To make the transition to Canada as easy as possible you will need to prepare.
Before you arrive: Before you get ready to leave for Ontario, review the Ontario Day to Day video at www.cic.gc.ca. The information will help you understand what you can expect when you arrive. It is most important to gather all the documents you will need to enter, study, work and settle in Ontario. If possible, have these documents translated into English or French.
You must present the following documents to enter Canada:
• Canadian Immigrant Visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member travelling with you.
• Valid passport or other travel document for each family mem-ber travelling with you.
• Two copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you.
• Two copies of a list of items that are arriving later.
• Proof that you have enough money to cover living expenses for six months.
Depending on your situation, you should also bring the following important documents:
• Birth, baptismal and/or marriage certificates.
• Adoption, separation or divorce papers.
• School records, transcripts, diplomas and/or degrees.
• Trade or professional certificates and licenses.
• Letters of reference from former employers.
• Résumé (list of your educational and professional qualifications and job experience).
• Immunization, vaccination, dental and other health records for each family member.
• Driver’s license including an International Driver’s Permit.
• Photocopies of all essential and important documents.
• Car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada).
Did you know... Before you arrive in Canada you may be asked to complete a Customs Declaration Card. You must complete this card before you meet with customs and immigration officials.
When you arrive in Canada: You will be interviewed by a Customs Officer of the Canada Border Services Agency. You will need to show the officer your immigrant visa and a list of all the household and personal items you are bringing into Canada. The Customs Officer will then refer you to an Immigration Officer. The Immigration Officer will check your travel documents and ask you questions to verify that you are of good character and in good health. You may also be asked to show proof of your funds. If there are no difficulties, the Immigration Officer will authorize your entry to Canada as a permanent resident. If you arrive in Toronto, Montréal or Vancouver, you will find immigrant reception services at the airport.
– ONTARIO DAY TO DAY WORKBOOK 2010