Your first few days in Manitoba: A newcomer checklist

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Your first few days in Manitoba

At the customs & immigration desk:

  1. Show your:

    • landing certificate
    • passport
    • two copies of Form BSF 186 (personal or household items you brought with you)
    • two copies of the list of items arriving later
  2. Interview

    • Customs and immigration officers will interview you.
    • They will ask a few questions you already answered in your application.
    • Fill out and sign papers at the immigration desk. After this, you can now officially enter Canada.
  3. Before leaving the airport

    • Check your bags before leaving.
    • Make sure that you are dressed for the weather before you step out.

After a few days:

  1. Get your

    • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    • health card
    • Permanent Resident (PR) card
    • If you wrote an address in Manitoba on the visa application, your PR card will be mailed to you.

      Read Essential documents for newcomers to know how to apply.

  2. Apply for a library card

    • The library is a good place for information.
    • They have facilities like computers, printers and wi-fi.
    • If you are not in Winnipeg, go to this site.
  3. Register at Manitoba Start

  4. Apply for government supports and benefits

    • If you have children below 18 years old, apply for the Canada Child Benefit (CCB).
    • It is tax-free money to help with the cost of raising children.
    • Check the Benefits Finder.
    • You can ask immigrant serving organizations for help in applying for benefits.
  5. Know your new home

  6. Know your neighbours

    • Go to your local community centre.
    • You and your family can join activities there.
    • You can also meet the families that live in your community.

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