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Your first 30 days in Canada as a Permanent Resident and what to do


When you first arrive to Canada as a permanent resident,  it can be hard to know where to start. Take your time getting settled and starting your new life in Canada.

You may have friends who have are already settled in Canada and can help you with some of the important tasks and provide useful information.

In your first few weeks in Canada, you will have several tasks to get done to start your life here in Canada. You will need to complete several government forms. With these forms you will receive important cards and services. These cards and services will provide you with access to things like medical care, a number which allows you to work in Canada and other important items for your daily life.

It is important to note, that you should not have to pay anyone to help you complete these forms. A government official can help you complete the forms and there may even be a person in the office that speaks your language.

The cards and services are in different departments of the government and you will need to apply for your Social Insurance Number (SIN), MSP for B.C. Residents, and the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB). You do not have to pay for these forms and can download them from the internet.

Here is a checklist of things to do in your first few weeks in Canada:


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Written by Sacha DeVoretz, blog contributor to Bell Alliance Global Immigration Services Inc. and author of Canada is Hiring.



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