Moving to Canada?

Some suggestions to help you adjust more easily during the first few months after arrival Hopefully you will have accommodation to move in to!

  1. Find the nearest grocery store.
  2. Have an ATM card – you can get cash from the ATM machines.
  3. Check to be sure that your card is acceptable at that machine. Most stores will not accept a debit card unless it is backed up by Visa or Mastercard.
  4. Bring enough cash with you to cover your first thirty-day expenses, including deposits for housing.
  5. Get your Social Insurance Card from the local government office. This is needed to work, apply for government programs and benefits and a drivers license. Learn more by visiting
  6. Visit your local bank and open a bank account.
  7. Establish some credit as soon as you can.
  8. Find the nearest local school for your children. Ask a neighbor for advice.
  9. Reach out to your neighbors, your church and community. They will help always help you.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  11. Join cultural associations, seek out community members with a similar background.
  12. Maintain some familiar traditions.

It is a huge adjustment to any new country. Canada is huge in size with three time zones.  It is is so diversified and has so much to offer.  Visit the official Canadian website at  It’s fantastic and full of information.