Who should I notify of my change of address? 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, including a list of which changes of address should be made first.

The checklist will definitely help relieve some stress before you move. Besides, you can make many of your changes of address for free, no stress involved, and all in one place via your MovingWaldo account.

Organizations to notify as soon as you know your new address.

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.

  • Checklist of changes of address in Ontario – Priorities!
List of organizations, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!

Service Ontario

  • Drivers License
  • Vehicle and Land Registration
  • Health Card/OHIP
2 weeks before you move.

It’s the law to report changes to provincial services. Notify Ontario immediately to avoid potential fines.

More information on how to change your address with Service Ontario.

Ontario photo card

2 weeks before you move.

Only if you do not have a valid driving license from Ontario.

Your internet, TV and home phone service providers

  • Bell
  • Rogers
  • Cogeco
  • Etc.
As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free on MovingWaldo.

Most service providers require one week notice in order to schedule an appointment to set up services.

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

Your financial institutions:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Credit Cards
  • Investments
1 week before you move.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free on MovingWaldo.

Please note! For many financial institutions, changes of address for credit cards, bank accounts, investment or insurance are done separately/ independently.

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

Hydro One or any other electricity providers (residential)

  • Reliance
  • Union Gas
  • Horizon Utilities

And more.

As soon as possible, up to a month in advanceMore information on how to change your address for your energy provider.

Your Insurance policies

  • Home
  • Auto
  • Recreational vehicle (RV)
  • Life
  • Collective

and more

2 weeks before you move.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free on MovingWaldo.

Be aware that your change of address may have an impact on the amount you are paying for your insurance policy. 

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

Legend:

  • Change this address with MovingWaldo for free
  • Change this address directly with the organization

Organizations to notify before you move.

It’s better to notify these organizations and businesses before you move. This way, you will make sure not to lose any important mail, such as renewal notices, checks, special offers, etc.

  • Checklist of changes of address in Ontario – Priorities!
List of organizations, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!
Ontario Works (Financial and Unemployment Assistance)As soon as possible Not reporting address changes to your caseworker as soon as possible may result in changes to your financial assistance.
Employment Insurance (EI) As soon as possible.More information on how to change your address for EI.
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)As soon as possible.More information on how to change your address for CPP.
Old Age Security (OAS)As soon as possible.More information on how to change your address with the Old Age Security (OAS). 
OSAP Loans and Bursaries1-2 weeks before you move. 
Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) of the Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceAs soon as possible. 

It is mandatory by law to inform the RCMP of your address change. Have your license number on hand. 

More information on how to change your address with the RCMP.

Mobile phone provider

  • Rogers wireless
  • Koodo
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Bell mobility

and more.



1-2 weeks before you move.
  • From your online account.
  • By phone.

• For free on MovingWaldo.

 

Reward Programs

1-2 weeks before you move.Many reward programs send discounts by mail- do not miss out!
Magazines and Newspapers Up to a month before you moveThere 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 you supportUp to a month before you move. Important for your tax return!
Canada Savings Bond1-2 weeks before you move.

Depending on the plan you have completing specific paperwork may be required.

More information on how to change your address for the Canadian Savings Bonds

Ontario Savings Bond1-2 weeks before you move.Visit the OSB website for more information on how and where to send your updated information. 
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)1-2 weeks before you move.

Please note that you will need your 7-digit case number when you call.

Legend:

  • Change this address with MovingWaldo for free
  • Change this address directly with the organization

Organizations to notify before or after you move.

Despite being important to notify as well, those organizations don’t require to be notified a long time before you move. In many cases, you can simply notify them of your new address during your next visit. 

  • Checklist of changes of address in Ontario – The others.
List of organizations, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!
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 mantime.

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

Elections CanadaBefore the election period.

If you cannot complete the form online you can print it and send it directly to Elections Canada.

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

Elections OntarioBefore the election period.

Your change of address must be up-to-date in order to vote in your new district. 

Outdoor cardAt your convenience.The address on your license must be up-to-date with the Department of Forest, Wildlife and Parks to register your firearm(s) and/or other weapon(s).

Streaming and online services

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple Music 
Before or after you move.
  • On your online account.

In order 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 Amazone Prime.

EmployerBefore or after you move.
  • Notify the Human Resources (HR) department.
 
PharmacistOn your last visit before you move.
  • In person or by phone.
It is important to talk to your pharmacist to transfer your file to a new pharmacy, if required. Please note that some prescriptions are not transferable and you might therefore need a new prescription.
DentistOn your next visit/call.
  • Simply mention it at the reception.
 
LibraryOn your next visit/call.
  • Simply mention it at the reception.
 
MunicipalityWhen visiting your notary’s office.
  • With your notary.
 
Graduates/Alumni associationsBefore or after you move.Associations sometimes send promotional discounts. Make your change of address to take advantage of the promotions!
University and CollegesBefore or after you move.
  • Online;
  • By phone with the Registrar’s Office.
It is important to change your address to receive your transcripts!
Car manufacturerBefore or after you move.It is important to change your address to receive notices and reminders about your vehicle!
Car dealershipBefore 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 clinicOn your next visit/call.
  • Simply mention it at the reception.
 

Legend:

  • Change this address with MovingWaldo for free
  • Change this address directly with the organization

Special Mention!

Moving is often synonymous of stress, long administrative tasks and a significant waste of time and money. MovingWaldo helps you solve all these problems in just a few clicks! After some shameless self-promotion, we invite you to discover our free moving tools available to all.

  • Update accounts
  • Connect Internet, TV and Phone.
  • Secure home and auto insurance
  • Find resources, checklists and more.

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