In your first two weeks in Canada
- Learn about the different resources and sources of information available to help you settle in Canada.
- Call or visit animmigrant-serving organization in your city or town to learn about the services they provide.
- Apply for important documents like:
- a Government health insurance card, so you can receive medical care in Canada. You should apply as soon as possible after arriving in Canada.
- a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You cannot work in Canada without a SIN.
- Give us your new Canadian address, so that you can receive your permanent resident card in the mail.
- Open a Canadian bank account.
- Explore your city or town, and learn about the transportation options
- Learn how to make telephone calls and access the Internet.
- Memorize the national emergency telephone number:911. If you experience a medical or other type of emergency, call for help.
In your first two months in Canada
- If you do not have a job, you should start looking for one quickly. You can get information on job postings, on how to adapt your resume for Canadian employers, on mentorship programs, etc., at local immigrant-serving organizations.
- Improve you English and French.
- Learn about housing and how to search for a place to rent or buy.
- Read about education in Canada to learn things like how to register your children in a school and options available to improve your qualifications and skills.
- Obtain a Canadian driver’s licence if you plan to drive in Canada.
- Learn about Canadian laws as well as your rights and civic responsibilities as a resident of Canada.
- Find a doctor or health-care centre where you can go for your medical needs. Make an appointment for a medical check-up and vaccination update when you receive your government health insurance card.
Original Resource: Government of Canada