Support Programs

Moving someplace new can be challenging. There are excellent resources and supports available for newcomers to Kitimat, both locally and from the Province of B.C.

Provincial Guide for Newcomers

A comprehensive guide from the province available in 8 languages.

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Welcoming Communities Program

Facilitates community integration and collaboration by introducing newcomers to available programs and community opportunities.

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Community Corner

Literacy support (English as a second language), learning opportunities, immigration settlement assistance and ESL tutoring to adults 19 years and older.

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Settling in Checklist

Moving to a new place can be overwhelming. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your transition to Kitimat as smooth as possible.

To DoInterprovincial NewcomerImmigrant
Register for Medical Service Plan (MSP)
Find housing
Register your vehicle with Insurance Company British Columbia (ICBC)
Purchase insurance (medical, housing, vehicle, etc)
Register your children in school
Apply for a BC driver’s licence (within the first 90 days)
Register at a family doctor
Purchase a pet licence
Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Apply for the Child Tax Benefit for children under 18 years old

Book your BC driver’s licence road test
Open a bank account

Settling in Information

Below you will find detailed relocation information and tasks to add to your to-do list as you prepare to move!

Medical Service Plan (MSP)

Are you eligible? 

 

Under the Medical Protection Act, enrollment with MSP is mandatory for all eligible residents and their dependents. MSP coverage is now free and you will no longer be required to pay a monthly fee. In order to enroll in MSP, you must fall under one of these four summarized categories:

 

  • Resident: You must live in British Columbia and be physically present in BC for at least 6 months of the calendar year
  • Dependent: Dependents of MSP beneficiaries are also eligible for coverage if they are BC residents as listed above. Dependents include:
    • Spouse
    • Child
    • Dependent post-secondary student
  • First Nations Residents: The First Nations Health Authority (www.fnha.ca) enrols and administers MSP to all Status Indians who are residents of BC.
  • Temporary Residents: Individuals who hold a study and/or work permits, working permits on working holiday programs. Permits must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

How to apply for MSP

 

If you are new to Canada, apply for your MSP as soon as you arrive. Your coverage may start three months after your arrival date. Private healthcare insurance is recommended in the interim.

If you are moving from another province, you should arrange for coverage with your former medical plan during the wait period. If your family is not here yet, they need to keep their existing provincial health care. Once they arrive, you can apply to add them to your new plan.

If your MSP coverage is under a group plan through your employer, union or pension plan, please contact your group administrator for more information on applying. To obtain the MSP application forms or to apply online, visit gov.bc.ca.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits. For more information on requirements and what documents you need to apply, visit canada.ca

 

The nearest Service Canada office to Kitimat to apply for your SIN is in Terrace:

 

Service Canada Centre

Address: 4630 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace

Phone number: 800-622-6232

Vehicle Registration

Before you can get licence plates and insurance for a vehicle in British Columbia, the vehicle must be registered with ICBC. Registering serves as the official record of your vehicle. It also identifies you as its owner. Register online at icbc.com

BC Driver’s License

You have 90 days to switch over your licence after moving to BC. You can drive with an existing, valid licence in the interim. For more information, visit ICBC’s website.

Insurance

It’s important to protect your family against unexpected challenges and ensure your assets and standard of living are maintained. Insurance is critical in reducing the stress of unforeseen circumstances and allowing you and your family to enjoy financial security.

 

The following insurance companies sell:

  • House and tenant insurance
  • CBC and private auto and recreational vehicle insurance
  • Business insurance

Envision Insurance 

Address: 956 Wakashan Avenue, Kitimat

Phone number: 250-639-4739

Website: www.envisionfinancial.ca

 

Kitimat Insurance Services 

Address: 244 City Centre

Phone number: 250-632-4485

Website: www.insurebc.ca/insurance-brokers/kitimat-insurance-services/

Children Tax Benefit

The Canada child benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The CCB may include the child disability benefit and any related provincial and territorial programs. For more information visit canada.ca

Kitimat Living Guide

If you’ve recently moved to Kitimat and want to know about what the city has to offer in more detail, this guide is for you. It contains detailed community information from recycling to transit schedules, maps and more.