(NC) Emigrating from one country to another is a
large undertaking that takes much research and planning. As such, it’s
common to focus on the major items, like where to move and how to find
meaningful employment, and neglect certain things that may come with
unexpected learning curves.
These items can have a big impact as immigrants adjust to the way of
life in a new country. Here are a few tips to help with settling in
Access the healthcare system: Obtaining a health
card is a major Canadian milestone; however, in some provinces it can
take up to three months to receive it. There are options available
during this transition period which vary by province be sure to research
local options to ensure coverage in the interim. To find out more
information, click here.
Prepare for weather: Contrary to popular belief,
Canada has a wide range of temperatures and climate conditions – not
just cold and snowy. The seasons can literally change from one
temperature extreme to the other and much of Canada experiences extreme
heat in the summertime, so it’s important to research provinces
individually when it comes to the weather.
Open a bank account: While most newcomers are aware
that Canada’s banking system differs from that of their home country,
they often do not know what those differences entail. Many are surprised
to learn that they can open a bank account without having a job. In
their home country, they might not have been allowed to do so without
being employed with a steady income. However, in Canada opening a bank
account is one of the first things newcomers should do – even if no
money is deposited right away.
Visit rbc.com/newcomers or visit a branch near you for help and advice to help you save more and settle in faster.