Get access to the internet

The internet makes it easy to find information, apply for services, and more. If you do not have internet access where you are living, look for a nearby library. Most libraries will let you use a computer and access the internet for free.

Apply for important documents

  • Permanent Resident Card: As soon as you arrive, you will meet with an immigration officer at the airport and apply for this card.
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN): If you want to work in Canada, open a bank account, or access government programs and benefits, you will need a SIN. Apply in person at your nearest Service Canada Centre.
  • Health Card: Your health card will give you access to insured health care services. You must apply through your provincial or territorial government.
  • Driver’s license: To legally drive in Canada, you will need a valid driver’s licence. This licence can also be used as official photo ID. Each province and territory has its own application process.

Secure your money and valuables

  • To keep your money safe, you will want to open a bank account. CIBC offers newcomers to Canada free everyday banking for one year. Find out about our Welcome to Canada Banking Package.
  • To keep other small valuables and documents safe, you may want to rent a safety deposit box. If you have a CIBC bank account, you can get $60 back when you rent a safety deposit box. 

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