This article is dedicated to helping new Canadian immigrants by providing valuable information, tips and resources to help them settle in Canada.
It has been over ten years since I immigrated to Canada and I have been helping new immigrants ever since. So I thought it would be good to post an article that new immigrants could use as a checklist.
There are some important steps that new immigrants must take as soon as they arrive in Canada. Now let’s discuss the details of the checklist for newcomers:
NOTE: In this article, I cannot provide links to the various government websites that you will need to follow the various steps on the Newcomer Checklist. However, there is a website at the end of this article where you will find all the necessary links for each province and territory of Canada.
Apply for a permanent resident (PR) card
A permanent resident card is official proof of your status as a permanent resident in Canada. A PR card is required for all Canadian permanent residents (including children) who wish to re-enter Canada.
To apply for a PR card, you must complete an application form, attach the required documents, pay the fee and send the application to the PR Card Processing Centre (see the website at the end of this article).
Once your application is received, the government processes it within 8 to 12 weeks and sends you a permanent resident card.
Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card
If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada, or a temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada and to receive benefits and services under government programs.
To apply for a PR card, you need to fill out an application, attach the required documents and mail it in or go to your nearest Canadian Services Centre (see the website at the end of this article). It can take 10 to 20 days to receive your SIN card.
Apply for a Canadian Health Insurance Card
Newcomers insurance Canada is available free of charge to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. It is a public health care system, funded by taxes and administered by the provinces and territories.
For example, in the province of Ontario, there is a 3-month waiting period from the time you register with the province.
To apply for health insurance in Canada’s provinces or territories, you must complete an application and submit it along with the required documentation. Application forms are available at most doctors’ offices, pharmacies or hospitals. You can also find them on the provincial or territorial health care websites that I have listed at the end of this article.
Open a Canadian bank account
Opening a bank account and securing a credit card will help you build financial credibility and establish a good credit history. Building a good credit history will benefit you in the future when you need loans, mortgages and lines of credit.
To open a bank account, contact one of the Canadian bank branches and schedule an appointment with a bank account manager.
Some notable Canadian banks are listed below:
– Royal Bank of Canada
– Toronto-Dominion Bank
– Bank of Nova Scotia
– Bank of Montreal
– Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
– National Bank of Canada
– HSBC Bank
– ING Direct Bank of Canada
Apply for a Canadian driver license
Having a valid Canadian driver’s licence will allow you to drive in Canada. Each province and territory issues driver’s licenses through licensing agencies.
You must carry your driver’s license with you whenever you drive a vehicle. In general, driver’s licence regulations are similar in all provinces and territories; however, there are minor differences.
Canadian driver’s licenses are valid in the United States of America and some international countries. To apply for a Canadian driver’s license, visit the appropriate websites (link to the website at the end of this article), depending on which province or territory you belong to.
Enroll your children in school (if applicable):
The Canadian government provides free public education for every Canadian child. Depending on the province or territory, public education begins at age 4 or 5 and continues until age 15 or 16.
The Canadian education system is divided into primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels, but there are some differences between provinces and territories. Many Canadian parents prefer to homeschool their children rather than use the public education system.
It is the responsibility of parents to register their children in school by visiting their local school or school board office. There are different