By Lisa Marie Brennan
Moving to a new country is a huge life change. The very thought of starting your life over, mastering a foreign language, adjusting to a new climate and being accepted overall, can be daunting. Here are five tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Make a To-Do List, Virtually
There is so much to worry about when relocating, and staying organizing is key. Keep a running list of any questions you may have, so you don’t forget to ask the appropriate people. You can add to this list as inquires come up. There are great apps out there, like Evernote, or Trello, which can keep your tasks handy, as well as all the contacts and documents needed to do them.
Get All Your Documents in Order Upon Arrival
There is some important paperwork that has to be filled out once you arrive in Canada. For starters, you will need to obtain your Social Insurance Number (so you are eligible to work here) and your Ontario Health Card. If you drive, you will be given a temporary driver’s licence that will allow you to drive in Canada. Keep in mind that it is only offered for a short time until you obtain a permanent one. See here for more information.
Connect with People Who Speak Other Languages
It’s all too easy to limit your communication with those who speak the same language as you do. Why not, right? It’s familiar and doesn’t tax the brain. However, doing so won’t help you learn the language in your new country. Make an effort to associate with people who do not speak your mother tongue so you can feel more confident about learning the language. French and English classes are also available and are free. See here for further information on how to register.
Fast Track to Meeting New People: Volunteer
Whether you’re new to the country or not, volunteering is a great way to spend your time and paves the way for future job opportunities. It will also give you a chance to practice your new language.
Seek Help if Needed
Remember that help is available if you do need it. Don’t be afraid to search the Citizens and Immigration Canada’s list of organizations available on Service Canada’s website. They can help find temporary housing, jobs and training.
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