Move to Canada

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Desjardins is a major financial institution and we're ready to help you get settled in your new life and meet all your financial needs.

Just moved to Canada or planning to soon? Here are a few things to consider before and after your move.

Meeting your needs

  • Get information

    Send us your questions by filling out the information request form.

  • Open a bank account online

    Quickly and easily open an account at Desjardins from your home country.

Before you arrive

Study, work or immigrate permanently in Canada

Depending on your situation, you'll need to apply for one of the following:

  • a visa
  • permanent resident status
  • Canadian citizenship

For all the information you need about these key requirements, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada - External link. This link will open in a new window..

If you want to settle in Quebec

To start, you'll need to apply through the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion du Québec - External link. This link will open in a new window., who will be able to guide you through the process.

A few facts about the Canadian financial system:

  • The currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar (C$ or CAD).
  • 1 Canadian dollar equals 100 cents (¢).
  • Coins are in denominations of 5 ¢, 10 ¢, 25 ¢, $1 and $2 and bills in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
  • Each year you must file an income tax return to the Canadian government, and, if residing in Quebec, to the Government of Québec.
  • The Canadian financial system protects your money and helps you make it grow. It is strictly regulated.

We recommend that you arrive with some Canadian money already in hand.

Use the currency converter for banknotes.

Call on a Desjardins team of specialists to help you choose products and services that meet your needs as a newcomer to Canada.

Our multilingual team is ready to guide you through the various steps of your integration in Canada.

Meet the team

Once you've arrived

You're here, now what?

You'll have to do some things as soon as you arrive: