Are you feeling the pinch of the economic downturn? You don’t have to compromise your lifestyle to save up to thousands of dollars each year.
Everybody loves a good deal, especially in belt-tightening times like the ones we find ourselves in right now.
Checklist 8: What to know about medical insurance
Canada’s universal health care system is one of the best in the world. But did you know not everything is free? Here are 7 things you need to know,
1. Doctor’s services, care, surgery and hospitalization are covered, including in-patient and out-patient services.
Checklist 7: Tips for shipping personal effects
Choosing what personal items to bring, packing them up and then shipping them safely can seem overwhelming. Where do you begin? Here are 10 things to consider.
1. Bring items that are important to you emotionally and nostalgically (i.e., family photos, heirlooms, etc.).
2. Bring items that will be cheaper to ship than to buy new (i.e., furnishings).
Getting a phone
It goes without saying that getting a phone should be one of your number one priorities. You will quickly learn that the slogan “Let your fingers do the walking” is not just an advertising line: In a country as big as Canada, doing things by phone will save you a huge amount of time, money and energy.
Checklist 6: Professional documents you can’t forget
Some of the most important documents you need to bring to Canada are related to your professional background. Finding a job is most likely your primary goal after coming to Canada, and you will be faced with many challenges.
Obtain a credit card
We cannot stress enough the importance of having a credit card. North America as a whole is a credit card society and there is a huge emphasis on having a “good credit rating”. Need a bank loan? The bank will first check your credit rating. Seeking a mortgage to buy a home? Ditto on the credit rating.
Checklist 5: Medical and immunizations records to bring
Don’t forget important medical documents and forms for the whole family when you leave your country of origin. It’s important for continuity of care, as well as to register your children in school.
1. Medical records, including X-rays
2. Dental files
3. Optical prescriptions
Checklist 4: Things to know about jewelry and valuables
You have the right to bring to Canada any of the following valuables.
1. Valuable jewellery (i.e., rings, necklaces, earrings, etc.)
By Archie D'Cruz.
Among the many major hurdles many new immigrants to Canada face when they first land is that banks very often will refuse to let them set up an account.
Transfer your funds
When you first enter Canada, immigration authorities will ask you how much money you are bringing with you or intend to transfer in at a later date.