To help you plan your trip to Canada, we’ve compiled a list of essential items that we recommend you arrange prior to your departure, as well as a list of things to consider packing for Canada.
Moving to Canada checklist:
Some of the items in this section can take some time to organize. It’s good to review this well in advance of your departure, so you can be getting prepared in the weeks and months before your flight to Canada.
You can also save yourself time and money by getting your travel insurance (a mandatory requirement to receive a working holiday visa in Canada or a study permit) and resume arranged early. See our guides for more:
We also recommend you keep up-to-date with latest Canadian immigration developments. As anyone will tell you, changes happen regularly that can affect your move.
You can do this by signing up for news updates, and we’ll even give you a free copy of our Getting Started Guide to help you along the way.
Checklist for moving to Canada
- Visa or work permit
- Flights to Canada
- Travel insurance for Canada
- Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date.
- Bank statements to serve as proof of funds. Depending on your bank, this could take a week or two to arrange, so be organized.
- Updated resume in the Canadian format (many people do not realise how crucial this is to your success in Canada, so read our Resume format in Canada section, download a good template, and get working on it).
- Arrange a place to stay, for at least the first night. Learn more about finding accommodation in Canada.
- Accommodation references from your previous landlords.
- References from previous employers (or at least, a contact for someone who will agree to provide this if required while you’re in Canada).
- Ask previous insurers to supply you with a “no claims” letter, to serve as proof of driving history.
- If your driving experience pre-dates the issue date on your home licence, you may need a letter from your home licencing authority to prove how long you’ve been driving. Learn more about getting a driver license in Canada.
- Tax forms relating to the termination of your employment. This will prove useful if you’ve overpaid tax in your home country and need to claim this back at the end of the tax year.
- If you plan on bringing your pet with you to Canada, see our advice and information on what animals can come to Canada with you, and what they need to have with them.
- Don’t leave it until the last minute to terminate your contract with your mobile phone provider, as some contracts will have a cancellation period.
- If you need to get your phone unblocked in order for it to work with other networks, arrange this early.