Friday December 6th, 2013
Personal identification from the Government of Canada. You need to have a SIN to work in Canada. All adults in your family should apply for a SIN.
Forms are available:
The Service Canada Representative provides the fastest service. You can also mail in your application at the post office.
You will need to provide one of:
Keep a copy of the application if you are looking for work. Wait 3 to 4 weeks to get your card.
This card is needed for the free basic health services provided to all permanent residents of Manitoba. Manitoba residents with proof of the intention to stay longer than 6 months can apply for a card. Adults 18 years or older need a card. Family members will all be on one card and each person will have their own Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Some costs are not covered such as dental care, eyeglasses, medications, and ambulance fees. Extra coverage is available at a cost -see Blue Cross in the Health section of this guide.
Forms must be signed by officials at your local town or municipal office.
Forms are available at the following places:
Bring the Canada Customs form B4E (container list stamped at customs) and one of:
Wait 3 to 6 weeks to get your card.
The driver's license has 2 parts. An international driver's license is valid for 3 months after your arrival in Manitoba. You must have a new license before those 3 months are over. You need to carry your driver's license with you at all times when you are driving.
You need to register with MPI (Manitoba Public Insurance) and get a license at
Bring your old license and other identification with your address on it.
If a test is needed, you can take it in English, French, German or another language.
You can buy a Driver's Manual to study from the insurance office.
If needed, you can take an oral test or bring an interpreter.
There are 2 tests to take: a written test and then a road test.
To book an appointment, phone: 1-800-782-0777.
The driving tests are on Wednesdays at:
In Manitoba, you pay each year for your driver insurance. If you cause an accident, the cost may go up. You must change the address on your license when you move.
Your national identification documents (birth certificate, diplomas, school and work reports) may need to be translated. Settlement Services can help find someone to translate your documents and find a Notary Public or Commissioner of Oaths to certify your documents.