5 pre-departure essentials

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  1. Attend free pre-departure orientation seminars

    Learn about:

    • Canadian culture
    • employment
    • 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.


  2. Learn English

    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:

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  4. 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.

  5. Connect with SPOs

    Settlement Provider Organizations (SPOs) give free services to permanent residents and refugees.
    They can:

    • teach English to newcomers.
    • provide family services like parenting and child-care.
    • help in housing, career orientation and job placement.
  6. 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.

  7. 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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