Before you arrive in Canada, you will need:
Ensure you bring all of your official documents for you and members of your family who are coming to Canada. These may include:
- Canadian immigrant visa (if applicable),
- Confirmations of Permanent Residence
- birth certificates or adoption documents
- family records (marriage or divorce certificate)
- education diplomas/certificates or transcripts listing the courses you have taken for your diploma/certificate
- letters of reference from previous employers
- medical records (vaccination records)
- driver’s licenses or other identification documents
You may not be required to show all of these documents for the immigration process, however, it is useful to have them available in case you need them in the future. Once you’ve left your country, these documents are not as easy to obtain. Where possible, get certified translations of these documents if the original documents are not in English or French (Canada’s official languages).
The Canadian government allows you to bring your currently owned personal and household items, without duties or taxes, when you immigrate to Canada. This ranges from furniture, clothing, appliances, antiques to family heirlooms. You will want to have two detailed lists (containing value, make, model) of personal and household items, one for 1) goods you are bringing with you and 2) the other list for goods that will be arriving separately.
“Citizenship and Immigration Canada recommends that you purchase private health insurance to pay for your healthcare needs until the date when you receive free government health insurance.”
Manulife is one of the strongest and most reputable insurance companies in Canada, and offers a Visitors to Canada medical insurance package that is structured for the specific needs of newcomers to Canada. It is designed to protect:
- Travellers to Canada
- Temporary residents with work visas or student visas
- Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
- New permanent residents to Canada
We recommend that you apply for Manulife’s Visitors to Canada medical insurance coverage before you arrive in Canada to ensure you have appropriate coverage on your first day in Canada.
Visitors to Canada Insurance will cover your emergency medical costs, should you have any. These may include:
- treatment by doctor (inside or outside hospital)
- ambulance transportation
- stay in hospital ($3000/night)
- medical testing (X-ray, medical supplies)
- accident dental
In addition to coverage in Canada, the Visitors to Canada plan includes travel insurance coverage for short trips to other countries (for example, shopping in the United States.)
Visitors to Canada medical insurance helps to protect your family during the first three months as you wait for approval into BC’s public healthcare insurance, Medical Services Plan (MSP). Healthcare is expensive in Canada. An overnight stay in a BC hospital costs over $3000/night, if you do not yet have MSP coverage. Our Visitors to Canada medical insurance provides coverage ranging from $15,000 to $150,000. For new immigrants, we would recommend at least $50,000/person in coverage during the initial 3-month period.
To ensure you are effectively covered and able to receive prompt payment for any claims, it’s important to accurately answer all of the questions in the insurance questionnaire.
If you would like further guidance on how Visitors to Canada insurance works or whether it can protect any of your pre-existing medical conditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Yan-Min at 250-590-8481
Please visit here to apply for Manulife Travel Insurance