A few notes for people landing in British Columbia

I just wanted to share a few notes for people moving to British Columbia

If your vehicle is worth less than $ 10k, please get rid of it before moving. It’s not worth it going through the hassle of exporting from US /importing to Canada.

If you’re living in Vancouver or surrounding areas, public transportation is great.

And the last thing is the auto insurance costs. Even with documented insurance history for the past 8 years with no claims which gets you a 40% discount, you’ll still be paying more than $2000 / year in auto insurance, that’s over $200 / month. Auto Insurance in British Columbia is provided by the government (ICBC) so you can’t shop around

If you can do a soft landing at least 2 months before you finally move. [It’s in your best interest to do this]

  • Your PR card takes at least 6 weeks to 12 weeks to be processed and sent to the mailing address you provided
  • You can just switch you US Drivers License to A BC DL without doing a road test but they take your US DL and issue you a temporary piece of paper. You get the actual BC DL after you have received your PR card

If you don’t remember anything else remember this:

  • You should do a soft landing at least 2 months before you finally move. [It’s in your best interest to do this]
  • If your car is worth less than $ 10k, please sell it before you move. All the inspection and insurance costs are just not worth it
  • If you’re landing by land you can just rent a car or a Uhaul and drop it off in Vancouver
  • There is no Uber in BC but you really don’t need a car. Public transport is pretty good. Having a car just adds unnecessary monthly expenses. You could always get a car later once your situation is stabilized
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Thanks for the info @atreides. I will be moving to Vancouver, BC later this year.

I agree with the insurance part; it’s true in Toronto as well ($200/mo. insurance).

PR card took 4 months for me (2 months - resend photos - +2 months).

Could you explain how is the driver license related to the PR card? Isn’t the stamped CoPR proof of PR?

For e.g. if I already have a PR card and I show up at Service Ontario (or Service B.C. for that matter) they will take away my US DL and give me BC (piece of paper) DL I presume, and the DL card will arrive a few days later at the given address?

@avj If you already have your PR card, I guess you should be fine. Not sure about ON but in BC they issued me a temp license on a piece of paper and said to return when I get my PR card.

If you already have your PR card they should send it right away to your address.