Canada is an amazing country with equally amazing people. With one of the most ethnically diverse cultures in the world, your move to Canada will surely be met with open arms by the communities around you. Those who have moved homes as a child can probably recall the fears and the anxiety setting foot on new pastures caused them back in the day. Undoubtedly, the feeling of moving to a new country away from friends and family is nerve-wracking. Fear not because Canada is home to millions of people who have been in your shoes, and are doing just fine and thriving in their respective communities.
When you are planning to make the jump over to wonderful Canada, there are a few steps you should consider jotting down on your checklist beforehand:
Take Your Pet With You
Fortunately for you, if you are a pet owner, Canada permits the immigration of your pets as well. The Food Inspection Agency handles pet travel to Canada, with the description of a pet being dogs, cats, and ferrets. If your pet does not meet this standard, unfortunately only rabbits and parrots can be brought along with a special import permit.
Some steps you have to take before hopping on the plane with them are contacting your airline regarding their pet guidelines for seamless travel. Also, be sure to vaccinate your pet within 21 days before your flight and get their accompanying papers in English or French that prove they are vaccinated.
Make Sure Your Phone Is Unlocked
It is advised to have your phone unlocked before touching down in Canada, as it would not be good to be stuck without a mobile number in a new place. Be sure your carrier unlocks the phone if you do not plan on purchasing one with Canada’s cellular service providers. Be sure to get a Canadian sim ASAP for ease of transfer.
Sell Your Household Items And Purchase New Ones If Possible
There are undoubtedly going to be things you will want to bring with you from your previous home. Some pieces of furniture and items are sentimental, so try to hang on to those instead of everything. Sell what you can and purchase new household items when you get to Canada so that you can save on shipping costs by only bringing essential items. Remember that the price to rent a 20-foot container to move items to Canada costs approximately $5,500, so choose what you pack wisely.
A pro-tip we have is to make a list on what to buy so that once you touch down you can start purchasing essentials quickly.
Obtain Your Driver’s License As Soon As You Can
If you have had previous experiences with driving from your home country, it would be best to get an International Driving Permit from your government. Depending on where you come from, some countries are exempted from taking a road test when they come to Canada. If you have papers to prove that you have at least two years of experience behind the wheel, you should be fine provided your country of origin is on the list.
This is also a very good ID to have in any event that you find the need for an official Canadian identification document.
Set Up Your Bank Account ASAP
The best part about Canada is that you can apply to open a bank account on Canadian shores before you move. This removes the exorbitant fees that come with using foreign cards. The larger Canadian banks can assist you with your account opening, and even issue credit cards as a newcomer provided you have the proper documents. Acceptable documents are a Canadian citizenship certificate, a permanent resident card, a provincial health insurance card, and a work or study permit.
These are simple tips to make your move to Canada seamless and streamlined. In just a few steps, you could be setting foot in your new home with us here in Canada. So what are you waiting for? Canada awaits!
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