Living in Canada
In this section you can find links to useful Canadian federal and provincial websites with information about healthcare, education and social services.
If you have come to Canada with your family, you may need to enrol
your child in a local school. The education
system in Canada is administered by the provinces and
territories, and so regulations differ between provinces. You
can find information about Canada's education system, including
links to each province's Ministry of Education, here at the
Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Canada's health care system is also administered
by the provinces and territories, so public health insurance
coverage and regulations vary between provinces. You should
apply to the government of your province of residence for a health
card as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada. Until
you receive your health card, and if you are not eligible to
receive one, you should ensure that you have adequate private
health insurance. Information about the Canadian health care
system, including links to each province's Ministry of Health, can
be found at the Health Canada website.
The Canadian social welfare system is quite
complex as there are a wide range of federal and provincial
services and benefits. To find out about your entitlements
and the types of assistance which may be available to you, visit
the Canada Benefits website.
You can also find useful information about a range of Canadian
government programmes and services at the
Service Canada website.