The Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration offers a number of services to help you settle into your new community. Let us help. All services provided by CBICI are FREE!



We can help you register for a family doctor and connect you with other medical services. We will also support you through the process of obtaining a Nova Scotia Health Card.

Driver’s Licence

Begin the process of getting a Nova Scotia Driver’s Licence by visiting the Access Nova Scotia office: 380 Kings Road, Sydney.


We’ll help you register your child in school or recreation programs — and help you understand what to expect from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education.

Government Applications

We’ll guide you through your Permanent Residency, Canada Child Benefit, and/or Post-Grad Work Permit process. Find our more at

Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

We’re an IRCC-designated Settlement Provider for the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP). Find out how we can help!

Daily Life

English Classes

There are FREE English language supports available for newcomer in Nova Scotia. We’ll help you find the right support for you.


We’ll support you with information about your banking options, and other financial literacy supports.

Income Taxes

We’ll connect you to the volunteer Income Tax Program if you qualify. If you don’t qualify, we’ll connect you to other helpful tax resources. Learn more at:

Community Engagement

We create and help navigate opportunities for integration and inclusion for newcomers, organizations, and the community-at-large.

  • Connecting with sports and recreation opportunities
  • Networking and community events
  • Orientation to local services
  • Connecting with volunteer opportunities

Public Transit

Do you need to take the bus? You’ll find the transit maps for the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) here:



We will connect you with employment supports, such as:

  • Resume writing
  • Job search
  • Interview preparation
  • Business development
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities
  • Financial literacy

International Students/Grads

Looking for connections to employment, volunteer, and entrepreneurial opportunities? Networking? Employment workshops? Social events? We can help!