Help for refugees in Halifax

Help for refugees in Halifax

If you have recently arrived in Canada as a refugee and are living in Halifax, you can get free access to all Halifax Transit services and recreation facilities and programs for one year with a Welcomed in Halifax pass.

The "Welcomed in Halifax" pass also offers free admission to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural HistoryArt Gallery of Nova Scotia and Canada Games Centre.

How can I get a Welcomed in Halifax pass?

The pass is free to protected persons living in the Halifax region, including:

·   government assisted refugees

·   privately sponsored refugees

·   refugees coming with the blended visa office-referred program

·   refugee claimants who have had their refugee process approved by the Canada Refugee Board

·   Ukrainian nationals coming under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) program

To qualify, you must have arrived (or had your status approved) after November 24, 2015.

Where do I get the Welcomed in Halifax card?

The Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) will provide you with your Welcomed in Halifax card. All private sponsors must contact ISANS to collect the cards. The Halifax Refugee Clinic can also contact ISANS to help get your card for you.

For Ukranian nationals, starting in June of 2023 ISANS will no longer be the point of distribution for the Welcome in Halifax Pass. Please visit for updates on new location.