Changing your address doesn’t have to be complicated

A new address means a new life, and this big step can be as stressful as it is exciting. All these upcoming changes require a lot of organization. Here are a few simple tips to make sure your move goes smoothly.

Before the move: Changing your address

Several weeks before the big day, contact your various service providers to let them know you’re moving. There are many useful websites that let you update your address with the institutions and providers you deal with.

With regard to your telecommunications service provider, don’t forget to contact them in advance to schedule a visit to get your services up and running. This way, your entertainment will be ready as soon as you arrive, so you can relax between unpacking boxes. If you are a Cogeco customer, you can change your address directly by going to My Account.

For other services, there are several tools to make sure you don’t forget anything. For example, you can change your address on your driver’s licence, vehicle permit and health card on this Service Ontario page. You can also find links for changing your address with various government organizations on the Government of Canada’s Change of Address page, including for Employment Insurance, anything relating to federal taxes, and voting registration.

The Canadian app MovingWaldo also lets you send your new contact information free of charge to nearly 700 organizations in just a few minutes.

Finally, Canada Post provides a mail forwarding service at low cost that will give you more time to change your address. You can take this opportunity to go green by signing up for online billing.

After the move: Finding the services you need

Once you’ve settled into your new home, you’ll want to get your bearings as quickly as possible. The main information regarding various municipal regulations or garbage pickup, parking stickers and snow removal can be found on your new municipality’s website (e.g. Oakville, Burlington).

If you have young children, finding a school will be high on your list of priorities. Go to your school board's website to find your local school and register your child as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to find out more about school transportation or public transport services—whatever’s relevant to you.

Finally, if you are becoming a homeowner, don’t forget the notorious “land transfer tax,” but also, and most importantly, the municipal and school taxes specific to each region.

To make sure you don’t forget anything, here’s a list of companies, organizations and ministries to notify of your change of address:

  • Appliance rental companies (furnace, water heater, etc.)
  • Canada Revenue Agency and Elections Canada
  • Chief Electoral Officer of Ontario
  • Credit cards
  • Dentist
  • Employer and union
  • Energy, gas or oil company 
  • Financial institutions (bank accounts, RRSP, etc.)
  • Hospital, doctor and medical clinic (hospital card, medical records, follow-up, etc.)
  • Immigration and citizenship Canada
  • Insurance provider (car, home, life, etc.)
  • Loyalty cards and store cards 
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Ministry of Education (student financial aid)
  • Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Municipality
  • Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
  • Ontario Pension Board
  • Pharmacy
  • Professional associations
  • Schools and universities
  • School board (school taxes)
  • Telecommunications service provider (phone, cellular, cable and Internet)

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