Plan Your Move

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Immigration

Immigration requirements for you and accompanying family members to enter Canada will depend on the type of UBC appointment you have been offered. Your department will work with UBC Housing & Relocation Services and Faculty Relations to obtain permission for you to be able to work in Canada.

Immigration

Housing

Vancouver is composed of a mosaic of diverse neighbourhoods, each with different housing options. Depending on your personal needs, there are neighbourhoods both on and off-campus that offer various lifestyles and amenities to suit.

Housing

Child Care, Schooling, & Eldercare

UBC is the largest campus-based child care provider in North America, and continues to be the largest provider of infant/toddler child care in Vancouver. Off-campus childcare options are also available.

Vancouver has a world-recognized primary and secondary school system. If you have a work or study permit that is valid for more than one year you will be able to register your children for school and not pay international fees.

Child Care, Schooling, & Eldercare

Health Care

Living in Vancouver you will have access to a large network of health practitioners. This includes doctors, dentist and many others.

Health Care

Transportation & Driving

Getting around UBC and Vancouver is very easy. There is public transportation and car sharing networks. You can also to drive your own car in the city.

Transportation & Driving

Social Insurance Number, Taxes & Banking

The 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. All employees are required by Service Canada to present their SIN card to their employer within three days of starting work. You will also need a bank account to have your paycheque deposited into.

Social Insurance Number, Taxes & Banking