Moving means officially changing your mailing address. How do you go about it? What steps should you follow to make sure you don’t forget anything? Here’s all the information you need to get this task done properly.
What is an address change?
An address change involves editing information about where you live to advise the authorities and your loved ones.
There are various situations in which you must do an address change. You are leaving your dwelling or property because:
You’re making a personal move
Your employer is relocating you to another site
You are separating and are moving to a new home
You’re moving into a student residence
You’re going abroad for several months
Why is it important to update your address?
It’s a legal requirement
If you live in Canada, you must change your postal address when you move. The authorities must have precise information to check your identity, keep your administrative status up to date and get relevant information during elections (to exercise your right to vote). Official Canadian and Quebec government communications must reach you easily.
To protect your privacy
Keep your personal or sensitive information out of others’ hands. When you change your address, you’re making sure that documents like bank statements and identity cards are sent to the right place.
To get your mail
Bills, notifications, cheques and letters need to get to your postal address. You wouldn’t want a government cheque to get lost along the way!
To avoid a service interruption
Do you want to live without internet or TV? Nope. Advise your providers of your new address to keep your services from being interrupted. And keep your teens from some anguish!
Address change in 8 steps
Want more details? We’ll spell everything out, step by step.
As you’re getting ready for your move, plan your address change several weeks in advance. Start by listing the people and groups you must inform.
You can also get a change of address form at your local post office. You can give them your new address and at the same time have your mail forwarded to your new place.
Contact your service providers:
Phone and cable
Internet and cellphone
Notify your financial institution and insurance companies.
Update your cards that contain your old address: credit cards, driver’s licence, ID, passport, etc.
Do you often receive packages? Remember to change your address with the relevant companies.
And let your friends and family know about this change, preferably by phoning them. That way, you’re reducing the risk of that private information falling into the wrong hands.
EspaceProprio Tip Make this task simpler by using a moving platform, like MovingWaldo. This website offers professional services that let you update your address in just a few clicks, by filling out a simplified form.
Who needs to be advised of your change of address?
Reminder Make sure these 10 government agencies and organizations get your new address. Note that the procedures to do this can vary by country, province or territory.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Government of Canada
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
Service Canada – employment insurance
Canada Immigration and Citizenship
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