Once a new immigrant arrives in Canada there three important things that they must do:
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
How to apply
To work in Canada, you require a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You can apply for one at the port of entry (Canada Immigration Office) when you first arrive. If you have not done this:
There is no fee to apply for a Social Insurance Number. You will retain the number for life. Medical Insurance (OHIP)
Every province has a taxpayer - funded health insurance program that provides inexpensive, high-quality health care. Without it, health care costs are high.
Once covered under medicare, you will receive a provincial health card with an identification number. You must re-register if you move to another province. Be sure to inform your insurance plan if you move, or if your family size or marital status changes as it may affect your coverage.
Medicare covers medical services, including physician fees and hospital costs, with the following exceptions:
If you don't know whether the treatment you desire is covered, ask the person administering it.
Generally, to qualify for medicare in most provinces you must reside in that Province, you must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. If you have temporary status, contact your Provincial healthcare agency to ask if healthcare coverage is available.
How to apply
Contact the Provincial health care authority for an application. In most instances, you will need your Social Insurance Number, copies of your visa or landed immigrant papers. When your coverage begins, you will receive a Healthcare care with your name and personal health number. Carry this card with you at all times.
When you open any type of bank account, you will be asked for personal information and identification, including:
You will be asked to sign an account agreement and make a minimum deposit. If you are making a large cash deposit, the law may require that you sign a declaration attesting to the source of the funds.