So you have arrived in Canada. What do you do first?
- Get yourself a map or make sure you know exactly where you are going. It’s time to start exploring your new home!
- Find your mode of transport, whether it is train, bus or subway. Canada offers an impressive set of public transport options, a perfect start for those who may not have a car yet.
- Get your permanent resident card.
- Apply for your Canada child tax benefit.
- Get your Canadian Driver’s license.
- Open up your first Canadian bank account.
- Apply for your health card which will take up to 3 months to register. You may need to take out private medical aid while waiting.
Once you have sorted these first steps out, you can start thinking about the all-important job.
- Apply for your SIN card (Social Insurance Number), you will need this to apply to jobs.
- Make sure your CV is up to Canadian standards. They have a different way of writing CV’s with different skills and experience that needs to be listed.
- Many Canadian jobs are not advertised publicly, so make sure you start networking.
- You may want to brush up on your language skills with extra training in French or English.
- There are many settlement agencies in Canada that can assist you in ensuring that you are on the right path.