SETTLING IN CANADA
your new life in Canada!
SETTLING IN CANADA
CHOOSING A CITY
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Join our free webinars and gain access to experts from the immigration field, government services, municipalities, and more. You’ll gain an up-close look at what to expect when moving to Canada and connect with newcomer services and resources. Fueled with this information, you’ll be on your way to settling in Canada with confidence, ease, and excitement!
Learn About Life In Canada
Hear from settlement agencies and other service providers about how you can prepare for life in Canada. You’ll learn about important things you can do to build your life in Canada. Settlement services can help you with a wide range of needs such as finding housing, enrolling your children in school, getting health care, and searching for employment. These services are convenient, beneficial, and free.
NEXT STOP CANADA
Next Stop Canada Helps You Succeed
Get an overview of community services available to newcomers and find out how to get one-to-one settlement counselling.
NEXT STOP CANADA
Pre Arrival Canada
Pre Arrival Canada is for newcomers preparing to move to Canada. One registration offers you a wide range of pre-arrival programs.
All programs on this portal are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
CHOOSING A CITY E-BOOKS
Research Canadian Cities
Our Choosing a City e-books will provide you with vital information about life in cities all across Canada. You can select from over 20 cities to learn about the economy, housing, medical services, schools, transportation, culture, and much more. This is a great way to research, compare, and narrow your destination city options.
FIND YOUR CITY
- Calgary, Alberta
- Delta, British Columbia
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Fort McMurray, Alberta
- Fredericton, New Brunswick
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Hamilton, Ontario
- London, Ontario
- Niagara, Ontario
- Ottawa, Ontario
- Prince George, British Columbia
- Regina, Saskatchewan
- Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Sudbury, Ontario
- Surrey, British Columbia
- Thunder Bay, Ontario
- Toronto, Ontario
- Vancouver, British Columba
- Waterloo, Ontario
- Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- York Region, Ontario
TOOLS AND RESOURCES
Get access to tools and resources to make your move to Canada as smooth as possible.
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Your First Steps in Canada: 8 Essential Checklists
Read about Life in Canada
Get the helpful information you need before and after you arrive in Canada. We’ll provide you with guidance, resources, and tools required to build your life in Canada. Whether you’re searching for information about choosing a city, finding housing, getting medical care, or understanding Canada’s education system, we’ve got you covered.
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You may have heard stories about the Canadian winter being very harsh and long. The truth is that, yes the winter is cold, with temperatures reaching as low as minus 20 degrees in Toronto and Ottawa. However, with just a little planning ahead and a few new clothes, you will find that you can be comfortable in these temperatures. More good news is that your home will have central heating, making it warm and cozy throughout the winter. The same is true of nearly every indoor space, so you will not have to spend too long outdoors if you don’t want to.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many days does it take to acquire the permanent resident card?
When you land in Canada, you will be given an envelope with your Permanent Resident (PR) card application form. Complete the form and mail it as soon as possible. Generally, it can take approximately 60 calendar days to get your PR card. However, due to COVID-19 normal processing times have changed. As a result, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (RCC) are unable to provide precise processing times.
What is the process to enroll my children in school?
Enrolling children to school. Your child’s school will be determined by your residence address. The school will usually be close to the residence.
You will need to provide all of the following information to register your child for school:
- Proof of your child’s age – A birth certificate or passport.
- Permanent Resident Card
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292) or Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
- Immunization record – Proof that your son or daughter has been immunized.
- Proof of address – A copy of a bank statement, telephone or electrical bill or apartment lease with your name and address.
In some school boards, newcomer students go to an assessment or reception centre where their mathematics and English language skills are tested.
If you have your child’s previous report card or textbook or any other school information that might be helpful, bring it to the centre.
That information is then sent to the student’s school to help teachers understand what he or she has already learned. If you have your child’s previous report card or textbook or any other school information that might be helpful, please bring it to the centre.
What must I prepare for while moving to Canada in terms of cultural adjustments and lifestyle?
Some immigrants may have difficulty in adapting to Canada’s Westernized ways, which promote individual freedoms over collective responsibilities. Individuals — both men and women — have the right to choose their careers, spouses and other life choices.
While Canada promotes multiculturalism, and respects immigrants’ rights to practice their own culture, religion and language, repeated studies have shown that Canadians want immigrants to also adapt to Western ways, from learning the primary language (e.g., English) to allowing freedom of choice for women and adult children.
Once you have landed, you will quickly adapt to the new country and will learn and adapt to its ways. Keep an open mind and you will be surprised how easy it will be to adapt.
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