Keep in Mind

  • Make sure that you make at least two copies of each necessary document before you leave.
  • All documents need to be translated into either English or French before you arrive in Canada.
  • Before spending money on having your credentials assessed, make sure that a general assessment like this will be accepted. Some professions have their own rules and regulations and do the credential assessment themselves.
  • You will also need to bring a copy of your degree/diploma, translated into English or French, to the assessment service.
  • Health Insurance can be purchased for the first three months you are in Canada through several agencies including Blue Cross Canada.
  • Bring translated copies of your bank statements and copies of your credit history and report from your home country. This may make establishing credit in Canada easier once you arrive.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada will ask you for “Proof of Funds” when you arrive. You have to prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada.
  • For more information on Proof of Funds and what the financial requirements are to come to Canada, visit Citizenship & Immigration Canada.
  • Talk with your banker or financial advisor to find out if exporting money from your home country is restricted. It is important to know this in advance so that other arrangements can be made. For more information on how to bring money into Canada, visit Settlement.Org.

Pack for the Weather!

  • Temperatures for the season you will be arriving in...

(Dec. 21 - Mar. 19)

(Mar. 20 - Jun. 20)

(Jun. 21 - Sep. 21) 

(Sep. 22 - Dec. 20) 


-25 degrees

12 degrees 

25 degrees

10 degrees 


-13 degrees 

53.6 degrees 

77 degrees 

50 degrees 

  • If you will be arriving in the winter, make sure to pack warm clothing (for example: a coat, boots, hat and mittens), or have some money set aside to buy these things as soon as you get here.
  • When you are packing, remember to count the number of items you are bringing too. For example, count how many t-shirts you are bringing and how many pairs of socks.