As you approach your final days in your home country, you need to ensure you are on top of your moving to Canada checklist. You don’t want a situation where you only find out at the departure lounge of the airport that you have left behind a vital document. This article is to ensure that you are able to cross all Ts and dot all Is. If you think you are missing anything, you just need to come back to this list. You should print it and put it in a place you can easily see it in your house.
You may need to take out some of these items from your luggage quickly at the airport. So, put them somewhere they can be accessed quickly as you begin packing your luggage.
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Moving to Canada Packing Checklist: Important Documents
- Visa or work permit documentation
- Bank balance letter or proof of fund
- Evidence of travel insurance, if applicable (e.g. a printed copy of your policy)
- The address of a place to stay (e.g. a hostel, a hotel, or a friend’s place)
- Driver’s license or some other form of government-issued ID. This ensures you don’t always have to use (and potentially lose) your passport.
- Your resume. The easy way is to email it to yourself or bring an electronic copy that you can print when you need to.
- Motor insurance letter. Having a “no claims” letter from previous insurance companies may reduce your insurance premium costs.
- Copy of student transcripts.
- Prescriptions (if necessary).
- A good pair of gloves, a warm hat, a jacket and scarf. These are necessary if you are arriving in Canada during winter. Make sure you arrive with the basics to get you from the airport to your accommodation and through your first day before you are able to buy a proper winter jacket.
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Moving to Canada Packing Checklist: Other Items to Pack
- Some Canadian currency, so you don’t have to wearily look for an ATM at the airport.
- Your phone(s) and laptop
- Chargers for phones, cameras, etc.
- A power bar / extension cord. This will allow you run multiple devices from home using just one Canadian adaptor.
- Home treats, like tea bags or non-perishable food items from your home country.
Moving to Canada Packing Checklist: Goods to follow
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has set out regulations for personal items following you to Canada, with key information on which goods may qualify for duty- and tax-free importation, and how the process works. This list may keep changing. So, you should keep a tab on the CBSA page.