The complete checklist for changes of address in Nova Scotia

Every year, you subscribe to different services whether it be a new internet provider or a popular magazine. However, no matter how useful or life-changing these services are, when it comes time to pack all your belongings and move, updating the mailing address to all your subscriptions is the last thing on your mind.

To help simplify this task, we have created an easy to use address checklist specific to Nova Scotia.

Download our printable Nova Scotia change of address checklist

Our printable moving checklist includes governmental agencies, service providers, as well as organizations, all of which you should advise of your move. 

Nova Scotia change address checklist

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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.

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List of organizations, agencies and companies

When to change your address?

How to change your address?

Important to know

The Medical Services
Insurance (MSI)
• Health Insurance Card

Update your address within 10 days of your move

More information about changing your address with the MSI.

Registry of Motor
Vehicles
• Driver’s licence
• Vehicle registration

You must notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of your new address within one month of your move

Before you start your address changing process online, make sure you have one or more of the following documents:

  • Driver’s Licence or Vehicle Master Number
  • Licence Plate Numbers of all the
    vehicles registered to your name
  • Nova Scotia Health Card numbers and birthdates for all household members
  • Complete new and old addresses

More information on changing your address with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Electricity Provider
• Nova Scotia Power

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance

More information on how to change your address with Nova Scotia Power.

Insurance Policy

2 weeks before your move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

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.

Financial Institutions
• Bank accounts
• Credit cards
• Investments

1 week before you move

  • From your online account
  • By phone
  • For free on MovingWaldo

For many financial institutions, address changes relating to credit
cards and bank accounts are done separately!

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

Nova Scotia Pension
Services Corporation

1 to 2 weeks before you move

By phone:

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

1 to 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).

Employment Insurance (EI)

As soon as possible

More information on how to change your address for EI.

Income Assistance

1 to 2 weeks before you move

Mobile Phone Provider

1-2 weeks before you move

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!

Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB)

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance.

Canada Savings Bond

1 to 2 weeks before you move

More information on how to change your address with the Canada Savings Bonds.

Elections Nova Scotia

Before the election period

You can change your address in person during the election period.

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.

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).

Hunting and Fishing License

At your convenience

Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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.

Employer

Before or after you move

  • Notify the Human Resources (HR) department

Boat Permit

1 to 2 weeks before you move

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

Graduate/Alumni
Associations

Before or after you move

Associations sometimes send promotional discounts. Make your change of address to take advantage of the promotions!

Nova Scotia Student
Assistance

1-2 weeks before you
move

University

Before or after you move

  • Online
  • 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

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.

Special Mention!

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  • Find resources, checklists and more.

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