5 pre-departure essentials
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Attend free pre-departure orientation seminars
- Canadian culture
- supports for newcomers
- answers to your questions about moving to Canada
Pre-departure orientation seminars
You can attend if you have:
- an invitation letter from CIIP/COA
- medical notification letter
- visa pick-up notification letter, or
- visa but have not yet landed in Canada
To register: Go to the CIIP or COA website; and Entry Program or SOPA.
English is necessary to survive in Canada. You need it to:
- get information
- ask for help
- participate in community life
- get a job
Improve your English skills by:
See our learning options here: Learn. Know more about English Online from this video:
Learn about living and working in Manitoba
Join forums or Facebook groups. You can:
- talk about concerns.
- get tips for newcomers.
- ask questions and receive answers from the members.
- Be careful about advice on forums. Members are not immigration experts.
- For immigration rules and laws, ask Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Join English Online’s free career and settlement mentorship service.
- You can sign up once you arrive in Manitoba
- Talk to a Career e-Mentor about working in Manitoba.
- Ask for a Settlement e-Volunteer to learn about life and culture.
- All sessions are done on Skype.
- You and your mentor set a meeting schedule.
Connect with SPOs
Settlement Provider Organizations (SPOs) give free services to permanent residents and refugees.
- teach English to newcomers.
- provide family services like parenting and child-care.
- help in housing, career orientation and job placement.
How to connect:
- Read SPO websites to know their services.
- Contact SPOs while you are still in your home country.
- Contact New Journey Housing. Ask about housing options.
Connect with your professional association
- See if your profession is regulated: Regulated professions and Trades.
- Know your professional association.
- Check their website or contact them.
- Get the requirements for certification or licensing.
- Start the process from your home country. Your licensing can be faster and less expensive.
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