• Video: Before you arrive in Canada
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    Get to know Canada

    Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there is a great deal to learn about and explore before you arrive here.

    Get health care

    All Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for health insurance in Canada.

    Find a place to live

    Your first decision when you are looking for a place to live is whether to rent or buy a house or apartment. Find out more about finding a place to live.

    Plan your finances

    Make sure to plan your finances and learn about sales tax, income tax, banking, budgeting and more.

    Enrol your children in school

    In Canada, the government provides an education for every child free of charge. Public education is paid for through taxes and is administered by the provinces and territories in cooperation with local school boards.

    Choose your transportation

    There are many transportation options available. Find out more about cars, public transportation, buses and trains.

    Learn Canada’s official languages

    Speaking either English or French can help you to adapt to life in Canada by making it easier to get a job, communicate with Canadians and talk with your children in the language they learn at school.

    Adjust to life in Canada

    The more you learn about Canada, the easier your adjustment to your new home will be.

    Celebrate being Canadian

    Canadians are proud of their citizenship. We value the rights and freedoms and accept the responsibilities that this status gives us.