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Change of Address Checklist for a Move in Canada

August 04, 2019

Are you in the process of planning a move?

Between packing up your house and painting the walls in your new space, you have a lot on your to-do list. And one of the most important items on that list is notifying the right people about your move.

Whether it’s a local move or a move across the country, here is a helpful change of address checklist for your move in Canada:


If you’re moving for a new job, then it’s essential that you let your employer know early enough for them to find a replacement.

After that, focus on your children’s institutions, clubs and organizations you belong to, and subscription-based services.

And it won’t be hard to remember friends and family—they won’t let you leave without saying goodbye!

  • Employer
  • Driver’s license
  • Children’s school
  • Clubs & organizations
  • Memberships
  • Subscriptions
  • Friends & family


If you’ll be sticking with the same healthcare professionals, then all you will need to do is give them your change of address.

However, if you will be moving long distance and are transferring your care, then you’ll also want to obtain your medical records as well.

  • Doctor(s)
  • Dentist
  • Other healthcare specialists
  • Veterinarian


There are several governmental agencies you must notify of your move.

From the post office to the Canada pension plan, these institutions must be told in a timely manner so that they can make the necessary changes to your contact information.

Many of these institutions have online forms that make the process extremely painless.


When it comes to your financial institutions, you will not only want to notify them of your new address, but also consider transferring your accounts to a new branch.

For your credit card companies and loan providers, this will ensure that you will not miss any important information sent via direct mail.

  • Bank
  • Credit card companies
  • Loan providers


Your insurance companies will need to know of your new address so that they can ensure confidential information is getting to the right person.

Contacting your house content insurer is doubly beneficial because you can find out if you have moving coverage built in to your policy.

  • Life
  • Motor
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Homeowner’s
  • Employment insurance program

Services & Utilities


Not only will you have to let your providers know about your change of address, but you’ll also have to let them know the specific dates you would like your utilities turned off at your old home and on at your new home.

  • Cell phone
  • Cable & Internet company
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Water department

Online Services

When it comes to your online shopping, you will probably have your address saved with your account for billing and shipping purposes. So, next time you go to shop at these sites, be sure to check the address you’re sending to!

Make a list of all the streaming services you subscribe to, as well so that you can change your billing address for those before your next scheduled payment.

  • Frequent online shopping sites
  • Streaming services

Now that you’ve notified the right people, it’s time to make the move!

Whether it’s long-distance move or a short drive down the road, give Dowell’s Moving & Storage Victoria BC a call at 250-361-9866 to learn more about our moving services.