Before You Arrive

After you receive your Permanent Residency or your work permit, learning about New Brunswick, your selected new region, the services provided, and planning your tasks before your moving day will ensure a smooth transition and make your settlement process easier.

1. Learn More About New Brunswick and Our Communities

Discover the different regions of the province as well as their culture, history, and languages here so you can choose the spot that’s the perfect fit for you and your family.

2. Learn About Your Rights and Responsibilities

Learn about life in Canada and about the rights and responsibilities of residents in Canada.

3. Assess Your Language Skills

New Brunswick has two official languages: English and French. Language skills are very important to help you and your family settle in Canada. Take steps to improve your French or English while you are still in your home country and as soon as you arrive in Canada.

4. Read the Orientation Guide for Newcomers

The Orientation Guide for Newcomers contains information on a range of topics that will help you to get established in New Brunswick. Topics include housing, healthcare, education, and other important information.

To view the guide, click here.

a. You will need to create a new account.

b. Find the Orientation Guide for Newcomers course and click the Access button.

c. Click Enroll.

5. Get Ready for Employment and Credential Recognition

If you still do not have an offer of employment from a New Brunswick employer, you can start your search before you arrive. You can find more information here.

Research your field of employment and find out if your occupation is regulated or requires licensing to work in New Brunswick.

Find out what, if any, upgrading or further study you will need to complete to be licensed or certified to work in Canada. Familiarize yourself with local job and business opportunities, as well as with our business culture.

6. Access Pre-Arrival Services

Pre-arrival services can help you to prepare for your move to Canada and connect you with services after you arrive. Please contact the respective Immigration Settlement Agency.

7. Understand Canadian Currency, Research Exchange Rates, and Savings Requirements

You will want to have some Canadian funds in hand so you can take care of immediate needs when you arrive. Research rates to make the most of your currency exchange. Make sure you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family, if you do not have a job offer in hand.

8. Research What the Weather Will Be Like When You Arrive

Check weather conditions in New Brunswick for the month you arrive. If you are arriving in the spring or fall, you will need warm clothes to keep you dry and comfortable. If you are arriving between November and April, you will need to have warm, heavy, winter clothing including gloves, hats, a scarf, and warm boots.

9. Have Prescriptions Filled

Make sure you have an adequate supply of medication for you and your family members.

10. Organize Your Papers and Documents

You will need several essential documents with you when you travel, including valid visas and passports, itemized lists of personal belongings, and some financial records. For the most current list of essential documents, click here.

11. Navigate Through Online Resources to Help You Prepare
12. Plan for Your First Weeks in Canada

Start a list with all the important steps you should take in your first few weeks in New Brunswick. Arrange for a place to stay before you leave. If you do not have family or friends you can stay with, find hotels, motels, or hostels in the city where you will be living. Click here for more information on what to do after you arrive.

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