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 Pilot (AIP)

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

Daily Life

English Classes

There are FREE English language classes for newcomers in Nova Scotia. We’ll help you register in the right level.


We’ll help you choose a bank and create a budget for the types of monthly expenses you can expect in Canada.

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

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Public Transit

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



We can help you with:

  • 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!