Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA)

Pre-arrival Services – Employment

The Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program offers help to immigrants before they arrive in Canada. This includes a one-on-one orientation, job search support, employment counselling, and workplace culture training.

We also can also provide referrals to other post-arrival services upon entry to Canada.

To find out more and apply, check the eligibility criteria and the application form below.


This program is for people who:

  • Currently live outside of Canada
  • Have access to high-speed internet

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

  • Have an English level (IELTS) 5.5+

Program Description

This program is for anyone who has NOT yet arrived in Canada.

To take part in the program you must provide one of the following immigration documents:

  • A confirmation of Permanent Residence document
  • A request for a medical examination letter (for Permanent Resident applicants only)
  • A passport request letter
  • A Canadian Visa
  • An IRCC invitation letter to obtain pre-arrival services

Attend a private information session

After you register, book an appointment with your Intake Counsellor. They will help you plan your career goals.

Free courses

There are several free courses you can take to prepare for your move to Canada. Your Intake Counsellor can suggest ones that meet your settlement and career goals. Course topics include:

  • Job Search Strategies
  • Soft Skills
  • Workplace Integration

Free Employment Counselling

Your Employment Counsellor will also do a detailed skills assessment to help you find a job in Canada.

If you are looking for pre-arrival settlement help, our Planning for Canada program is perfect for you!


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Is the SOPA program free?

Yes! Our SOPA pre-arrival services are for clients who have received approval of their immigration application and have not arrived in Canada yet. All our tools, resources, and courses designed to help you return to your profession in Canada are free of charge.

Can I take SOPA program courses after landing?

Unfortunately, no. Our SOPA employment courses are only designed for pre-arrival clients, so we highly encourage you to complete our Job Search Strategies and Soft Skills Courses before your arrival to get the most out of them. Once you have landed in Canada, you will be referred to appropriate post-arrival services that can assist you further with employment, settlement, and English classes and testing.

Is this program necessary for Immigration purposes?

The SOPA program is not a mandatory program. It is one of many pre-arrival programs that help professional newcomers understand the current labour market of their professions in Canada, improve their job search strategies, refresh their soft skills, and enter the workforce with more ease and confidence.

Does the SOPA program match clients with job opportunities while still living abroad?

The SOPA program helps you arrive prepared for the Canadian Labour Market. This is done through the information shared through our courses as well as meeting with an experienced SOPA employment specialist from your province of destination. This will allow you to learn about the latest job market information for your field. During your employment counselling session, you can receive coaching in setting career goals and becoming more confident when engaging with Canadian employers. Your employment specialist can also provide you with clear next steps for your employment journey.


SOPA courses helped me develop and gain knowledge of the new professional world with its different language, rules and formalities. With the SOPA team support and constructive reviews, I was able to achieve the goal that I have been dreaming of.

I will always owe my early success in this competitive job market, to SOPA and the excellent team!

Thank you for providing me with all the tools which helped me gain employment in my first weeks of my arrival and helping me start my new life on a positive note.


In partnership with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

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