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A Checklist for Newcomers


Moving to a new city usually means that there is a lot to do. We can help by and directing you to the resources you will need before you leave and after you first arrive in Greater Sudbury. The Ontario Government provides information on everything you need to know about moving to and settling in Ontario. The Government of Canada website provides additional details on immigration and citizenship.

Before You Arrive

  • Research your new province and city.
  • Look at temporary housing for your first few nights.
  • Improve your language skills in at least one of Canada’s official languages: English and/or French.
  • Find out the weather trends and seasons. Pack appropriate clothing for the season you when you arrive.
  • Exchange your money for Canadian currency to use immediately.
  • Search and apply for job opportunities in Greater Sudbury. Review more Labor Market
  • It is highly recommended that you save enough money to cover all living expenses, including accommodation, food, transportation, and clothing for up to six months.

The First Few Days

Visit or call a local immigrant-serving organization:

Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) online or in person at 19 Lisgar Street, Sudbury, ON or by phone at 1-800-622-6232.

Apply for an Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card. If ineligible to apply immediately, you may consider purchasing health insurance to cover yourself until you become eligible for the provincial health-care system. Refugee claimants or protected persons may be eligible to apply for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage.


The First Few Weeks

Know Who to Call for Help

  • 9-1-1 for life threatening emergencies such as fire, medical or a crime in process.
  • 3-1-1 for any questions on services that the City of Sudbury provides, such as garbage and recycling, social services, recreation programs, property tax bills.
  • 2-1-1 for information on government and community-based health and social services, such as, housing, elder abuse, meals for seniors and disabilities.
  • 8-1-1 to connect with a registered nurse day or night for free, secure and confidential health advice.