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How you can prepare for and settle in Canada if you’re arriving during the pandemic

January 18, 2021

By CIC News |

While moving to a new country can be both an exciting and somewhat stressful process on its own, moving during the pandemic comes with its own set of unique circumstances. With the right resources and planning, you will soon be able to successfully call the vibrant cities and stunning scenery in Canada your home.

Research as much as possible

Spending some time researching your desired community before your move is key. As the bank for newcomers, we suggest a few things you may want to consider when choosing your new city to call home:

Get set to arrive

Before your arrival date, understand how COVID-19 could impact your new citizenship. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s site is the best resource for the latest news. Depending on your citizenship status, you may be allowed to leave your country even if your country has a current travel ban in place. Here are a few other things you need to do before you book your plane tickets:

Get your documentation quickly

New Canadian residents will need the following three documents as soon as you arrive:

Finding a new job in this unique season

Ideally, it is best to have a job secured before you settle in Canada, especially since COVID-19 has presented all companies with new challenges. However, if you haven’t accepted a job offer yet, these tips can help:

How to live in your new country with COVID-19 restrictions

Before 2020, new residents could have popped into the local stores and started acquainting themselves with their new community and fellow residents. The current times make such activities impossible in many communities. Instead, newcomers should familiarize themselves with local online shopping retailers and delivery service providers.

During your isolation period, you will not be able to interact with others outside of your home. This means you will need to order groceries and supplies online. Check to see if Grocery Gateway, Walmart grocery delivery, or other online retailers are available in your area – you will want to stock up on pantry and cleaning essentials, such as disinfectants.

Check out our list of tips to help you through a pandemic. Let us help take some stress off your shoulders by covering your banking needs with a program designed just for newcomers like you.