect an email from us confirming your registration

Step 3

Meet with your SOPA Intake Counsellor online

Start Your Journey
  • Schedule an appointment with an Intake Counsellor
  • Receive your SOPA Action Plan and course enrollment details