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Last Updated: 24th July, 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 article 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 a Case Study of a couple who managed to secure excellent high paying jobs within a month after landing in Regina. Wanna know more how they did it? Read here…

Me and my husband, Rohit, also came as immigrants this year in May. We got guidance from this article and followed the suggested approach. We used to open LinkedIn in the morning, and sort jobs according to date and started applying like 20 or more jobs in a day, no matter if they matched 100 percent or 50 percent and got a number of interview calls by this approach.

Also the writer suggested to create an account in a site HIRED, which helped me appear for interviews. You just have to create a profile on this, and if they accept you, your profile will be online, so that different employers could see them and contact you for interviews. You don’t have to go and apply jobs on this site, instead employers approach you. You can try this as well. https://hired.com/x/3dgte

There’s also a nice article written specifically for Indians who wish to secure a Job in Canada from their home country. If you are waiting for your PPR, you can find articles related to processing time here.

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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