You can start looking for accommodation before you leave for Canada, as there are many websites with information and available properties. At the very least, you should get an idea of prices for different areas and make a clear budget and list of requirements for yourself. If you are arriving alone, it is best to stay with family or at a hostel/hotel/motel before appropriate accommodation can be obtained. If you are arriving with the family, it can be better to come to Canada ahead of them in order to secure accommodation for their arrival.
Getting familiar with your surroundings is something that you should do immediately upon your arrival to Canada, so take some time to find and familiarise yourself with the following:
- Public transportation system
- Different neighbourhoods and areas
- Government information centers for newcomers
- Sources of rental information (newspapers, local community newspapers, etc.)
Upon your arrival to Canada, you will probably have to stay in temporary accommodation before moving in something more permanent. There are many motels, hotels, hostels and guesthouses catering to different types of guests both for the short- and long-term periods. By properly researching your options (and you should have many alternatives to choose from), you can save a lot of time, money and aggravation.