Moved to Canada? Here Are 7 Things to Do Right Away
Now that you have made the move to Canada, there are a few things that you need to do right away. During your first week here, focus on doing the seven things outlined below.
Get Your SIN
A social insurance number (SIN) is your nine-digit number authorizing you to work in Canada. You can apply at any of the Service Canada offices. Depending on how long the lines are, you might be able to have everything done in about a half hour. Make sure you have your study or work permit with you.
Open a Bank Account
You need to get a bank account set up so you can manage your debit card and bill payments. It also saves you money on withdrawing money from your account back home.
Get a Local Cell Phone Plan
Make sure you have a local data plan to prevent being hit with a bunch of roaming charges on your bill. Align your phone plan with you visa the best you can. Receiving a local call will cost you, so you want to make sure you get a plan that is going to work for your needs.
Search for an Apartment
If you don’t have any local references or credit history in Canada, it might not be as easy to find an apartment as you like. Just keep trying until you are able to find a more flexible landlord. Calling from a Canadian phone number can also improve your odds.
Once you have extra time, you want to get to know people in the area and form a network of friends. There are a number of groups you can join to help you get acquainted with people in the area.
Take Time for Yourself
It can take a bit of time to get used to your environment. Don’t expect to be able to do everything in the beginning. Spend time going through everything and getting your sleep.
Knock Something Off Your Bucket List
With all of the hustle and bustle of your move, you probably forgot about how amazing the country really is. Get out there and start taking in some of the sights and sounds of the province and enjoy your newfound home.