Here are some important steps to take soon after you arrive:
- Obtain these 4 key documents:
- A Saskatchewan Health Card from the Province of Saskatchewan is essential. You and each family member require a health card to receive health care services and to be covered for the costs of many medical services. There is no cost to get a card. Information for immigrants about the card and what it covers can be found at: saskimmigrationcanada.ca/health-card
Phone: 1-800-667-7551Apply online at:Saskatchewan Health
- A driver’s licence is required to operate a motor vehicle, and is often used for personal identification. Information for immigrants can be found at: saskimmigrationcanada.ca/information-in-various-languages To purchase a driver’s license, contact any Motor Licence Issuer. You will find them listed in the telephone directory. You can also contact Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), the Province of Saskatchewan body responsible for administering driver licensing:
Phone: 306-775-6900 (1-800-667-9868)
Address: 2260 – 11th Avenue, Regina, SK S4P 0J9
- A social insurance card and number from the Government of Canada is required to get a job, and to have access to government programs and benefits. This is provided by Service Canada
Phone toll-free: 1-800-206-7218
Address: 1783 Hamilton Street, Regina, SK S4P 2V7
- A Permanent Resident Card is your proof that you hold status as a permanent resident. It may be needed by government agencies to prove you are authorized to live and work in the country, or to show that you are eligible for government benefits. Contact the Government of Canada at: cic.gc.ca
Consider these important tasks that will help you get settled.
They are shown below with links to where you can find this information elsewhere on this website. Suggested tasks include:
- Record important phone numbers such as:
- 911 for all emergencies;
- 306-777-6500 for the police service for non-emergencies reginapolice.ca;
- 306-777-7700 for the Service Regina number for City of Regina service regina.ca;
- 305-352-5775 for the Newcomer Welcome Centre. reginanewcomercentre.ca;
- and phone numbers for any other organizations you may need.
- Establish an account at a financial institution such as a bank, credit union or trust company. This is for keeping money safe, cashing cheques and transferring money between countries. Also ask the financial institution about establishing a credit rating;
- Find language learning and translation services;
- Get a map of Regina – available at City Hall as well as stores and gas stations;
- Get information on bus routes;
- Find a family doctor;
- Register your child for school. Cefsk.ca; Regina Catholic School Board rcsd.ca; Public School Board rbe.sk.ca;
- Find employment Saskjobs.ca or reginajobshop.ca;
- Get involved in community activities and organizations Regina.ca;
- Get a copy of City of Regina Recreation Guide;
It is also useful to find a computer:
- Purchase a new computer from stores, which you can find listed in the telephone directory or on the Internet. There are also retailers for used equipment, and used computers can also be found in classified advertising in the Leader-Post classifieds.leaderpost.com, or on the Internet at usedregina.com, kijiji.regina.com or other websites.
- There are places where you will find free computer access, such as Regina Public Library at reginalibrary.ca .
- Organizations that assist immigrants may also help you find computer services, reginanewcomercentre.sk.ca.