Plan for a worry-free arrival to Niagara

The Government of Canada funds many free pre-arrival services online or in person to help you prepare for life in Niagara Canada. The Government of Canada’s website is also the place to go for up-to-date information on documents you need.

Pre-Arrival Services

How pre-settlement services can help

After you have received your permanent residency papers and if you are still living outside Niagara Canada, pre-arrival services can help you:

  • Understand life in Canada
  • Find a job in Canada and access labour market information
  • Learn about language and other skills for adapting to Canadian society
  • Learn about the free settlement services available after you arrive

Register for pre-settlement services

You can register for as many services as you need at no charge. Several that may be helpful include:

  • AccessCanadian Employment Connections provides online services in English and French to help internationally educated newcomers find jobs in engineering, financial services, human resources, information technology, sales and marketing, and supply chain
  • Build ON helps prepare new immigrants to work in the skilled trades in Ontario
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Forum provides online services in English and French to help newcomers prepare for apprenticeships and find work in skilled trade professions
  • Planning for Canada provides in-person and online services in English and French pre-arrival orientation sessions to economic class and family class immigrants
  • PrepCan provides online pre-arrival employment services in English to economic immigrants, their spouses and adult dependents. You can get information on the Canadian labour market, and help with your resume, interview skills and job search
  • Pre-arrival Food Safety Management Training Program provides online services in English and French to help skilled individuals with the tools and knowledge needed to work in the food and beverage industry in Canada
  • provides pre-arrival webinars, resources and a personalized settlement plan to help you start preparing for your move to Canada

Visit the Government of Canada’s website to search the full list of pre-settlement services.

Documents to Bring

Documents required to enter Canada

There are several documents you must carry with you to enter Canada and other documents you may need as you settle into life in Niagara Canada. Prepare your documents carefully and consider having important documents translated into English or French before you arrive.

The following are essential documents for entering Canada and should be carried with you at all times (do not put them in your luggage):

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member travelling with you or a Canadian immigrant visa (if applicable)
  • A valid passport or travel document for each family member travelling with you
  • Two copies of a detailed list of the personal or household items you are bringing with you
  • Two copies of the list of items that will arrive later and their monetary value

Other useful documents to bring

You may also need:

  • Children’s vaccination or immunization records
  • Birth certificates or marriage certificates
  • Adoption, separation or divorce papers
  • Diplomas, professional certificates and licences
  • Driver’s licence
  • Other important documents

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply to immigrate to Niagara Canada?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establishes immigration policy and makes decisions on who can enter Canada. Visit the IRCC website to apply to study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection.



What are the language requirements for Canadian Citizenship?

Canada has 2 official languages: English and French. You must provide proof of your language skills in either language.

What is express entry?

Express Entry (EE) is an online immigration application system. It allows people to submit a profile and be considered as a skilled immigrant. Candidates with the highest rankings are invited to apply for permanent residency.

What are pre-arrival services?

Pre-arrival services are free online or in-person programs for people who have been approved to immigrate to Canada.

Learn more about pre-arrival services.

Common Myths

Myth: I become a Canadian citizen when I marry a Canadian

Marrying a Canadian citizen doesn’t automatically give you Canadian citizenship. If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must follow the required steps.

Myth: You need a job offer to come to Canada

A job is one way, but there are other ways to immigrate to Canada.

You can apply to come as a visitor, an investor, a student, a temporary worker, or a permanent resident.

Myth: Your immigration program limits where you live in Canada

When you are a permanent resident of Canada, you are free to live and work anywhere in the country.

Myth: You need a representative to apply for Canadian immigration

You do not need a representative to apply for Canadian immigration. Many applicants choose to work with an expert who can review their file and ensure that it is complete and has the best chance of being accepted. In Canada, the only people who are authorized to represent your file for Canadian immigration, other than yourself, are:

Learn more about immigrating to Canada.

Niagara Immigration Statistics

Immigration in Niagara

Going back three generations and you will see that Niagara has built itself on immigration. Approximately 18% of the local population are first generation newcomers to Canada and that number is growing as people from all over the word are taking notice of the opportunities that exist here.



First generation 79,635 (18%)
Second generation 99,190 (23%)
Third generation or more 259,330 (59%)
Place of Birth Total
Europe 42,080
Asia 13,915
Americas 13,560
Africa 2,980
Oceania and other 320
Total 72,855
English 435,015 (97%)
French 34,030 (8%)
Non-official languages 74,885 (17%)
Italian 14,425
Spanish 8,160
German 7,460
Dutch 4,680
Polish 4,665
Mandarin 3,850
Arabic 3,330
Tagalog 2,725
Ukrainian 1,945
Serbian 1,900
Hungarian 1,815
Cantonese 1,640
Russian 1,635
Hindi 1,630
Croatian 1,570
Korean 1,365
Urdu 1,220
Greek 1,095
Punjabi 1,080