Frequently Asked Questions for New Canadians
Frequently Asked Questions:
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The following information can also be obtained from the Settlement Services website at www.settlement.org
How do I apply for Canadian Citizenship?
- You must be over 18 years of age
- You must have lived in Canada as a Permanent Resident for at least three years out of the four years right before the day you apply
- You must know how to speak or write either English or French
- Detailed information is available online
- Application forms can be accessed online
- If you have any further questions regarding the citizenship test, please call 1-888-242 2100
How do I apply for a Health (OHIP) card?
- Complete an online form or make an appointment at 1-888-376-5197 to get a Health Card at the St. Thomas Public Library
- You will need to present the following documents with the application: proof of citizenship or immigration status, proof of residency, a piece of identification with your name and signature
- For more information call 1-800-268-1154
How do I get a SIN (social insurance number)?
- You can apply in person or through the mail
- You need to complete an application form online or in person at the St. Thomas Service Canada Centre located at 406 Talbot Streete
- The following documents are needed. If you are a
- Permanent Resident (residence card, confirmation of permanent residence and Visa counterfoil in foreign passport, or confirmation of permanent residence and Visa counterfoil on Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada)
- Temporary Resident (work permit/employment authorization, study permit, visitor record or diplomatic identity card)
- For additional information please check the Service Canada website
How do I enroll my child in school?
- You will need to present the following documents to enroll your child: proof of child’s age, proof of address, proof of guardianship, proof of child’s immigration status, and immunization record
How can I get an Ontario driver’s license?
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older
- Apply at the Driver Examination Centre and show proof of name, age/date of birth, and a piece of document with your signature
- For additional information please call Ministry of Transportation in Ontario at 1-800-387-3445
- The closest examination center is located in London at:
220 Exeter Road, Unit 1
London, ON N6L 1A3