Who should I notify of my change of address? The complete checklist for changes of address for Ontario

The complete checklist for changes of address in Ontario

Before gearing up for a big move, the list of services to notify when you’re changing your address can seem endless. To make your moving experience as smooth as possible, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Ontario specific services to contact before and after your move. Luckily not all organizations need to be notified immediately, thus with our guide you can plan accordingly and target the most important services first. Thus, to simplify your change of address process, we have created a complete checklist of organisms, agencies, governmental departments and companies you should notify of your move.

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Who should I notify of my new address? The Checklist.

It is important to notify the following organizations and private service providers of your move as soon as possible to ensure an adequate and safe transition to your new home.

List of Organizations, Agencies, and Companies

Organization/Company When to Change Address How to Change Address Additional Information
Service Ontario

  • Drivers License
  • Vehicle and Land Registration
  • Health Card/OHIP
As soon as possible, at least 2 weeks before you move It’s the law to report changes to provincial services. Notify ServiceOntario immediately to avoid potential fines.

More information on how to change your address with ServiceOntario.

Ontario Photo Card At least 2 weeks before you move You must only update your address on your Photo Card if you do not have a driver’s license.
Electricity Provider

  • Hydro One
As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance More information on how to change your address with your electricity provider in Ontario.
Financial Institutions

  • Bank accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Investments
1 week before you move
  • From your online account
  • By phone
For many financial institutions, address changes relating to credit cards and bank accounts are conducted separately!

More information on how to change your address with your financial institution.

Insurance Policy 2 weeks before your move
  • From your online account
  • By phone
Your change of address may have an impact on the amount you are paying for your insurance policy. When moving to a new home, it is important to get at least 3 quotes from reputable insurance carriers. Do not assume your current home insurance policy is still the right choice for your new living situation.

More information on the impact of moving on your insurance policy.

Ontario Works

(Financial and Unemployment

Assistance)

As soon as possible More information on how to change your address for EI.
Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) 1 or 2 weeks before you move More information on how to change your address with the CPP.
Old Age Security (OAS) As soon as possible More information on how to change your address with the Old Age Security (OAS).
Mobile Phone Provider 1-2 weeks before you move
  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo
Home Internet, TV and

Phone Provider

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance
  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo
Most service providers require at least three weeks notice to schedule an appointment for the installation. When changing your address with your service provider, you might want to change providers at the same time. To find a new internet provider, check out the recommended internet providers near you.

More information on how to change your address with your telecom provider.

Streaming and Online Services

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple Music
Before or after you move
  • On your online account
To avoid facing any issues with the change of your billing address.

More information on how to change your address with Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime.

Rewards Programs 1 week before you move
  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo
Many Rewards Programs send discounts by mail. Don’t miss out!
Magazines and

Newspapers

Up to 1 month before you move
  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo
There may be a delay of a few weeks before your address is updated. If you have not received all copies of your magazines or newspapers following your move, contact their customer service.
Charities Up to 1 month before you move.
  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo
Important for your tax return!
Canada Savings Bond 1 to 2 weeks before you move More information on how to change your address with the Canada Savings Bonds.
Ontario Savings Bonds 1-2 weeks before you move
  • By phone: 1-800-267-4330
Visit the OSB’s website for more details on how and where to send your updated address information.
Ontario Disability

Support Program

(ODSP)

1-2 weeks before you move
  • By phone: 1-800-267-4330
Please note that you will need your 7-digit case number when you call.
Elections Canada Before the election period Your address must be up-to-date in order to vote in your new district. During election periods, your change of address must be done in person.

More information on how to change your address with
Elections Canada.

Elections Ontario Before the election period Your address change must be up-to-date in order to vote in your new district.
Canada Revenue

Agency (CRA)

Before or after you move You will also be able to change your address during the annual tax return season; you may have missed important communications in the meantime.

More information on how to change your address with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Canadian Firearms

Program (CFP) of the

Royal Canadian

Mounted Police (Arms

Permit)

Notify any change of address within 30 days

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Canadian Firearms Program PO Box 1200 Miramichi, New Brunswick E1N 5Z3

It is the law to inform the RCMP of your address change. Have your license number on hand when contacting them.

RCMP Renewal notices are sent to the address you provided. If you did not receive an application renewal notice, you should call 1- 800-731-4000 to confirm that the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) has your correct address on file.

More information on how to change your address on your arms permit.

Boat Permit 1 to 2 weeks before you move
Employer Before or after you move
  • Notify the Human Resources (HR) department
Pharmacist On your last visit before you move
  • In person or by phone
It is important to call your pharmacy so they can transfer your file to your

new pharmacy. Please note that some prescriptions are not transferable, and you might therefore need a new prescription.

Dentist On your next visit/call
  • Simply mention it at the reception
Library On your next visit/call
  • Simply mention it at the reception
Municipality When visiting your notary’s office
  • With your notary or lawyer
Graduate/Alumni

Associations

Before or after you move Associations sometimes send promotional discounts. Make your change of address to take advantage of the promotions!
OSAP Loans and

Bursary

1-2 weeks before you move
  • Online through the OSAP website
University Before or after you move
  • Online
  • By phone with the Registrar’s Office
  • By phone with the Registrar’s Office

It is important to change your address to receive your transcripts!

Car Manufacturer Before or after you move It is important to change your address to receive notices and reminders about your vehicle!
Car Dealership Before or after you move
  • By phone or on your next visit
It is important to change your address to receive notices and reminders about your vehicle!
Medical Clinic On your next visit/call
  • Simply mention it at the reception
Moving can also mean having to find a family doctor near your new home. You must sign up to Health Care Connect from the government of Ontario. Learn more here.
Union Before or after you move
  • Online
  •  By phone
More information on changing your address with your union.
Professional

Association

Before or after you move
  • Online on the association’s website
More information on changing your address with your professional association.

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