Top 10 Pre-Arrival Checklist (Part 1)
- Gather All Your Documents
Before you leave for Canada, make sure you have all the necessary documents ready. This includes customs declaration forms and passports for each family member traveling with you. Remember not to pack these documents in your luggage. Keep them with you at all times.
For a complete list of documents required for entry, visit the Government of Canada’s website.
- Get Your Work Credentials Assessed
If you plan on working in Canada, you will need to have your credentials assessed. This will help determine what kind of jobs you are qualified for and what additional training you may need. More information on credential assessment for newcomers to Canada can be found on this Government of Canada webpage. You can also find more information at the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)[ii]. They provide information and services to help newcomers integrate into the Canadian workforce.
- Prepare for Employment
One of the most important things to consider when moving to Canada is finding employment. The Government of Canada’s Job Bank offers a variety of resources for newcomers, including job listings, information on the job market, and tips on writing resumes and cover letters.
- Prepare Yourself Financially
Moving to a new country can be expensive, so it is important to prepare yourself for the economic impact. Be sure to familiarize yourself with financial information on the cost of living in Canada, including housing, transportation, and healthcare. TD offers a range of financial services for newcomers to help you plan and manage your finances before and after your arrival in Canada.
- Enhance Your Language Skills
Canada is a bilingual country, with both English and French being official languages. If you are not fluent in one or both languages, it is important to improve your language skills before you arrive. Explore the Canadian government’s resources for language training and learning, including language classes and language assessment tests that are available.