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Welcome To Canada: A Newcomer’s Guide to Getting Settled

April 1, 2020BY Faisal Mustafa

Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world with a 10 million square kilometers area. The country is full of beautiful landscapes, high mountains, excellent climate, high-quality education, and many more.

Every year heaps of people immigrate to Canada from around the world. You are possibly in the queue. Congratulation on making the best decision in your life. Perhaps, all your paperwork is done, and you’ve got your visa to live in Canada.

But, what is preparation for getting settled in Canada? Moving to an entirely new country is always overwhelming. You’ll likely have a lot of questions in mind. We are here to make your changeover easier with relevant resources and advice.

Here we come with a newcomer’s guide to getting settled in Canada. We’ll provide the information needed for your successful integration into Canadian culture. We hope this will help you have a great start!

A Newcomer’s Guide to Getting Settled in Canada

Canada is a country with diversity, beauty, and full of opportunities. Possibly, that is why you choose the country as your new home. Immigrating to Canada as a Permanent resident or temporary resident might seem challenging.

You’ll face new rules and situations in an unknown country. On top of that, many more come to mind. Like, where to live? How to get a job? What about healthcare? Etc. No worries. Check our guide below to get started.

Checklist before the Arrival

Before entering Canada, gather the following documents of you and your family members. You may or may not need them, but it is safe to keep them aside.

  • Passport (Of course!)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Educational Certificates
  • Driver’s License

Work On Your Language Skills

When you are coming to a new country, it becomes difficult to adapt to the new language. Life becomes more manageable if you can speak the official language of the country. Canada is an English and French-speaking country. So, learning English and French can make a difference in your life in Canada.

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House for Living

If you have friends or families in Canada, this is a big plus for you. You can stay with them in your initial days or weeks in Canada. In the meantime, build a social network so further assistance.

If you do not have anyone, there are many affordable hotels, rental apartments, and other accommodations. You can book one before arriving in Canada. Make sure to go with the cheaper one.

Banking in Canada

Opening a bank account is what you need to do in the first week after arriving. In Canada, everything works on credit and debit cards. So, make a prior decision to open a bank account. There are two types of accounts in Canadian banks. Most Canadian get two kinds of accounts, and they use them for different essentials.

  • Checking Accounts

A debit card accompanies this account, and it allows write/cash checks. You’ll need debit cards to pay your bills in Canada. Depending on the bank, you may have to pay monthly and transaction fees.

  • Savings and Investment Accounts

This account allows for saving money for which you’ll get an interest in return. The fees are higher in this account, and there is some restriction on using this account.

Jobs in Canada

In Canada, there are millions of jobs available for new immigrants. After getting into Canada, you should look for suitable jobs to support your families. For that, you’ll need to keep some documents in hand, like educational qualifications, resumes, cover letters, and references from previous employers.

What about Healthcare?

The healthcare system is a great plus of living in Canada. Here everyone gets the necessary treatment. Depending on the province you’ll live in, access to healthcare varies. Also, Canada has so many institutes that provide private health insurance coverage.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

The social insurance number is the most important thing you’ll need in Canada. Without this, you will not be able to work or take advantage of government services. Collect your social insurance number from the local office and keep it safe.


Above, we mentioned a newcomer’s guide to getting settled in Canada. These are the basic things you’ll need to start a new life in Canada. Alongside a lot of things will come, such as education for your child, community services, etc. Get ready for all the new challenges.

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    Frequently Asked Question

    To get permanent residency, you have to live for at least three years in Canada. You also need some other documents to apply for Citizenship.

    In generally takes six months to get the citizenship after taking the Citizenship Test and Interview.

    People aged between 18 to 54 have to take the citizenship test and Interview.

    Oath taking ceremony generally takes 45 to 60 mins to complete. However, the time may vary upon the number of applicants and citizens.

    Yes, any Citizen who is a Canadain Citizen can renounce his citizenship status if he wants. He may apply for renouncing the citizenship under certain conditions.

    The answer is yes. You can again apply to resume your Citizenship status though you have renounced it once.

    The total fees for applying for Citizenship in Canada is CAN $ 630. Among the prices, $530 is for processing fee, and $100 is for the right of  Citizenship fee. But for minors aged under 18, the processing fee is $100.