There are several important documents that you should acquire to receive basic services and to enable you to work in Manitoba:
Your Manitoba Health card allows you to see a doctor, get a prescription, visit a hospital emergency room or use most other health services. Permanent residents are eligible for coverage on their date of arrival when proof of Permanent Resident Status is provided or on the date Permanent Resident Status is granted.
For those coming from another province or territory, coverage will begin on the first day of the third month after your arrival in Manitoba. Based on the Canada Health Act, residents moving from one province/territory to another will be covered by their home province/territory during the waiting period.
- Where to apply: Manitoba Health, 300 Carlton St., Winnipeg MB. (see notice above)
- What you’ll need:
- Completed Manitoba Health Registration Form (you can also get the form from the City of Winnipeg, 510 Main St., Winnipeg, MB, or for rural areas, contact your city or municipal office toll free 1-800-392-1207 or TTY/TTD: 711 or 1-800-855-0511).
- Permanent Resident Confirmation card (copy of both sides) or your Record of Landing (IMM 1000).
- Previous province’s/territory’s health card (if applicable).
- Supporting documents (as of 2019):
(If you have just arrived and need a letter as proof of physical address/physical residency, Immigrant Centre Manitoba can help you. Go to their Language Bank Services for more information).
- Fee/Cost: No fee.
- For more info: Tel. no.: 204-786- 7101; Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors
You need a Social Insurance Number to work in Canada and to receive benefits and services from government programs. Your SIN is highly confidential. It is a key to your personal information so you should share it only when you know it is legally required. Read Your Social Insurance Number: A Shared Responsibility from Service Canada to know how to protect your SIN.
- Where to apply: In-person application at Service Canada is currently suspended until further notice. You may apply online or by mail.
- What you’ll need: One of the following original (not photocopies) primary proof-of-identity documents:
Permanent Resident Card (issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC); or
Confirmation of Permanent Residence (issued by IRCC). You will need a supporting proof-of-identity document if the name on your primary proof of identity document is different from the name you currently use. This can be a certificate of marriage, marriage statement, court order document, an adoption order, notarial certificate, and others. If you are applying for your child or are a representative for someone else, go to this link for the requirements.
- Fee/Cost: No fee.
- For more info: Service Canada; or call 1-800-206-7218; TTY 1-800-926-9105
Calling from outside Canada: 506-548-7961 (long distance charges apply).
Permanent Resident Card
Your PR card is official proof that you are a permanent resident of Canada. It is a wallet-sized plastic card that you are required to show if you leave and enter Canada from another country.
- Where to go: If you supplied a Canadian mailing address in your visa application, this will be mailed to you. If you did not provide an address, you can provide it online within 180 days upon landing.
- If you need to apply for a PR card, you can do it online. Apply if you have gone beyond the 180-day deadline, lost your PR card, if it has expired, or if you have legally changed your name or you are changing the gender designation on your card. You will need to follow instructions and submit documents (depending on your reason for applying). Follow the detailed instructions on this page: Applying for a Permanent Resident Card
- Fee/Cost: $50.
- For more info: IRCC
You need to open a bank account to safeguard your finances and to have access to services such as loans, mortgages, or investments. Employers will also ask for your bank account details to forward your salary. Read the article Essential facts newcomers need to know about financial institutions in Manitoba to get some tips to help you choose a bank (or a credit union).
- Where to go: Check bank websites or call for an appointment. Compare services and benefits and choose the one that best fits your needs. Take advantage of special promotions for newcomers. Ask about specially designed newcomer accounts and packages.
- What to bring: You will need two pieces of identification such as a PR card, passport, SIN card, driver’s licence or an employee photo card. However, requirements can vary per bank. Call the bank and ask directly, or visit their website.
- Fee/Cost: Opening an account is free. However, service fees apply. It depends on the bank and type of account you have.
- For more info: Banking for newcomers; Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
You may drive in Manitoba with a valid driver’s licence from another country for up to three months from your date of entry to Canada. After this, you will need a Manitoba Driver’s Licence. You have to be at least 16 years old, pass a knowledge test, and then a road test (unless you come from a reciprocal country).
- Where to go: Check MPI’s COVID-10 Information. You must register as a Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) customer and provide proper identification documents. You can go to an Autopac agent (service centre) or to Manitoba Public Insurance claim/service centres.
- What to bring: You will need proof of identity that shows your birth date, full legal name, signature, photograph, Manitoba residence and permanent address, and entitlement to be in Canada. Here is a list of approved documents that you should bring. Read New to Manitoba for a step-by-step guide to applying.
- Fee/Cost: Schedule of Charges.
- For more info: Manitoba Public Insurance; Tel. No.: 204-985-7000; Toll free: 1-800-665-2410; TTY/TTD: 204-985-8832.
Article updated as of June, 2020. As this is only a guide, please verify with the proper agency (depending on the document that you need) before applying. Requirements, processing times and fees may change.
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Sara: I am not sure what to apply for first. It seems like there’s a lot to do!
- health card
- Manitoba Health
- Service Canada SIN card
- Permanent Resident Card
- driver’s license
- road Autopac
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- 1. Ming: Yes, it can be confusing but there are certain documents that you need to apply for as soon as possible. You should apply for a ______________ so that you can visit a doctor or get medication from a pharmacy.
- 2. Sara: I did that yesterday. I had to visit _______________ at 300 Carlton.
- 3. Ming: Good! Next, you should go down to a _____________ office to apply for a _____________ so that you can apply to work in Canada. Once you get this card, you should not share it with others unless absolutely necessary. People can use your personal information in a dishonest manner.
- 4. Ming: Remember to have your ________________ with you before leaving Canada for any amount of time. You will need it when re-entering Canada.
- 5. Ming: So let me think what you should apply for next… I guess the next step would be to visit a _______________ and set up an account. You need to start thinking about a way to manage your money.
- 6. Sara: Do you think I could get a car __________? I have some money saved up but I don’t think it is enough.
- 7. Ming: I’m sure they can work something out. Before you do that, you will need a valid _______________.
- 8. Sara: I did some research on that. I have to apply for a ____________ test at an ___________ agent.
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