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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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Ontario immigration: Documents You Need
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.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada — Living in Canada Checklist
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.

Service Canada — Personal Documents
A list of documents that newcomers to Canada might need. Includes information about other documents of potential interest to newcomers.

My First Days: A Guide to Your First Two Weeks in Ontario
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.

Welcome to Canada: What You Should Know
Information about what to expect during the first few weeks in Canada. In addition to information on Canadian laws and health care, it also includes how to find a place to live, get around your new city, work and go to school, and how to connect with your community and get help settling in Canada. The guide is available as a downloadable PDF or eBook as well as in print (hardcopy) upon request.

After You Arrive — Services to Help You Settle
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.

Welcome to Ontario, A Guide to Programs and Services for Newcomers to Ontario
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.

Job Bank — Pre- and Post-Arrival Steps
Lists for prospective newcomers who plan to work in Canada. One is a pre-arrival list of steps to take before leaving for Canada and the other is a post-arrival list for after arrival in Canada.

Newcomers to Canada — DayPlanner (Canadian Foundation for Economic Education)
A free online tool to help newcomers learn about Canada and plan their daily schedules as they settle into their new home. A hardcopy version can be ordered or a PDF 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.

Your First Two Weeks in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
A video to help immigrants prepare for their new life in Canada and what they need to do in their first 2 weeks after arrival to make the transition easier.

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