Category: Pre-Departure

Packing List 0

Pre-Departure Packing List

Fitting your entire future into 1 or 2 suitcases is a challenge for most of us.  An immigrant’s packing list depends on several factors: landing alone or with dependents, accommodation upon arrival, destination, arrival date, and so on.  But here is a recommended basic packing list. 1. Medications One of the best things about Canada is its public health insurance.  This means that most health-care services are available at no cost to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  However, each province and territory has its own health insurance plan.  In some provinces, new residents are required to complete a waiting period...


Preparing for Canadian Life

The excitement of receiving the permanent resident visa comes with doubt and anxiety.  To relieve these, I started preparing for Canadian life by participating in the Planning for Canada program. Planning for Canada, previously known as the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), offers free services to eligible newcomers before coming to Canada.  They provide valuable information related to the move, settlement, and employment in Canada. Here are the steps to help prepare for your move via Planning for Canada: 1. Register for the Planning for Canada services. According to their website, Planning for Canada services are currently available in person in...