Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of new residents.
Coming to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity, but
a great challenge as well. The following information can really
help in getting yourself prepared for the challenge.
Please, fill in the "Tajneed" form and keep a constant
contact with the president of "Jamat". Please, also make sure
that your address, contact (telephone) number and the
information regarding family status is up to date. In case of
a change immediately inform the central Jamat directly or
through your local Jamat. In case of any difficulty or issue,
please, take guidance from Jamat by calling the "Mission House"
at (905) 832-2669.
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number used
in the administration of various Canadian government programs.
You will require a SIN to work in Canada or to receive
For all requests (first-time, replacement, amendment,
corrections, etc.), you must complete an application form and
provide an original of a primary document that proves your
identity and status in Canada. You must also provide a
supporting document if the name on your primary document is
different from the one you are currently using. It is important
that documents are originals and that they are written in
English or French.
Application forms may be picked up at your local Human
Resources Development Canada (HRDC) office or you may
download one in a PDF format from this site. You will
require Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out and print this
HRDC encourages you to apply for your SIN in person at a
HRDC office. This process is faster and more convenient,
as it does not require you to part with your valuable
Each time you apply for a Social Insurance Number card, you
must provide a primary document and a supporting document
if the name you are now using is different than the name
appearing on your primary document.
All documents must be originals.
A supporting document is a legal document, which reflects
the name you are currently using. It is required when the
name you are currently using does not appear on your primary
document. The type of supporting document required depends
on the reason for the change.
If your surname changed by marriage, you must submit a
Canadian marriage certificate, a foreign marriage
certificate or a Divorce decree.
If your name changed by law, you must submit a Certificate
of name change (certificate or court order made under a
provincial change of name act or under similar legislation)
or adoption papers.
If the name on your primary document is different from the
name you are now using, submit one of the following
documents. Documents must be originals.
- Marriage certificate or marriage registration - This
document is valid to change your surname. A marriage
certificate is not acceptable for persons residing in
Quebec and who were married in that province after April
1st, 1981. A marriage license is not acceptable.
- Divorce Decree - This document is valid for a change
in the surname only.
- Legal change of name document - This document is
a certificate or a court order made under a provincial
change of name act or under similar legislation.
- Declaration of Assumed Name/Statutory Declaration - This
document is only acceptable for residents of the following provinces:
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario
- Adoption papers
- Request to Amend Immigration Record of Landing
No fee is charged for a first-time application for a Social Insurance Number card.
A $10 fee is charged for the replacement of a SIN card.
Acceptable methods of payment are by personal cheques, bank
drafts or money orders payable in Canadian funds to the
Receiver General for Canada. Cash should never be sent by
mail, but it is accepted at any HRDC office.
A legal name change is considered an amendment to your SIN
card; not a replacement and no fee is charged.
It is important that the names and Social Insurance Number
(SIN) under which you are working are identical to the name
and SIN that appear on your SIN card. This will ensure that
your Canada and/or Québec Pension Plan contributions are
properly credited to you.
To apply for a Social Insurance Number by mail, you must
mail your completed application form, identity document(s),
and fee for replacement card (if applicable) to:
Social Insurance Registration
P.O. Box 7000
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Your document(s) will be returned with your SIN card.
Please note that we are not responsible for document(s)
lost in transit. We suggest that you visit a HRDC office
to complete an application form.
Your card should be received by mail within three weeks
from the date you submit your application, providing it
meets all criteria. However, you should wait four weeks
before enquiring as to the status of your card.
The Social Insurance Number is required by law, as an
administrative number for authorized federal programs,
notably Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan and
income tax. According to existing legislation, only your
employer needs to see your card. All other authorized users
need only be provided your number. Therefore, it may not be
necessary to have a card in your possession. In fact, we
recommend you to keep your Social Insurance Number card in
a safe place.
If your Social Insurance Number card has been lost or stolen, a
replacement card or a new Social Insurance Number may be requested.
In general terms, every person who works in insurable or
pensionable employment in Canada is required to have a
Social Insurance Number (SIN). By law, you must provide
your SIN to authorize federal agencies, such as Human
Resources Development Canada and Canada Customs and Revenue
Agency, your employer, and anyone else who prepares income
tax information on your behalf. This includes some
provincial and municipal agencies that must report
financial assistance payments for income tax purposes,
and all institutions from which you earn interest or income,
such as banks, credit unions and trust companies.
Yes. A death certificate or a copy of the death certificate,
as well as the SIN card or the SIN number of the deceased is
required. The document(s) can be submitted in person at a
local Human Resources Development Canada office or by mail
to the following address:
Social Insurance Registration
P.O. Box 7000
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Note: Notification of death may be received from law
enforcement agencies or representatives of the estate.
Visitors cannot obtain a SIN unless they are working in
Canada. To be eligible to work, you must have a Visitor
Record issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which
authorizes you to work. In order to receive a SIN, you must
provide a contract of employment from your employer,
details indicated below, together with your Visitor Record.
A contract must contain the duration of employment; the end
date cannot be beyond the expiry date indicated
on your Visitor Record. The contract must:
- state the job offered and the fact that you have accepted this offer;
- clearly identify the company (e.g.: be on letterhead);
- indicate the start and end dates of employment;
- contain your employer’s name and telephone number;
- be signed by both you and your employer.
Yes, you can apply to obtain a Social Insurance Number or a replacement card,
to request an amendment to your card or record, or to receive a confirmation
of your SIN if you are a Canadian citizen living outside Canada. There is no
distinction between Canadian citizens living outside or inside Canada.
If you are not a Canadian citizen and you are living outside
Canada, you cannot obtain a Social Insurance Number, a
replacement card, request an amendment to your card or
record, or receive a confirmation of your Social Insurance
Number, unless you are eligible to receive Canada Pension
Plan (CPP) benefits. If so, a written confirmation from CPP
which states that you are eligible for benefits is required.
You should be aware that you can apply for CPP without a
Social Insurance Number, or without knowing your Social
You may obtain a SIN if you prove you are authorized to
work in Canada. You must provide one of the acceptable
documents issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) to obtain a 900 series SIN.
For more details and how to apply for the SIN Card,
please visit the following website.
One of the most important things you need to do as soon as you
arrive in Canada is to apply for a health insurance card. All
members of your family, even newborn babies must have their
own card. You can get an application form from the provincial
ministry of health office, any doctor's office, a hospital or
a pharmacy. If necessary, the immigrant-serving organization
in your area can help you fill out the form.
In Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Quebec, there
is a three-month waiting period before you become eligible for
Health-care services covered by medicare include:
Health-care services not covered by medicare, and for which you will have to pay, include:
- Examination and treatment by family doctors
- Many types of surgery
- Most treatment by specialists
- Hospital care & X-rays
- Many laboratory tests & most immunizations
For more information, please visit:Click here
- Ambulance services
- Prescription drugs
- Dental care, glasses and contact lenses
The Canada Child Tax Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made
to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising
children under age 18. The CCTB may include the National Child
Benefit Supplement (NCBS), a monthly benefit for low-income
families with children, and the Child Disability Benefit (CDB),
a monthly benefit providing financial assistance for qualified
families caring for children with severe and prolonged mental
or physical impairments.
Are you eligible?
To be eligible to receive the CCTB, you have to live with the
child and be a resident of Canada for income tax purposes.
For more information, please visit the following website:
In metropolitan Toronto, there is a system of public transport
including buses, street car and sub-way. It is really convenient
and the service is really good.
To be eligible to receive the CCTB, you have to live with the
child and be a resident of Canada for income tax purposes.
For fare, route and timing information, please visit the following web-site:
A birth certificate may be obtained by the person named on the
certificate (must be at least 13 years old), by a person's
parents and, if the person (registrant) is deceased, by the
next-of-kin or executor. Not more than one wallet-sized
certificate and one certified copy (long form) will be issued.
A marriage certificate may be obtained by the bride or
groom, or by the children of their marriage (natural or adoptive).
If a parent is deceased, children may obtain a certified copy
of the marriage.
Death certificates are available to anyone. A certified
copy of a death registration is only available to the next of
kin, the executor or the estate administrator.
Application forms are available online, by mail from the Office
of the Registrar General, in-person from our Toronto office at
Macdonald Block (900 Bay Street, 2nd floor), and at Ontario
Land Registry Offices and Government Information Centres located
across the province.
Applications may also be received and submitted by fax, provided
the applicant is making payment by VISA, AMEX or MasterCard.
For further information, you may write to the ORG at:
Office of the Registrar General
PO Box 4600
189 Red River Road
Thunder Bay ON
Or fax: (807) 343-7459
For information call:
Toronto and outside Ontario: (416) 325-8305
Toll free in Ontario: 1-800-461-2156
For more information on types of documents available and who is
entitled to these documents, please visit the following web site.
In Canada, education is the responsibility of each province or
territory. A recognized Canadian educational institution is one
which has a provincial or territorial diploma or degree-granting
Does the federal Public Service recognize foreign educational credentials?
The federal Public Service will accept and recognize any foreign
educational credentials as long as they are considered
acceptable by a recognized Canadian educational institution.
The individual must provide the government department
responsible for recruitment with a certificate or some kind of
assessment documentation indicating that his/her education from
a foreign institution has been assessed and found to be
equivalent to a certain level and degree within a recognized
Where can I find information on the assessment and recognition of foreign credentials for employment purposes?
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
(CICIC) assists persons who want to know how to obtain an
assessment of their educational, professional, and occupational
credentials by referring them to the appropriate bodies. CICIC
does not itself grant equivalencies or assess credentials, nor
does it intervene on behalf of individuals or in appeals. The
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
(CICIC) can be contacted at:
95 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1N6
Tel: (416) 962-9725
Fax: (416) 962-2800
Internet site: Click here
Which credentials evaluation services are available in Canada?
Please click here for a list of organizations.
When is it necessary to obtain Canadian academic equivalency for a foreign degree?
It is necessary to obtain Canadian academic equivalency for a
foreign degree if the degree is a requirement for a position in
the federal Public Service. For example, if the department
requires a Bachelor's degree from a recognized Canadian
university, the candidate would need to use the credential
evaluation service if his/her Bachelor's level degree was not
from Canada. However, if the candidate had a Bachelor's degree
from a foreign university and a Master's degree from a Canadian
university, he/she would not require the use of the credential
evaluation service. The Canadian university, by accepting the
candidate into the Master's level program, has already
recognized his/her Bachelor's degree.
For more information, please visit: Click here
Canada has one of the best colleges and universities in the
world. For a complete list of Canadian colleges and universities,
please visit the following link:
Please, make an effort to get the driving licence from the very
start. Study the driver’s manual handbook. It can be obtained
from the driver examination centre. It is advised that you try
to note the various traffic signs and traffic rules while moving
about. When you are ready to take the test, please find the
driver examination centre nearest to you to take the test.
Please Note: A minimum of two (2) pieces of identification
are required and at least one (1) piece must include your
To get an Ontario driver's licence, you are required to
provide proof of personal identity and date of birth. The
following documents are acceptable as proof of personal
identity and/or date of birth:
The following documents, which must be originals, are acceptable as proof of personal identity and/or date of birth.
- photo driver's licence from another jurisdiction
- citizenship card
- immigration card with photo
The following documents are acceptable as proof of personal identity:
- birth certificate
- baptismal certificate (must bear an official seal)
- driver's licence from another jurisdiction
- student card
- credit card
- membership card
|G and M Class Licence
|G1 Licence - cost includes knowledge test, G1 road test and five year licence
||Class G1 Road Test
||Five Year Licence
*This amount includes the portion of the fee required
to be paid by the licence applicant
into the Uninsured Vehicle Accident
Claims Fund under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act.
Currently, this amount is $5.00 for applicants receiving a 5 year licence.
|M1 Licence* - cost includes knowledge test, M1 road test and 90 day licence
||Class M1 Road Test
90 Day Licence
*If applicant is completing a Ministry of
Transportation-approved motorcycle safety course,
only the $15 Knowledge Test and 90 Day Licence fee is
|G2 or M2 Road Test
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|Complete Controlled Class Test - cost includes knowledge test and road test
|Complete Air Brake (Z) Endorsement Test
|Air Brake (Z) Endorsement Practical Test
Please note that fees for driver examination services are
set by the Government of Ontario
In Canada, all permanent residents must attend school. However,
the age requirement may vary from province to province. Most
students continue to attend after the required period and
receive a graduation diploma.
To enroll a child in school, you generally have to bring the
child to the local school along with his/her
- Birth certificate/passport
- Statement of immigration status
- Immunization record/documents
Citizenship and Immigration Canada gives money to community
organizations to provide language training for newcomers
through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada
(LINC) program. The language training through LINC is free
and available to all adult immigrants who are permanent
residents of Canada. Canadian citizens and refugees are not
eligible for this training. In many cases, child-minding is
available while the parent is attending the language classes.
For a list of LINC assessment centres please refer to the
following link: Click here
The first step in applying for the job is to create the right
resume and the cover letter. Providing a prospective employer
with a good resume can be a powerful asset. The applicant will
have greater self confidence, will be better presented, and
will have an edge over the competition.
It is strongly recommended that one should attend the
"writing resume and cover letter "workshops at Human
Resource Development Centre (HRDC)’s job assistance centre.
These job assistance centres provide the following facilities
free of charge:
Your job search should start the first week you land in Canada.
It is strongly recommended that you post your resumes at the
following web sites.
- Photocopying Facility
- Computer and Internet
- Fax (Local & Long Distance)
- Phone calls to prospective employees (Local & Long Distance)
- Job related seminars
The above sites are Canada’s premier job search web sites. It is
paramount that one should visit the web site and apply for the
jobs on a consistent/regular basis.
Although, as a permanent resident you can’t apply for the
federal government jobs, however, you can definitely apply for
Provincial Government Jobs as soon as you land as a permanent
resident. The following web site has provincial government job’s
For jobs in Ontario, Click here
Please, consult friends and relatives for finding a suitable
accommodation. You may also consult Nazim Jamat. Also consult
the local newspapers for rental section.
In case, your financial situation is not too good, there are
subsidized housing. This housing is provided by the provincial
government and you can apply for such accommodation.
The following Government of Canada Web sites will also help you
get a head start in your planning:
- www.canadabusiness.ca: The Canada Business Service Centre's Web site
is your single point of contact for information on government
services, programs and rules for business.
- www.strategis.gc.ca: This Industry Canada Web site has
business information to help you find partners, do market
research, find new technologies, and learn about financing
opportunities and growth areas in the Canadian economy.
- www.bdc.ca: This is the Web site of the Business
Development Bank of Canada. It provides financial and
consulting services to Canadian small businesses, especially
those in the technology and export sectors of the economy.
It also offers information on how to start a business and make
This is the Web site of the Canada Small Business Financing
Program. The program can help you finance your own business.
- www.contractscanada.gc.ca: This Web site has information
on how and what the Government of Canada buys (both goods and
- www.cic.gc.ca: This is the Web site of Citizenship and
Immigration Canada. It describes the Business Immigration
Program. You will find many answers to your questions at this
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