Organize your papers and documents

You will need a number of essential documents with you when you travel, including valid visas and passports, itemized lists of personal belongings and some financial records. For the most current list of essential documents, refer to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Access Pre-Arrival Services

Start your job search or research business practices, opportunities, and credential recognition.

Research your field of employment and how to begin having your credentials recognized. Find out what, if any, upgrading or further study you will need to complete to be licensed or certified to work in Canada. Familiarize yourself with local job and business opportunities, as well as with our business culture.

Understand Canadian currency, research exchange rates, and savings requirements

You will want to have some Canadian funds in hand so you can take care of your immediate needs when you arrive. Research rates to make the most of your currency exchange. Make sure you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family if you do not have a job offer in hand.

Research what the weather will be like when you arrive

Check weather conditions for the month you arrive. If you are arriving in the spring or fall, you will need warm clothes to keep you dry and comfortable. If you are arriving between November and April, you will need to have warm, heavy, winter clothing including gloves, hats, a scarf, and warm boots.

Have prescriptions filled

Make sure you have an adequate supply of medication for yourself and your family members.

Upon arrival, apply for a Permanent Resident (PR) card

The Permanent Resident (PR) card is the proof of status document needed by permanent residents seeking to re-enter Canada on a commercial carrier such as an airplane, train, or bus.