Before I Arrive

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) provides a checklist of important things to do before and after you arrive in Canada. You can also watch a Before You Arrive To Canada video that CIC has made available. 

Common documents include:
  • birth certificate or baptismal certificates
  • passport
  • marriage, separation or divorce papers
  • adoption records for adopted children
  • death certificate for a deceased spouse
  • school records, educational diplomas and certificates, including transcripts listing the courses you took to obtain a degree or certificate
  • medical records (prescriptions, test results, x-rays, allergies, etc.) and dental records
  • letters of reference from former employers
  • car registration documents (if you are importing a motor vehicle into Canada)
  • photocopies of all essential and important documents in case the originals get lost (be sure to keep the photocopies in a separate place from the originals)

The Ontario government provides an excellent guide for both before you arrive and after you arrive, The Orientation to Ontario Workbook.