Moving to a new country is a big step, and being well prepared can make all the difference. If you’re planning to move to Canada, there are many things to consider before you arrive, from gathering necessary documents to finding a place to live and preparing for employment.
To help you make the transition with ease, we’ve put together a two-part series on the top 10 things you should do before moving to Canada. In this first installment, we’ll cover the first five items on the checklist.
1) Gather all your documents
Before moving to 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. Always keep them with you.
Visit the Government of Canada website for a full list of documents required for entry.[i]
2) Get your work certificates evaluated
If you plan to work in Canada, you will need to get your credit assessed. This will help determine what types 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 at this Government of Canada webpage. You can also find more information at the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).[ii], They provide information and services to help newcomers integrate into the Canadian workforce.
3) Prepare for employment
One of the most important things to consider when moving to Canada is finding employment. The Government of Canada Job Bank offers a variety of resources for newcomers, including job listings, job market information, and tips for writing resumes and cover letters.[iii]
4) Prepare Yourself Financially
Moving to a new country can be expensive, so it’s 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.[iv] TD offers a variety of financial services for newcomers to help you plan and manage your finances before and after you arrive in Canada.[v]
5) Increase your language skills
Canada is a bilingual country, with English and French as both official languages. If you are not fluent in one or both languages, it is important to improve your language skills before you arrive. Explore Government of Canada resources for language training and learning, including available language classes and language assessment tests.[vi]
Why choose TD?
150 Years of Helping Canadians:
TD has a proud history of over 150 years in providing financial solutions to Canadians. TD also brings over a century of experience in helping newcomers meet the unique challenges of the Canadian banking system.
With over a thousand branches and a reputation for excellence in financial services, TD has grown to become one of the largest and most trusted banks in Canada, now serving 16 million Canadians.
TD offers online support and resources of interest to newcomers on topics such as banking basics, moving to Canada, credit score essentials, and more. TD has over 1,100 branches and can serve you in over 50 languages. TD is open longer for your convenience. TD has thousands of ATMs across Canada to help you handle your everyday banking needs quickly and easily.
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