BDCANS is a voluntary organization aim to promote and preserve Bangladeshi culture in the midst of multicultural societies in Nova Scotia. As an organization, BDCANS DOES NOT provide any Immigration OR VISA service. 

However, if you need information about settlement in Nova Scotia, you can follow BDCANS Facebook Group OR email at: 

Before And After Coming To Halifax 

Please try to take direct flight from London to Halifax if possible, even if you need to pay some extra dollar. If Halifax is not your first city to land in Canada then make sure you have at least 5 hours to the next connecting flight to Halifax as it will take time for collecting luggage, immigration process etc.

Make sure to bring Permanent residence confirmation, visa, clothing for the winter including traditional Bangladeshi clothes , all of your certificates, professionals works, reference letters from previous jobs, medical prescriptions, records, dental files, optical prescriptions, children’s immunization record, do cheap shipment planning, international credit cards, travelers cheque, Canadian dollars, international driving license, school records of the children, marriage certificate etc.

If there is any luggage missing don’t worry just inform the airport officers at the Montreal airport as it is your first city in Canada to collect your luggage. If there is long queue and your time is approaching please inform security officers about it to take you front of the line as family having kids will have priority.

It is a bit difficult to rent an apartment from outside of Canada. Even if you manage to rent an apartment from outside of Canada, you need to sign a 12 months lease and some reason you do not like it, you can’t terminate the lease before its expiry date. So, I will strongly recommend you to view the property before sign a lease. Find a temporary place (Air bnb) for initial 1/2 weeks then move to a rental apartment.

After arriving here book an appointment with the bank to open bank account.. When you have apartment go for health card. Please bring unlocked mobile phone set so that you can buy and use any sim.

Taxi (Bobs Taxi [ Phone: (902) 463-2222], Casino taxi [ Phone: (902) 429-6666] etc) & bus services (320) are available in Halifax airport. There is an office at right hand side from where you can call for taxi for free.  Where will you be initially staying? If hotel, most of the hotel provide shuttle services from/to airport. If you stay private place like air bnb, bus service may not be suitable for you as you may have several luggage with you.

There are a few factors you must consider before renting; is it near school (if you have a school going kids)? Is it a good residential neighborhood? Is it a convenient location for shopping? etc…

Our community is growing in Halifax & Bedford area. There are many schools, mosques & groceries available in these areas. In Dartmouth surrounding the Dartmouth Mosque the Asian communities (Bangladesh, India , Pakistan) are growing at Leaman, Crystal, Farthington, Franklyn court, Primrose areas. 

 For apartment renting as well as any pre-arrival and post arrival services, please contact us at:

Mosques in Nova Scotia: 

Al Barakah Mosque (12 Hillcrest St · (902) 440-8034), Centre for Islamic Development ( 

2728 Robie St · (902) 454-6078), Ummah Mosque and Community Centre (UMCC) (2510 St Matthias St · (902) 407-1411), ​Nova Scotia Islamic Community Center (NSICC) (Address: 2141 Larry Uteck Blvd, Bedford, NS B4B 1E2Phone: (902) 832-6300), Islamic Association Of Nova Scotia (Address: 42 Leaman Dr, Dartmouth, NS B3A 2K9, Phone: (902) 469-9490), Truro MasjidMosque in Valley, Nova ScotiaAddress: 533 Pictou Rd, Truro, NS B2N 2V2, Trenton Masjid 25 Forge St, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. 

MSI – Health Cards 

Address: 230 Brownlow Ave, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0G5

Phone: (902) 496-7008

Halal Shops:

House Of Halal Groceries14 Titus St · (902) 455-6328 , Syrian Meat Store2760 Gladstone St · (902) 329-4433, Mid-East Food Centre & CaféAddress: 2595 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C4Phone: (902) 492-0958, Brother Khurshids Halal Shack Asian grocery storeAddress: 5 Hartlen Ave, Halifax, NS B3R 1R5,  

Kawthar Market Halal MeatAddress: 629 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS B3M 2L6Phone: (902) 407-7777, Indian GroceriesAddress: 2585 Robie St, Halifax, NS B3K 4N5 , Al Hilal Meat Shop and Middle Eastern CuisineAddress: 386 Herring Cove Rd, Halifax, NS B3R 1W4Phone: (902) 989-0086 


Mobile carriers And Internet: 

Bell Aliant(internet, home phone), East Link (Internet , Home phone), City Wide (Internet , home phone) 

Public (mobile), Rogers(mobile), Koodo (mobile) 

 Access Nova Scotia Centre 

Department of motor vehicles in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 

Address: 250 Baker Dr #134, Dartmouth, NS B2W 6A3 

Address: 300 Horseshoe Lake Dr, Halifax, NS B3S 0B4 

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) 

Address: 6960 Mumford Rd Suite 2120, Halifax, NS B3L 4P1 

Phone: (902) 423-3607 

Few Chain Shop Names To Buy Household Items 

Dollarama, Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Ikea