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As a newcomer to Canada, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and not know where to start getting all your documentation set up, who to ask for guidance, establishing the appropriate bank accounts, and learning about the area and neighbourhoods you’ll be living in.

At Synergy Lab, we want you to succeed in whatever’s next in your journey. With that in mind, we’ve compiled an ever-growing list of resources you might find helpful during your transition. We hope to make your to-do list a little less stressful!

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Guides

Immigration and Settlement Services

Are you preparing to immigrate to Canada, or are already living here? Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has a series of videos that will help you settle into your new life in Canada, including what you should do in your first two weeks in Canada, information about renting or buying a home, learning English or French, and working in Canada.

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Banking

Banking

Welcome to the Banking Information and Guidance section of our Newcomer Resource Hub, dedicated to supporting new Canadians in their financial journey. Here, you’ll find essential information and helpful guidance to navigate the Canadian banking system with ease. From understanding the basics of opening a bank account to exploring financial services tailored to your needs, our resources are designed to empower you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

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Provincial Guides

Health & Wellness

How to Obtain a Health Card

Obtaining an Ontario Health Card is a fundamental step towards accessing healthcare services in the province. As a crucial piece of identification, it ensures individuals can receive necessary medical care without financial barriers. The process typically involves providing documentation to prove identity, residency, and eligibility for Ontario’s health coverage. This may include items such as proof of Canadian citizenship or immigration status, residency in Ontario, and other supporting documents. Once the necessary paperwork is submitted and approved, applicants receive their health card, granting them access to a wide range of medical services, from routine check-ups to emergency care. Obtaining an Ontario Health Card not only ensures access to essential healthcare but also contributes to the overall well-being and peace of mind of individuals and families residing in the province.

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English & French Language Support

Canada has two official languages: English and French. English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories.

French is the main language spoken in Quebec and in some areas of Ontario, New Brunswick and Manitoba. There are also francophone communities in all provinces and territories across Canada. Quebec has a large minority of residents who speak English.

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