Administrative guide when moving from Quebec to Ontario.
Moving from Quebec to Ontario requires a lot of planning and organization. You probably wonder what you should know about moving to Ontario, fair enough. Next from moving your belonging, you have to take charge on all the administrative paperwork related to the change of province. In addition to all the organization you must inform of your new address, others will require to cancel your accounts and find alternatives in Ontario. In order to do this properly you will need to gather some information, close and open accounts one by one. At least a month prior to moving you should put your head into this!
This article guide you in the procedure of closing and opening new local accounts after you have cancelled your initial accounts.
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1. Services and utilities to cancel/open accounts
2. Governmental agencies to cancel/open accounts
3. Companies to change your address.
- Check out our guides and checklists about address change in Canada.
How do I cancel and register to a energy account.
Unlike Quebec, the province of Ontario has many options for energy providers. Depending on where is located your new address, you can open an account with different providers.
First, cancel your account with Hydro-Québec.
Second, open a utility account in Ontario.
Below is a list of Ontario’s most popular energy providers and how to open an account with them. But before end, you must validate the availability of services at your new home.
FAQ - What energy providers are available in Ontario?
Hydro-One is Canada’s largest electricity transmission and distribution service provider. The company transmits and distributes electricity across Ontario
What you should know!
Hydro-One charges 30$ to open an account.
Erie Thames Powerlines
Erie Thames Powerlines is available within the municipalities of Port Stanley, Aylmer, Belmont, Ingersoll, Thamesford, Otterville, Norwich, Burgessville, Beachville, Embro and Tavistock. In 2011, Clinton, Mitchell and Dublin.
- Open an account with Erie Thames Powerlines by calling customer service at 1 (877) 850-3128.
What you should know.
Erie Thames Powerlines charges 15$ to open an account.
Alectra Utilities provides energy services across the Greater Golden Horseshoe area in Southern Ontario.
- Open an account with Alectra Utilities online;
- By calling customer service at 1-877-963-6900;
- By sending this account opening form by mail at:
161 Cityview Boulevard,
Vaughan, Ontario L4H 0A9
Veridian Energy is available in the cities of Belleville and Pickering, the towns of Ajax and Gravenhurst, the Municipality of Port Hope, and the communities of Beaverton, Bowmanville, Cannington, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Sunderland and Uxbridge.
- Open an account with Veridian Energy by filling in this online form;
- By calling customer service at 1-888-420-0070.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited offers energy to customers located in the city of Toronto.
- Open an account with Toronto Hydro by filling in this online form;
- By calling customer service at 416-542-8000
Enegrus Powerlines offers energy to houses in southwestern Ontario.
How do I cancel and register to a internet & TV account.
Telecommunication services providers are limited to certain regions of Canada, even the largest providers. Actually, their capacity to service you depends on whether their technology is connected to your new address. Therefore, it is possible that you must change service providers for connexion reason! When moving from Quebec to Ontario, this situation is likely to happen.
First, cancel your telecom account in Québec.
Second, open telecom account in Ontario.
If your current provider is not available or you want to compare your options, shop for new internet, cable and phone bundles at your new location. Then, schedule installation and/or cancel your old services. If you are a Vidéotron customer, you won’t be able to stay with them. Here are the largest telecommunication providers in Ontario. Make sure to verify their availability at your new address.
- Bell Canada
- Rogers Communication
- Cogeco Connexion
How do I cancel and register to a home security account.
Most of the time, home security companies offer services locally. Chances are that your current provider is not available in Ontario. The first thing to do is to verify their availability at your new address.
If your security system is through a “Do it yourself” (DIY) company, you can simply set up everything at your new address. Make sure to inform your company of your new location.
First, cancel your home security system account in Québec.
If you have to cancel your account, you must call customer service. The agent may ask for your account number.
Second, open home security system account in Ontario.
If you need to open an account with an Ontario-based company for your home security, take some time to compare what the options are on the market. There are many technologies and companies out there. It is worth evaluating your options!
How do I cancel and register my home and auto insurance policy.
Make sure that your auto and home insurer is licensed in Ontario.
If your insurer is not supported in Ontario, here is how you can cancel your home and auto insurance.
You can cancel your insurance policy at any moment for any reason. You can do this by simply notifying your insurer. However, your insurer might charge you a penalty. For example, the longer remaining policy term, the higher the penalty.
If you have more questions regarding cancelling your home and auto insurance in Quebec, call your insurer! If you need a specific piece of information, you can address your questions to l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).
Once you have cancelled your auto and home insurance, you will be able to shop for a new local insurance in Ontario, depending on your needs.
How do I cancel and register for a health card?
First, cancel your health card in Québec.
If you are taking up residence elsewhere in Canada, in this case Ontario, you must notify the Regie of your departure and return your Health Insurance Card.
You will stop being covered by the Health Insurance Plan on the 1st day of the 3rd month following your arrival date. Visit the RAMQ’s website to learn more about how this date is determined.
During this period from your arrival date and the date on which you stopped your coverage under the Quebec Health Insurance Plan, you will be covered for services outside of Quebec.
Second, register for Ontario Health card.
OHIP is Ontario’s health care plan. Through this service, the province pays for multiple health services you may need. This card validates that you are in fact covered by OHIP – you will need to show this card every time you see your doctor, visit an emergency room, have medical tests or surgery.
To qualify for OHIP, you must meet all minimum qualifications, and at least one of the additional requirements. You should visit OHIP’s website to obtain information on how to apply for OHIP and get a health card.
FAQ - When do I start being covered by OHIP?
OHIP coverage for a newcomer only starts approximately 90 days after your earliest proof of you moving to Ontario. This includes a work contract, a signed lease, or a utility bill for your new home. The date that is indicated on those documents (not your move-in date) is when OHIP begins counting its 90 days before you are covered.
How do I cancel and register to the public prescription drug insurance program?
First, you should deregister from the Quebec Public Prescription Insurance Plan?
You can cancel the Quebec Public Prescription Insurance Plan online on the RAMQ’s website.
Second, you should register for Ontario’s drug programs?
If you qualify, Ontario’s drug programs will pay most of the cost of some of your prescription drugs. These programs are separate from the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). OHIP pays doctors and other health care providers to provide certain health services.
To understand more about Ontario’s drug program, visit the Government of Ontario’s website.
How do I cancel and register for a driver's licence?
Now we will address how you should proceed when you are cancelling your Quebec drivers licence and taking up an Ontario one.
First, cancel your driver's licence registration with SAAQ in Quebec.
- Québec area: 418-643-7620
- Montréal area: 514-873-7620
- Elsewhere (Québec, Canada or the United States): 1-800-361-7620
- Send a letter requesting the cancellation of your driver’s licence.
- Fill out section 3 of your driver’s licence payment notice and send it to the following address:
Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
Case postale 19600, succursale Terminus
Québec (Québec) G1K 8J6
Second, you should apply for a Ontario drivers licence?
If you intend to live in Ontario for a long period, you will need an Ontario drivers licence. You have 60 days to exchange your out of province licence for an Ontario one.
To switch your licence for an Ontario driver’s licence, you must apply in person at a DriveTest centre. Click here to find the nearest DriveTest centre.
For further information on how to exchange an out-of-province drivers licence and how to apply click here.
How do I cancel and register for my vehicle insurance and registration?
How to request a refund of registration fees after leaving Quebec. Anyone who leaves Quebec while his or her Quebec driving privileges are still in effect is able to request a refund of all fees paid for the remaining complete months.
Click here to find out the procedure, benefits and grants, processing time and required documents, as well as contact information.
FAQ - What to do when you are a new residents
New Ontario residents have 30 days to register their vehicles. To obtain a permit and Ontario licence plates, go to a ServiceOntario centre. You must bring:
- A safety standards certificate
- Proof of insurance
- Vehicle Import Forms, if you have brought the vehicle in from another country.
- The vehicle permit, or ownership, from where you used to live.
- Proof of passing a Drive Clean vehicle emissions test if a test is required. To find out if your vehicle needs one, visit Driveclean website or call the Drive Clean Contact Centre at 1-888-758-2999. Out-of-province callers may call 1-905-440-7482 (charges apply).
To find out more about registering vehicles in Ontario you can click here.
FAQ - How do I get an Ontario identification card if I don’t have a driver’s licence?
This card provides government-issued identification to those Ontarians who do not have a driver’s licence. Having this card makes it easier for one to things such as open a bank account and perform other activities that require official identification.
To apply for a Photo Card you must go to Service Ontario and fill out an application.
How do I cancel and register to my hunting licence?
First, cancel your hunting licence in Quebec.
A hunting licence in Quebec expires at the end of the period in respect of the animal in which it was issued or when the transportation coupons have been removed or should have been removed. In this case, you will not need to cancel your account for the animal it was issued for.
First, cancel your hunting licence in Quebec.
This is an identification card issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to accompany your Ontario hunting licence tags.
Click here to find out how to buy an Ontario outdoors card.
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