Your Pre-Arrival Checklist & How to Prepare for the Canadian Climate

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With the school year fast approaching you may be excited and overwhelmed by your decision to study in Canada. The International Education Centre has compiled a list of tasks for you to consider prior to your arrival in Canada to help you navigate your transition.

Completed Tasks:

  • Applied for your post-secondary study permit and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), if applicable
    • You MUST have valid documentation to study in Canada. For any questions about your application, the IEC offers immigration advising free of charge;
    • If you have not yet applied for your post-secondary study permit, please contact us as soon as possible and we will gladly assist you with the process.
  • Purchased your plane ticket
    • If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, we recommend you do so as soon as possible to save money and guarantee you arrive on time;
    • Keep in mind that residence move-in is August 26th, orientation begins on August 28th, and classes start September 5th. It is very important to arrive on time to attend your first classes as professors typically review the course syllabus, provide important dates of tests and assignments, explain course expectations, etc.;
    • Upon arrival in Canada, you will need to find transportation from the airport to your final destination. Should you wish to pre-book transportation, Campus Servus offers pick-up service from the airport to UTM along with one phone call home. This service is available from August 21st to September 10th between 8:00am and 10:00pm and must be booked in advance.
  • Enrolled in courses

Upcoming Tasks:

  • Start a packing list, including:
    • Valid passport
    • Valid study permit
    • Booking details for your flight
    • Photo identification
    • UofT offer of admission letter
    • Money – make sure to bring enough cash for immediate expenses including, but not limited to, food and transportation
    • Medical records – recommended in case you need them
    • Bi-lingual dictionary or smart-phone application
    • Seasonal clothing – you can bring this clothing along with you, get it shipped to Canada after you arrive or purchase it in Canada once the weather starts to change
    • If you will be living in residence, take a look at their What to Bring/What Not to Bring List
  • Register for Orientation Week (O-Week)
    • O-Week provides you with many opportunities to learn about UTM and meet new friends through our various activities and events that will prepare you academically, socially and culturally for university life;
    • To register, click here!

Canadian Climate:

Canada has four distinctly different seasons throughout the year, and it’s important that you pack and plan accordingly. The four annual seasons to consider are:

  • Fall – Beginning in late September, average temperatures range between 10 to 15 °C. Prepare by wearing sweaters, vests, pants and layered clothing.
  • Winter – Beginning in December, average temperatures range between -5 to -20 °C. Wear coats, snow boots, gloves, hates, and other cold weather gear.
    • A jacket may not be enough. You will need various layers under your jacket to protect yourself from the cold.
    • Tip: You may want to consider buying your winter jacket in Canada – we have many stores that sell appropriate clothing for our cold temperatures.
  • Spring – Beginning in March, average temperatures range between 5 to 15 °C. Dress similarly to Fall, but make sure to add a rain coat and rain boots to your wardrobe for wet weather.
  • Summer – Beginning mid-June, average temperatures range between 25 to 30 °C. Wear breathable, light clothing and apply sunscreen.

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