When you arrive in Durham Region, you'll want to start getting settled. These are common items you might want to begin with.


Learn about banking and setting up accounts, as well as how to establish a credit history and borrow money.

Health care

There are public health care programs for newcomers and permanent residents. Look into the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) to get started.

Finding a home

Learn about how to find a home and the cost of living in Durham Region. This will help you understand how much you should be spending on your home.

Getting around and driving

Learn about our transportation options. If you want to drive, you will need to get a driver's licence.

Working and studying

If you are planning to work in Canada, you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
There are also lots of study programs available, including English classes to get you started.


There are settlement services available to help you through this move and to make your arrival as easy as possible.

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