- Research your new city / neighbourhood
If you’ve chosen to move out of province, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into and to plan accordingly. If you have children, you will want to look into schools near your home, or if you haven’t secured a job in that city yet, you may want to check the job market and look for any positions available in your field.
- Visit your new city
Before making the jump to a new city or province, it’s highly recommended that you take at least one trip to see the place you’re planning on settling down. This gives you a better understanding about the new life you will be adopting, as well as give you a chance to orient yourself in your new surroundings.
- Find a new home
Once you’ve decided on your location, you will need to find a new place to live. This is especially important to do before you move. It is recommended that you start in a new city by renting as opposed to buying outright just to get a better feel for the environment.
- Come up with a packing plan
We have helped you out with this one by detailing step-by-step how to pack efficiently. It is important to efficiently pack and downsize by tossing or giving away non-essentials.
- Transfer utilities
Before moving, you will want to let your utility company know when and where you will be moving. This includes your water, gas, internet, cable, and electricity companies. If you have a new address to provide to them, allow them to help you schedule a transfer to your new home.
- Mailing address change
Before moving, you can contact Canada Post and let them know when you will be moving. They will then have all your mail forwarded from that date on to your new address. If you’re unsure of where you’ll be moving, you can open a PO box in your new city and have your mail sent there in the meantime.
- Establish domicile in new province
This is important to do for tax purposes, especially if you’ll be moving as a permanent resident. To find more detailed information about this process, check your new province’s website for details.
- License your pet
If you are moving with furry friends, it is important to have them licensed in your new city or province. These requirements will vary depending on where you are moving, but most restrictions are in place to ensure that your animal’s shots are up to date and they will not be a risk to the animals in your new province.