Arriving as a newcomer to Canada, either alone or with family, can be a difficult adjustment for anyone.
We at Victoria Notary Services can help you navigate through some of this bureaucracy.
One of the first things you should acquire upon arriving in Canada is a Social Insurance Number (SIN). A SIN is required if you would like to open a Canadian bank account and work in Canada. You can apply for your SIN with your proof-of-identity documents at a Service Canada Centre- an address and directions to our Victoria Service Canada Centre can be found below.
Proof-of-identity documents are required to obtain Canadian identification such as a British Columbia Identification, Permanent/Temporary Resident Card, BC Care Card, and Visa.
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Depending on your housing needs and financial position there are many local businesses and establishments that can help you make an informed decision when purchasing or renting a home. You might consider factors such as location, commuting from home to work, and nearby schools for your children.
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CMHC Renting, Buying a Home, Planning and Managing your Mortgage:
International Cultural Association of Greater Victoria:
New to BC Guide:
One of the first things you will need to do upon arriving in Canada is open a Canadian bank account. There are many financial institutions where you can open a bank account and many of them offer specific products and packages aimed at newcomers to Canada. Before making large purchases, such as a property, it is also important to go review your financial position.
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The Shipley family is a third generation Victoria family. The last 40 years have been spent in the Gordon Head area of Victoria where both children, Jillyn Shipley and Tim Shipley, were born and raised.