What should I do first?
Moose Jaw Multicultural Council (MJMC) and the Newcomer Welcome Centre
Your biggest support will probably come from the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council (MJMC) or the Newcomer Welcome Centre (NWC), or both.
There are some things that you may want to do at as soon as possible. A checklist will help you to do this.
If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada or a temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to get benefits and services from government programs.
Health care in Canada is funded though general tax revenue. New Saskatchewan residents must register themselves and their dependents for a Saskatchewan health care in order to receive health benefits. A Saskatchewan Health Services card is a valuable personal identification card, which you should be prepared to present whenever you need health services and for no other reason. Always carry your Saskatchewan Health Services car and present it when receiving health services.
Banking and Money
It is very important to have a bank account to deal with financial matters. Banks and credit unions (which are the same as banks) are looked at very closely by the government. As a result, when your money is deposited in the bank it is very safe.
Newcomers whose native language is not English should have a language assessment (a test of your English) as soon as possible. Ther are English classes available for most classes of newcomers. A language assessment will help determine your need and eligibility for English classes.
You can get around Moose Jaw by bus, taxi, bicycle, car, motorcycle, or by walking. There is also transportation for persons with disabilities.
Municipal Services and Utilities
Electricity, telephone, water, sewage, natural gas, and garbage collection are all looked after by people in Moose Jaw.