Preparing your move to Canada

Preparing for your move to Canada

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What you’ll find inside

  • Budgeting for your cost of living
  • Choosing a bank
  • Bringing money to Canada
  • Finding accommodation
  • Healthcare in Canada
  • Schooling and childcare
  • Preparing for the job market
  • Adapting to life in Canada and much more!

Who is this guide for?

This guide is written for newcomers preparing to start their new life in Canada. If you’re planning to move to Canada soon, this guide will address commonly-asked life, career, and financial questions to help you prepare for your arrival and successfully navigate your first few months in Canada.

Are you ready to start your new life in Canada?

Starting a life in a new country is both exciting and challenging. Many newcomers leave behind their support systems – family, friends, and colleagues – when they move to Canada, which means they have no-one they can rely on to help them start their new life with success. But you aren’t alone:; many newcomers have walked this path before you, and this Arrive guide brings together their wisdom and experience to help you prepare your move to Canada and restart your life with confidence.

Moving to a multicultural and well-developed country like Canada and starting a new life is an exciting prospect. To ensure your transition and settlement in Canada progresses smoothly, it is important to be informed and prepared. This involves researching and familiarizing yourself with various aspects of life in Canada such as cost of living, finances, public transportation, healthcare, accommodation, job market and much more.

Settling in a new country, embracing a new culture and making it your own may seem intimidating. As you begin your new life in Canada, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re on the fast-track to making Canada home.

This guide will walk you through a few must-know topics such as how to find short-term as well as more permanent, long-term accommodation, and how to manage finances: budgeting, choosing a bank, opening a bank account, and transferring money from your home country to your Canadian bank account. You will also learn how to navigate provincial healthcare in Canada, find schools and childcare for your children, get a driver’s license, understand internet and phone providers in Canada, and file tax returns. There are also dedicated sections that outline all the essential documents (that may be required at the port of entry to Canada or during the course of settling in) that you should organize for your move, and free government-funded settlement services that you can register for to seek support for every step of your newcomer journey, from career, housing, healthcare, to immigration, education, and more.

Feeling like home in a new country can take a while. However, when you know what to expect and are better prepared, the transition can be faster and much smoother. Planning and organizing in advance will help you reduce stress and ensure you and your family have a smooth transition to Canada.