One of the mistakes immigrants make is leaving for Canada without making the necessary preparations. Critical documents like post-secondary diplomas and degrees, birth certificates and immunization records often get left behind.
Another thing to remember is purchasing insurance to cover your belongings while you travel and travel health insurance in case of any medical emergencies after your arrival into Canada.
The websites listed below will help you with all your preparations:
A checklist you will need before you arrive in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
What goods can you bring to Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
Managing your finances (Financial Consumer Agency In Canada).
Can you bring jewellery or gifts? (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
Healthcare and medical insurance in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
What education and work experience documents should you bring? (Working in Canada).
Choosing a moving company (Industry Canada).
Immigrant services in your area (Citizenship and Immigration Canada).
Importance of Language Skills for Working in Canada (Working in Canada).
What is my occupation called in Canada and how is it described? (Working in Canada).
What are the prospects and opportunities for my occupation in different parts of Canada? (Working in Canada).
Where could I live and work in Canada? (Working in Canada).
Is my occupation regulated or non-regulated? (Working in Canada).
How do I search for jobs in Canada? (Working in Canada).
Is my resume ready for Canadian employers? (Working in Canada).
How do I get (or apply for) a Social Insurance Number (SIN), a health insurance card and a driver’s licence? (Working in Canada).
What is the Canadian equivalency to my credentials? (Working in Canada).
How can I find part time or voluntary work? (Working in Canada).
Where can I upgrade my language skills? (Working in Canada).
Where can I get help in Canada? (Working in Canada).
Checklist 1: Documents you can’t forget to bring to Canada — an overview
1. Birth certificates and passports of each family member
2. Adoption papers if applicable
Checklist 2: What you can bring with you — personal and household items
As a landed immigrant, you are entitled to bring with you, free of duty and taxes, any personal and household items that you owned before your arrival in Canada.
These may include any of the following. But think about whether it is cheaper to ship or to buy new items once in Canada.
Checklist 3: Transferring finances
One of the first things you should consider when packing up to come to Canada is how to transfer your cash and your other investments. Here are 6 options to consider.
Checklist 5: Medical and immunizations records to bring
Don’t forget important medical documents and forms for the whole family when you leave your country of origin. It’s important for continuity of care, as well as to register your children in school.
Checklist 6: Professional documents you can’t forget
Some of the most important documents you need to bring to Canada are related to your professional background. Finding a job is most likely your primary goal after coming to Canada, and you will be faced with many challenges.
Q: I have a driver’s licence from Hong Kong, but I’m wondering how it works to get a licence here in Canada?
Checklist 7: Tips for shipping personal effects
Choosing what personal items to bring, packing them up and then shipping them safely can seem overwhelming. Where do you begin? Here are 10 things to consider.