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Last Updated: 20th February, 2019


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Hey Guys, welcome to Saskatchewan. If you have landed here as part of the Saskatchewan SINP programme, you will find below a detailed list of priority tasks that need to be completed within the first 5-10 days after landing in Saskatchewan.

I can assure you that this will help in your smooth settlement in the new province.

So, good luck to you and while completing the below tasks, I would also suggest you to appraise yourself on the Process of Getting a Job in Canada.
There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country.

1. CoPR

– Make sure that your CoPR is signed / stamped by Canada Border Services Agency. There have been instances in the past when immigrants have reported that their CoPR do not have the Date/Signature.

2. SIN

– Apply for SIN either from the Port of Entry (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal) or from Saskatchewan.

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Regina Office:

Alvin Hamilton Building
1783 Hamilton Street
Regina, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Office:

Market Mall, Unit 120
2325 Preston Avenue South
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/tbsc-fsco/sc-dsp.jsp?rc=4318&lang=eng

Hours of service: Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Documents Required: Passport , CoPR (SIN is required for everyone in your family, including infants)

Cost: Zero

Duration for applying: 15 to 30 minutes

Once you have a SIN, you will be able to apply for a Mobile Connection, Open a Bank Account and apply for employment.

Please note that your SIN is confidential, so make sure you do not share it with anyone unless required.

3. Apply for a mobile phone connection

The best mobile networks are:

Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile, Fido

You can buy a plan from $48 – $55 monthly, which may include the below:

Data included 2GB

Anytime local minutes Unlimited

Unlimited text

Canada-wide calling

Call waiting and 3-Way Calling

Voicemail & Call Display

4. Rental Agreement

Take the Rental Agreement (on your name and include all the family members), it can be used as address proof for Health Card / Bank / SGI…etc.
Documents Required – Passport , COPR for Digital key
Cost:- Depends on your comfort (Ex:- 1050 monthly rent..means you have to pay one month advance + 1050 = 2100, few will request for 1575 in first month and 1575 for second month..after that 1050 only… )
Note:- Some times Rental could be Monthly or 6 months or 1 year..this depends on House Owner (my advise for newcomers is to better have a Month’s or 6 Month’s rental, which is safe)
Duration for applying :- 30 to 60 minutes

5. Bank Account

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must)
Duration for applying :- 60 to 75 minutes
Note:– My advise would be, if you are married , better take a Joint account (both will get different Debit cards and different Credit cards..For Credit cards ask one for Master and the other for Visa)
(I strongly recommend to have a discussion with banker every 6 months {if you are earning or not, some hidden charges will deduct from your account}, they will advise for benefits and try to avoid the bank monthly / yearly charges.)

6. Transit/Bus Pass

Documents required – Passport / COPR
Cost :-

  1. 92 (monthly unlimited rides) + 5 (First time Card charges) = 97$ (Expiry – 30 days)
  2. You can opt 10 rides with 29$ (no expiry)
  3. You can opt 20 rides with 58$ (no expiry)
    Rules :- If your kid is more than 5 years, need to take bus ticket(Cost – 2.75$) , Adults ticket cost would be – 3.25. (enough Coins should be carry , otherwise you can not travel in Transit)
    (Please do not go for full monthly pass in the winter , if you are a newcomer, you can not explore much, so dont waste money)
    Transit System: http://www.regina.ca/
    Duration for applying :- 5 minutes

7. Health Card

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown Regina / or you can apply online)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental agreement (Address proof is must) – For everyone
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes

(Visit E-Health office at Downtown)
Health Service Saskatchewan: https://www.ehealthsask.ca
List of doctors who accept new patients can be found here: http://www.rqhealth.ca/

8. Visit Open Door

Register for school admission / Resume & Cover letter / Few Trainings / Child benefit forms)
Duration for applying :- 15 to 30 minutes (for schools we need to visit RODS , minimum 3 times – First time for appointment , Second time for Test for 5+ years and Third time for school visit)

9. SGI Card

(This is Saskatchewan Identity Card and not a Driving License)
Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must) (no need to go to SGI office , any ISSUER will do ..Verify in google maps for nearby ISSUER)
Cost :- 15$
Note:- If you are going to take Driving license exam & road test with in one month means do not apply for SGI card. (SGI Card is very basic and address proof card)

10. Driving License

Documents Required – Passport / COPR / SGI ID Card / Rental Agreement (Address proof is must)
Cost :- 25$ (Eye test + Computer exam with multiple options) + 55$ for Road test.
If you need the driver’s license, here is where you can start: https://www.sgi.sk.ca/

Saskatchewan is home to clean air, pure water, light traffic and most of all, friendly people. It’s a place where people treat one another like a family. 

Please comment and share if you like this article and feel free to add in case I have missed out any point.

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