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Welcome to Canada

Congratulations! You have taken a big step. Moving to a new country takes courage. It also creates exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Taking the time to learn what to expect -- and what is expected of you -- will help you succeed. This guide tells you a little about what it's like to live in Canada. 

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Banking in Canada

Another important step to take, once you arrive in Canada is to open a Canadian bank account. Opening a bank account helps build your financial credibility and establish a good credit history. Building a good credit rating will help you secure loans, mortgages and line-of-credit, when you need to. 

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Health Care

All Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for health insurance in Canada. Canada’s health insurance system is set up to respond to people’s need for health care rather than their ability to pay for it.


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Housing

When you first arrive in Canada, it is a good idea to rent a place to live until you are financially secure and have decided on a neighbourhood you wish to settle in. You will need somewhere to stay when you first arrive. 

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Settlement Steps

Establishing yourself when you first arrive in Canada can be difficult. You will have to find a job and find somewhere to live, among other things. This checklist will help. It provides you with a list of things you should know and shows you where you can go for more information and support.

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Cost of Living

The vast size, varied climate and population distribution of Canada mean that costs of living can vary from one area to another. There may also be some expenses that you weren’t expecting before you arrived..

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