WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN CANADA
- Contact immigrant-serving organizations in your community. They can help you find the information and services you need to start your new life, including language training and help finding work.
- Apply for Canadian identification, such as a driver's licence and a health insurance card, which you should carry with you at all times.
- Open a bank account and begin to establish your credit.
- Apply for private health insurance if you are not eligible for immediate public health insurance coverage in your province or territory.
- Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a health insurance card.
- Look for a job.
In your first few weeks you will likely need to:
- Exchange your money for Canadian currency.
- Explore your housing options.
- Get a map of your area and find out about public transportation.
- Do some shopping for you and your family.
- Get a telephone book from the local telephone company. You can find out how to contact your local telephone company by dialing 411 from any phone.
- Learn more about traveling in Canada.
- Register your children in school.
In your first few months you will likely need to:
- Practice and improve your language skills.
- Find a place to live.
- Explore your options for communications services.
- Get a family doctor.
- Have your children immunized.
- Find out more about what services are available in your new community.
- Find out where the Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) assessment centre is in your community and register for language classes. In French, LINC is called CLIC (Cours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada).
- Apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit.
- Apply for the GST/HST Credit.
In your first year you may wish to:
- Get a driver's licence.
- Register for adult continuing education classes.
- Understand your rights and responsibilities under Canadian law.
About The the Canadian Immigration Council
Richard Serour, President and CEO of the Canadian Immigration Council, is recognized as one of Canada's leading immigration professionals and advocates. Mr. Serour has devoted his life to working on behalf of people around the world wishing to immigrate to Canada. As an experienced immigration specialist, Mr. Serour has helped thousands of families come full circle from the dream of coming to Canada, to becoming permanent residents, and ultimately to becoming proud Canadian citizens.
With his experienced staff and network of consultants, lawyers, paralegals, and other support specialists, the Canadian Immigration Council has turned many people's dreams into reality. To say it best, would be to quote Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper who announced to the world that, "Canada is the place where people want to come and stay, to learn, to pursue opportunities, to raise children, to enjoy natural beauty, to open new frontiers, to set the standard for the world for a high quality of life; a Canada that is a leader and example to the world."