How to Move to Canada From Australia

Prepare before moving from Australia to Canada.
Prepare before moving from Australia to Canada. (Image: canada image by Gary Blakeley from

Of course, moving to another country is exciting, but it can be stressful as well. You can spare yourself a few sleepless nights if you spend some time tying loose ends before leaving Australia for Canada. Obtaining the proper documentation and making sufficient preparations can result in a smooth relocation. Take care of your Australian affairs before you leave because you might not be able to manage them all the way from Canada.

Decide on an appropriate type of visa. Visit the website Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which is linked in the Resources section, to help make this decision. Australian passport holders do not need a visa to visit Canada, according to May 2010 information, but applying for permits is necessary if you want to work or study in Canada. If you consider a more permanent move, other types of visas are more suitable for you.

Apply for the visa. Wait for it to be issued before quitting your job or ending the lease on your apartment, however. That will ensure you won't be homeless or jobless. It can take months or even years for a visa to be processed and approved.

Decide when to move to Canada once you obtain your visa. Consider job contracts, lease periods and utilities contracts. You could be fined for ending contracts early.

Book a flight to Canada. Take into consideration that flights during the holiday season could be significantly more expensive than during other times of the year.

Prepare to move from your Australian home. If you rent, contact your landlord or real estate agent about your intent to move out. A few weeks' notice is usually required by a tenancy contract.

If you own your home, you can sell or rent it. The money could be used to get yourself set up in Canada. Otherwise, find a house sitter you can trust.

Inform your boss that you are resigning. Ask for a reference letter; it could be essential when you seek employment in Canada.

End service with providers such as utilities. When doing so, request final bills.

Consider what to do with furniture and other belongings. Put belongings you want to keep in Australia in storage. Sell others on the Internet or at a garage sale, and contact a moving company to send items to Canada. Some companies specialize in moving pets.

Look for at least a temporary place to live in Canada. You can do this over the Internet, or contact Canadian friends and relatives for help.

Search for a job. This can be accomplished online by sending your resume to prospective employers.

Pack for your flight. Because the flight will be long, consider packing toiletries and clothing items into your cabin baggage.

Say your goodbyes to Australia and leave. Have emergency funds and contact details with you when you get on the airplane.

Tips & Warnings

  • Canada has organizations for new immigrants that can help you in areas such as seeking a job, getting Canadian accreditation and renting. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website has a list of services provided for newcomers to the country. It is linked in the Resources section.

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