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Setting up at Concordia

Use the following information as a checklist to keep track of the things you need to do within the first week of your arrival in Montreal. You can also print the Getting Started Checklist.


If you are not a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident

  • Get a work permit upon arrival at the port of entry to Canada.
  • Apply for a temporary social insurance number, commonly known as a SIN number, at a branch office of Service Canada.
  • Send a copy of the work permit as well as the SIN card to the Faculty Relations Officer and the Immigration Specialist, GM 806.05, or as a .pdf attachment in an email to the Faculty Relations Officer and the Immigration Specialist. You must submit both documents in order to collect your pay.
  • Apply for Quebec health insurance at the RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) in person at: 425 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West, 3rd floor, bureau 300, Montréal (Québec) H3A 3G5 (this is near the McGill metro station). Work permit holders will need to bring their work permit with them.
  • Send the Benefits team in the Department of Human Resources the proof of RAMQ application, once available. Send Benefits a photocopy of your Health Insurance card, once available.
  • Open a local-area bank account.

If you are a Canadian from outside Québec

  • Apply for Quebec health insurance at the RAMQ (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec) in person at: 425 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West, 3rd floor, bureau 300, Montréal (Québec) H3A 3G5 (this is near the McGill metro station). Work permit holders will need to bring their work permit with them.
  • Send the Benefits team in the Department of Human Resources the proof of RAMQ application, once available. Send Benefits a photocopy of your Health Insurance card, once available.

For everyone

  • Go to Department of Human Resources at S-FB 1130 for a Concordia ID card
  • At HR, fill out Direct Deposit form (bring ID card, SIN, and void cheque to attach to form)
  • At HR, ask for a Benefits Enrolment kit if not already provided by Human Resources
  • Provide your faculty personnel administrator with your new local-area address and telephone number and update your profile (address, phone number, emergency contact, etc.) through the MyConcordia Portal
  • Visit the Concordia Intranet (Carrefour) for additional information on the University
  • Download Montréal city and transportation maps (if needed)
  • Download the Concordia campus map
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