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5 Things to Do When You First Arrive in Canada

If you’re planning on immigrating to Canada, there are several things that you should do once you arrive. Even if your application has already been submitted, or even if you’ve already landed in the country, there’s still plenty to do — like getting immunization shots and registering with your post office just to name a few. While the process can feel overwhelming, the Canadian government offers many services for newcomers to help every step of the way. Here are the top five things that you should do when you first arrive in Canada.

1. Housing

When you arrive in Canada, you will need a place to live. If you do not have one before you arrive, you can save yourself some stress and book a hotel or hostel before you leave home. Hotels and hostels are great options if you are short-term staying in Canada, and most allow you to reserve a room online once you know more about where your new home will be. Once you know more about where you’re going to live, then you can start looking into a more permanent solution.

2. Health insurance

Canadian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for public health insurance. Each province and territory has its own plan, so do some research about what the provincial plan covers. Some provinces require new residents to wait up to three months before they receive government insurance coverage. You can buy private insurance to cover your needs during this time. You can also purchase private commercial health insurance policies for any services that your province’s public plan does not cover. Some Canadian employers also offer extended health insurance coverage for their employees.

3. Social insurance number

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that may be required for work in Canada. You also need it to have access to government programs and benefits. To apply for one, you can complete the Application for a SIN form at a Service Canada office or by mail. You’ll need to provide an original primary document to prove your identity and status, like a permanent resident card or confirmation of permanent residence.

4. Connect with your community

Moving to a new place can be intimidating, especially if you do not know anyone in your new community. Making friends will help you feel at home and grow your professional network. There are many organizations that connect newcomers with other immigrants or Canadians, which can be very helpful. You may also want to volunteer at your local community center, school, or charitable organization. There are many ways to get involved with these organizations and find activities that interest you.

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