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Prepare to Move

Prepare to move to Manitoba and settle in our community using our Checklist.

If you are currently working in Manitoba: ensure that you do not let your temporary work permit lapse while you await the processing of your permanent resident visa application, and to assist in your transition to permanent residence take advantage of the services offered free to newcomers by the governments of Manitoba and Canada.

Before you travel to Canada: After you and your family have received your paperwork from your local Canadian visa office, it is time for you to make your final preparations to move to Manitoba.

Having sent the visa office your passports upon request during the permanent resident application process, your passport will be returned to you with a page stamped to authorize your entry into Canada. The visa office also sends you a paper form called the Certificate of Permanent Residence(COPR). You must present your stamped passport and the COPR to the Canada Customs and Border Security officer at your port of entry (the international airport or land crossing).

Pre-departure Checklist

Note: You’ll be already well on your own to worry-free travels and a stress-free adjustment to your new life in Manitoba if you have created a Settlement Plan.

1. Gather other entry documents: To cross the border there is personal and other papers you must have. See the list of documents at Prepare your documents.

What you can bring into Canada: When moving to Canada from another country you may bring your personal and household goods without paying duty. But you must pay duty on all unused items. Some things such as guns and certain foods, you cannot import. Learn more at CIC: What you can bring.

2. Find a place to stay: If you did not find a house or apartment during your pre-arrival preparations, or are not staying with friends or family, you should locate a hotel in which to stay upon arrival in Manitoba. Search for accommodations at Travel Manitoba – Where to Stay.

3. Get Canadian money: It’s a good idea to exchange some money at home before you leave so you have Canadian cash on hand for immediate needs such as transportation, accommodation and food.

4. Dress for the weather: Before you leave your home country find out the temperature and conditions in Manitoba around your arrival date by visiting the Weather Office.

Summer is hot. Winter is cold. Arriving in July, you may see temperatures above +30 C, while in the winter months (around January to March) it’s not uncommon for the thermometer to drop below -30 C. To keep warm in winter Manitobans, when we leave our heated homes and offices to go outside, wear insulated boots, hats that cover the ears, gloves and well-insulated coats or jackets.

5. Airport transportation: A taxi from the airport to downtown Winnipeg (where the major hotels are located) costs about C$20. Planes arrive atWinnipeg International Airport.

6. Map of Winnipeg: To acquaint yourself with your destination, browse websites such as Tourism Winnipeg and Travel Manitoba and check out theGoogle Map of Winnipeg.

7. Upon arrival, visit Manitoba Start: In downtown Winnipeg is Manitoba Immigration’s welcome, information and referral office for New Manitobans.

Manitoba Start staff will assess your needs and help you find services you need for orientation, language training, employment and establishing your family in the neighbourhood of your choice.

or outside of Winnipeg: contact the local Community Settlement Coordinator.  In Roblin, contact Doris at 204-647-0755 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it