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Online Guide for Newcomers to Prince Edward Island - Canada

First Things to Do When You Arrive

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Moving to a new country can be hard. You may struggle to understand your new environment. The ways people do everyday things may be unusual to you. Many things like housing, health, education, employment, finances, government, shopping, customs, etc. may be different from your country of origin or the country where you lived before.

Making a new home can take a long time, especially if you do not have the right information and do not know what to do. To help you with that, we have developed this Guide.

When you arrive in PEI, there are many things you need do to get settled. We have listed the most important ones on the checklists below. There is more information about each of the items on the checklists, and many other topics, further in the Guide. [See links to the right]

Things to Do Upon Arrival

Note

Some of the items on the checklists on this page may not apply to you. For example, if you do not have minor children, you are not going to apply for Child Tax Benefit.

Also, you may have some special needs, and may need to do things that are not listed here. If that is the case, talk to the PEI ANC staff and they will help you out or refer you to someone who can help.

There are certain things you should do immediately upon arrival. Then there are things that are also essential to get settled, but can take longer time. It is a good idea to start doing them as soon as possible.

Things to Do Right Away

Here is a checklist of important things to do within two weeks of your arrival on PEI:

  • register with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, your local settlement agency
  • find a place to live
  • apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • apply for a PEI Health Card
  • apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
  • apply for the GST/HST Credit
  • open a bank account
  • get your name on the waiting list for a family doctor
  • find out about local health clinics and emergency services
  • get your language ability tested and find English classes for you and your family
  • register your children in school

Other Important Things to Do

Here is a checklist of other things that are important, but take more time to do and are helpful in making PEI a home for you and your family:

  • get information on training, upgrading, or international credentials recognition
  • learn how to look for a job in Canada and about Canadian workplace culture
  • get maps and find out about local transportation
  • apply for a driver's licence or identity card
  • find out where to shop
  • find out about recreation, sports, and the arts in your area
  • learn about your legal rights and responsibilities
  • increase your knowledge about Canada and PEI
  • socialize and make new friends
  • become a Canadian citizen