After You Arrive Checklists
As a newcomer, you can expect to be very busy during your first few months in Canada. You must find a place to live, open a bank account, apply for health insurance, and do many other things.
A number of checklists are available to help newcomers settle into a new community and apply for important programs and services. Using the checklists will help you decide what needs to be done quickly and the types of documents you will need to bring with you.
This section has checklists to help newcomers apply for Canadian identification, find suitable housing, look for work and, in general, start a new life in a new country.
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A list of documents you must bring when you arrive and that you’ll need when you are living in Ontario. Includes information about Permanent Resident Cards, travel documents, Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards, health cards and driver’s licences. Links to Ontario government electronic forms site.
A checklist of essential steps to take after arriving in Canada: contact immigrant-serving organizations, open a bank account, apply for Canadian identification, health insurance and social insurance number, and look for a job.
A list of documents that newcomers to Canada might need. Includes information about other documents of potential interest to newcomers.
Finding a place to rent or buy, types of housing, signing a lease, applying for a health insurance card and social insurance card.
Information about arriving in Ontario, housing health, employment, education, legal services, and consumer information. Includes a Welcome to Canada checklist and a chapter entitled Next Steps. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Information about police, legal services, children's rights, women's rights, domestic violence, seniors' rights and language rights.
Ontario Immigration guide to finding services in your community, looking for jobs and training, improving language skills, and getting other kinds of help. Includes a checklist to follow while settling in Ontario. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.
Information about living, studying, working, starting your own business, volunteering, and where to find help. Available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu.
Individual sections of the Guide to Working in Canada can be viewed and printed from this site. Includes chapters on starting a business, labour market contacts and networking, communication skill, taxes and benefits, worker rights and minimum rate rates, immigration representatives and pre- and post-arrival steps.
A checklist of steps to take before you leave your home country and after you arrive in Canada and begin looking for work.
A Newcomers to Canada DayPlanner can be ordered or downloaded from this site. Includes lists of key information, websites, lists of key agencies and organizations that assist newcomers and a section for feedback and questions.
Information about immigration, studying in Canada, arts and cultural, foreign policy, and doing business. Includes profiles of newcomers who have settled in Canada.