Whether you’re moving across town or across the world, there’s a lot you need to know. Here are some shortcuts to help you, based on our 30 years of experience helping to relocate people just like you.
Toronto School System, Public and Private
Every Toronto public school has a zone around the building that is the school’s attendance area. If you live in that area, you can send your child to that school. In some cases you may be able to send your child to a school in another area. However it is important to contact the school board to check availability.
Toronto Public Schools - Information on Toronto Public schools and school directory.
Private Schools - Information on Private Schools and School Directory.
Toronto Catholic Schools - Information on Catholic schools and school directory.
Universities & Colleges - Information and directory of Toronto Universities and Colleges.
Our handy checklist of documents you’ll need to register your child in school.
Good quality childcare can be hard to secure in some neighbourhoods, particularly for babies. Whether you a looking for a daycare centre or licensed in-home care, we suggest you start your search early. Here is a handy search tool for licensed daycare.
Bell Canada - Internet, Cable TV, home and cell phones Quick link for moving information and how to change your Bell telephone services.
Enbridge Gas - Enbridge Home Services.
Rogers Cable – Internet, Cable TV, home and cell phones.
Shaw Cable -. Internet, Cable TV, home and cell phones.
Toronto Hydro - Quick link to change information right here, right now on-line.
Toronto Water - Information on Toronto Water and how safe your drinking water is.
Toronto Garbage & Recycling - Need information on Recycling and what you can do to help Toronto keep clean? Here's the place!
Canada Post - Moving? Quick link to change your address, right here on-line. Postal code information.
Toronto Transit Commission – subways, buses and streetcars.
Go Transit – commuter buses and trains.
Taxis & Limos – directory and fares.
OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan)
Don’t forget to update your address. Do it online here.
New to Ontario? Click here for full details on how to apply for your card.
Just updating your address? You can do it online - here’s the quick link.
Registering Your Car
New to Ontario? You’ll need to apply within 60 days. Full information is here.
Moving to Ontario? You’ll need to register your car. Here’s a quick checklist.
Importing your car from the US? This is what you need to know.
SIN (Social Insurance Number)
New to Canada? You’ll need a SIN card for your employer and to open a bank account. Easy to apply – read all about it here.
Doctors & Emergencies
911 – Emergency Services – Fire, Police Ambulance
Health Care Connect helps you locate a family doctor in your area who is accepting new patients
The College of Physicians & Surgeons also has a doctor search tool.
Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000 is a free, confidential telephone service you can call to get health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
Ontario Poison Centre 1-800-268-9017 or 416-813-5900 offers expert poison advice, 24 hrs a day.
News and Information
Toronto.com - online entertainment guide.
Toronto Life – news, restaurants, shopping, and culture.
NOW - alternative news and entertainment.
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Recommended for those new in town
Wellbeing Toronto - facts & figures about Toronto neighbourhoods.
Toronto Newcomers’ Club – activities for spouses.
Internations – get-togethers for expats and global minds in downtown Toronto and online.