The complete checklist for changes of address in British Columbia.

Every year, you subscribe to different services whether it be a new internet provider or a popular magazine. However, no matter how useful or life-changing these services are, when it comes time to pack all your belongings and move, updating the mailing address to all your subscriptions is the last thing on your mind.

To help simplify this task, we have created an easy to use address checklist specific for the residents of British Columbia.

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Our printable British Columbia address change checklist includes governmental agencies, service providers, as well as organizations, all of which you should advise of your move. 

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Who should I notify of my new address? The Checklist.

It is important to notify the following organizations and private service providers of your move as soon as possible to ensure an adequate and safe transition to your new home.

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List of organizations, agencies and companies

When to change your address?

How to change your address?

Important to know

Medical Service Plan
(MSP)
• Health Insurance Card
• Prescription Drug Insurance

Update your address
within 10 days of your move

Insurance Corporation
of British Columbia
(ICBC)
• Driver’s licence
• Vehicle registration

You have 90 days to
switch to a BC driver’s license

This address change is mandatory; it Is the law! You could pay a fine if the address on your driver’s license is nlonger valid.

 

Electricity Provider
• BC Hydro

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance

More information on how to change your address with BC Hydro.

Financial Institutions

  • Bank accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Investments

1 week before you move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

For many financial institutions address changes relating to credit cards and bank accounts are done separately/independently! 

More information on how to change your address with your financial institution

Insurance Policies

2 weeks before your move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

Your change of address may have an impact on the amount you are paying for your insurance policy. When moving to a new home, it is important to get at least 3 quotes from reputable insurance carriers. Do not assume your current home insurance policy is still the right choice for your new living situation.

More information on the impact of moving on your insurance policy.

BC Public Service Pension Plan

1 to 2 weeks before you move.

Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)  

1 to 2 weeks before you move

More information on how to
change your address with the CPP.

Old Age Security (OAS)

As soon as possible

More information on how to
change your address with the Old Age Security (OAS).

Employment Insurance (EI)

1 to 2 weeks before you move

You can provide notification of future address changes up to 180 days in advance.

More information on how to change your address for EI.

Income Assistance

1 to 2 weeks before you move

Mobile phone provider

1-2 weeks before your move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

Home, Internet, TV &
Phone Provider

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

Most service providers require at least three weeks notice to schedule an appointment for the installation. When changing your address with
your service provider, you might want to change providers at the same time. To find a new internet provider, check out the recommended internet providers near you.

More information on how to change your address with your telecom provider.

Streaming and Online
Services

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple Music

Before or after you move

  • On your online account

To avoid facing any issues with the change of your billing address.

More information on how to
change your adress wth Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon
Prime.

Rewards Programs

1 week before you move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

Many Rewards Programs send discounts by mail. Don’t miss out!

Magazines and Newspapers

Up to 1 month before you move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

There may be a delay of a few weeks before your address is updated. If you have not received all copies of your magazines or newspapers following your move, contact their customer service.

Charities 

Up to 1 month before you move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

Important for your tax return!

Occupational Health
and Safety
(WorkSafeBC)

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance

More information on how to change your address with the Canada Savings Bonds.

Canada Savings Bond

1 to 2 weeks before you move

More information on how to change your address with the Canada Savings Bonds.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Before or after you move

• From their online service
• By calling 1-877-899-3599

You will also be able to change your address during the annual tax return season; you may have missed important communications in the meantime.

More information on how to change your address with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Elections BC

Before or after you move

• From their online service
• By calling 1-877-899-3599

More information on how to
change your address with Elections BC.

Elections Canada

Before the election period

Your address must be up-to-date in order to vote in your new district. During election periods, your change of address must be done in person.

More information on how to change your address with
Elections Canada.

Hunting and Fishing license (FWID)

At your convenience

To change your address on your FWID, you can either:

The address on your license must be up-to-date with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to register your firearm(s) and /or other weapon(s).

Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Arms permit)

Notify any change of
address within 30 days

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Firearms Program PO Box 1200 Miramichi, New Brunswick  E1N 5Z3

It is the law to inform the RCMP of your address change. Have your license number on hand when contacting them.

RCMP Renewal notices are sent to the address you provided. If you did not receive an application renewal notice, you should call
1- 800-731-4000 to confirm that the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) has your correct address on file. 

More information on how to change your address on your arms permit.

Boat permit

1 to 2 weeks before you move

A Pleasure Craft Licence is valid for 10 years. At the end of that period, you must renew your licence.

If you change your name,
address, or particulars of the pleasure craft after you obtain a Pleasure Craft Licence, you must update your licence.

More information on how to change your address on your boat licence.

Employer

Before or after you move

  •  Notify the HR department

Pharmacist

On your last visit before you move

  •  In person or by phone

It is important to call your pharmacy so they can transfer your file to your new pharmacy. Please note that some prescriptions are not transferable, and you might therefore need a new prescription.

Dentist

On your next visit/call

  •  Simply mention it at the reception

Library

On your next visit/call

  • Simply mention it at the reception

Municipality

When visiting your notory,s office

  • With your notary

Graduates/Alumni associations

Before or after you move

Associations sometimes send promotional discounts. Make your change of address to take advantage of the promotions!

Student Aid BC

1 to 2 weeks before you move

University

Before or after you move

  • Online
  • By phone with the Registrar’s Office

It is important to change your address to receive your transcripts!

Car manufacturer

Before or after you move

It is important to change your address to receive notices and reminders about your vehicle!

Car dealership

Before or after you move

  • By phone or on your next visit

It is important to change your address to receive notices and reminders about your vehicle!

Medical clinic

On your next visit/call

  • Simply mention it at the reception

Union

Before you move

  • Online
  • By phone 

More information on changing your address with your union.

Professional association 

Before or after you move

  • Online on the association’s website

More information on changing your address with your professional association.

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