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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Places

What you need to know

How to update address

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration

Additional info

  • Please note: This address change is mandatory; it is the law! You could pay a fine if the address on your driver’s license is no longer valid.

  • More information on how to change your address on your driver’s license.
 

How to update address

Medical Service Plan (MSP)

  • Health Insurance Card
  • Prescription Drug  Insurance

Additional info

  • Update your address within 10 days of your move.

How to update address

Home Internet, TV & Phone Provider

  • Rogers
  • Shaw
  • Telus
  • Bell
  • Other

Additional info

  • 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.

How to update address

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

Financial Institutions

  • Bank accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Investments

Additional info

  • Please note: 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.

How to update address

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

BC Hydro or other energy providers (residential)

Additional info

  • Notify this provider as soon as possible, up to a month in advance.
  • More information on how to change your address with your energy provider.

How to update address

Your Insurance policies

  • Home
  • Auto
  • Recreational vehicle  
  • Life
  • Collective
  • Other

Additional info

  • Notify your insurers at least 2 weeks before you move.
  • 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.

How to update address

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

BC Public Service Pension Plan

Additional info

  • 1 to 2 weeks before you move.

How to update address

Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)  

Additional info

  • Update your address 1 to 2 weeks before you move.
  • More information on how to change your address with the CPP.

How to update address

Old Age Security (OAS)

Additional info

  • Update your address as soon as possible.
  • More information on how to change your address with the Old Age Security (OAS).

How to update address

Employment Insurance (EI)

Additional info

  • You can provide notification of a future address change up to 180 days in advance.

  • More information on how to change your address with EI.

How to update address

Student Aid BC

Additional info

  • Update your address 1 to 2 weeks before you move.

How to update address

Income Assistance

Additional info

  • Update your address 1-2 weeks before you move.

How to update address

Mobile phone provider

  • Rogers wireless
  • Bell mobility
  • Telus mobility
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Other

Additional info

  • Update your address 1-2 weeks before your move.

How to update address

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

Rewards Programs

  • BCAA
  • Air Miles
  • Other

Additional info

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

  • Notify them 1 week before you move.

How to update address

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

Magazines and Newspapers

Additional info

  • 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.

  • Notify them up to 1 month before you move.

How to update address

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

Charities you support

Additional info

  • Up to 1 month before you move.

  • Important for your tax return!

How to update address

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

Canada Savings Bond

Additional info

  • Depending on the plan you have completing specific paperwork may be required.

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

How to update address

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Additional info

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

  • You can change your address before or after you move.

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

How to update address

Elections Canada

Additional info

  • Update your address 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.

How to update address

The Chief Electoral Officer (British Columbia)

Additional info

  • 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.

How to update address

Hunting and Fishing license

Additional info

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).

How to update address

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

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

Additional info

  • 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.

How to update address

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

Boat permit

Additional info

How to update address

Streaming and online services

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple Music

Additional info

  • In order to avoid facing any issues with the change of your billing address.

  • More information on how to change your address with Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime.

How to update address

  • On your online account

Pharmacist

Additional info

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.

How to update address

  • In person or by phone

Employer

How to update address

  • Notify the Human Resources (HR) department

Dentist

How to update address

  • In person or by phone

Library

How to update address

  • In person or by phone

Municipality

Additional info

  • Depending on your city, you may need to go to their offices in person to change the address. Check your municipality’s website for more information.

How to update address

  • With your notary

Graduates/Alumni associations

Additional info

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

How to update address

University/College

Additional info

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

How to update address

  • Online
  • By phone with the Registrar’s Office

Car manufacturer

Additional info

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

How to update address

Car dealership

Additional info

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

How to update address

  • By phone or on your next visit

Medical clinic

How to update address

  • Simply mention it at the reception

Union

Additional info

How to update address

  • Online
  • By phone 

Professional association 

Additional info

How to update address

  • Online on the association’s website

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