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:
- Centre de Santé Communautaire du Grand Sudbury (CSCGS)
- YMCA of Northeastern Ontario
- Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association
- College Boreal
- Réseau du Nord
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
- Research Canadian Financial Institutions (banks). Open a Canadian bank account.
- Find a place to stay (review home purchase or rental options). Please note that you may require a guarantor or references for rentals.
- Learn about your rights as a tenant.
- Find a telephone and an internet service
- Discover the MyBus App to plan local travel. Explore more travel options.
- If you plan to drive in Canada, you will require a Canadian Driver’s License.
- Get your credential(s) accredited (if necessary).
- Enroll your children in school.
- Register younger children for childcare.
- Attend free English language classes.
- Search and apply for job opportunities. Learn about your rights as an employee.
- Find the closest public library from your home. You can access the internet, computers, books, enjoy great activities and more.
- Enjoy free access to the walking trails, neighborhood parks and courts. Discover Sudbury and explore our visitor guide.
- Find community faith, cultural groups and volunteer opportunities.
- Learn about Canadian laws and your rights and responsibilities.
- Watch this video for more useful information.
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.