Things to Do Upon ArrivalWhen you first move to Prince Edward Island (PEI), whether you've moved from another country or from within Canada, there are some items you will need to address. This section will provide helpful information, although not all items may be appropriate for you.
Things to Do Immediately Upon Arrival
Here is a checklist of important things to do within two weeks of moving to PEI. You can find more information and instructions on these items in the Guide for Newcomers to PEI from PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC).
- Contact Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population to register as landed permanent residents
- Register with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) or La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l'Î.-P.-É. Once you have registered with one of these settlement service providers, they will be able to assist you with any items relating to settling in PEI.
- Find a place to live
- Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Apply for a PEI Health Card
- Register for a family doctor
- Find out about local health clinics and emergency services
- Apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
- Apply for the HST Credit
- Open a bank account
- Get your language ability tested and find English or French classes for you and your family
- Register your children in school
Other Important Things to Do
Here is a checklist of other things that are important, but take more time to do and are helpful in making PEI a permanent home for you and your family:
- File an income tax return each year by April 30, regardless of whether you earn income or not
- Learn how to look for a job in Canada and about Canadian workplace culture
- Get maps and find out about local transportation
- Apply for a PEI driver's licence or voluntary identification card
- Find out where to shop
- Find out about sports and recreation in your area
- Learn about your legal rights and responsibilities
- Increase your knowledge about Canada and PEI
- Socialize and adjust to life in PEI
- Become a Canadian citizen
Visit the PEIANC website for more information and items to consider once you arrive in PEI.