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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada A N EWCOMER ’ S I NTRODU CTION

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada

A N EWCOMER ’ S I NTRODU CTION TO C ANADA
A N EWCOMER ’ S
I NTRODU CTION TO C ANADA

2003 EDITION

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada A N EWCOMER ’ S I NTRODU CTION

C&I-031-07-03E

About This Booklet

Congratulations! You are taking a big step. Moving to a new country offers exciting opportunities and new beginnings!

This book will help you get ready to leave your home country and make a new life in Canada. It was written especially for newcomers. It tells you what documents you will need to bring, what to expect in the first few days and weeks, how to find a place to live, get a Social Insurance Number and a health- care card, and find a job. It also explains what services you can expect to receive from the immigrant-serving organizations across Canada. You will also find useful information about Canada’s geography, history, government and way of life, and about how to become a Canadian citizen.

You can either read this book from cover to cover, or one section at a time, depending on what you need to know. If you have access to the Internet, you can do more research before you leave for Canada by visiting the Web sites listed.

A Newcomer’s Introduction to Canada was written to give you helpful information for planning ahead, but it is not a detailed guide. When you arrive in Canada, you will be given another book called Welcome to Canada: What You Should Know. It contains specific information on all the practical aspects of living in Canada.

A Newcomer’s Introduction to Canada will not answer all of your questions, but it is a good place to start.

Please Note

This booklet contains information that was current at the time of publication. It features information from many sources, and should not be confused with official statements of policy or programming.

The Government of Canada is not responsible for information that changes between printings.

© Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2003 Cat. No. Ci63-19/2003E ISBN 0-662-31658-4

Table of contents

Contents

   

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CHAPTER 1: GETTING READY — BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR CANADA

 

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What you should know about health care

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Getting ready to look for work

Getting ready if you are a business immigrant

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Communities across Canada

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CHAPTER 2: THE DAY YOU ARRIVE IN CANADA

 

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CHAPTER 3: IMMIGRANT-SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

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LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)

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CHAPTER 4: YOUR FIRST FEW DAYS IN CANADA

 

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CHAPTER 5 : FINDING A JOB, BUILDING A FUTURE

 

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INTRODUCTION

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CHAPTER 6 : GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT CANADA

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