Arriving as a new immigrant to Canada
Welcome to Canada. We assume you have gone through the pre- arrival information.
The following articles will help you plan for your arrival and new life in Canada.
At The Border/Airport
Permanent Resident Card
- Understanding your permanent resident status
- Updating your permanent resident card delivery address
- Permanent resident travel document
Accommodation is a very important aspect of your migration. When you get to Canada, you will need to find a temporary place to live until you can rent or buy your own place. There are several options available to which vary from staying with friends/ relatives to staying a hotel or hostel.
Accommodation options vary from basements to houses and apartments / condos. Several landlords and agents advertise houses for rent on different websites such as Kijiji, Airbnb, Viewit and several other sites. If buying a home, realtor.ca is a good place to begin your search. There are also real estate agents that can help you rent or buy a home.
Whichever option you choose, it is advisable to research properly and check reviews where possible. Also be aware of your rights and responsibilities in each case.
Key considerations when getting a house include transit score (access to transit), schools within the neighborhood and school bus eligibility (is you’re a parent).
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) overview
- SIN eligibility
- Required documents
- How to apply
- Service Canada locator
- After you receive your Social Insurance Number
- Protecting your Social Insurance Number
- Social Insurance Number code of practice
There are several means of transportation within Canada. Click on the link below for more details about transportation within Canada. For more details about driving within each province, click on the coat of arm of each province on the home page.
Applying For Benefits
As a new immigrant, it is advisable to find out what benefits you may be eligible for. If you have a family, you may qualify for family benefits such as Child Care Benefits (CCB), Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit, Child Disability Benefit, etc. If you have children, it is advisable to apply for CCB and other family related benefits as soon as you arrive in Canada. Well, not necessarily on the same day you arrive, but it is important to note that if you arrive after the tax filing season, you may still apply.
Click on the link below to find out more about benefits in Canada.