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

The list of organizations to notify when you change your address gets longer each year as you get involved with new services and accumulate subscriptions. Thus, during a move, changing your address may become a tedious task! Fortunately, not all of your changes need to be made as soon as possible.

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 checklists 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, thanks to the centralized service offered by MovingWaldo.

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 Quebec – Priorities!

List of organisms, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!

Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ)

• Driver’s license

• Vehicle registration

2 weeks before you move

• By contacting the SAAQ

• Via the SQCA 

• For free on MovingWaldo

Please note! This change of address is mandatory; it is the law. You could pay a fine if the address on your driver’s license is no longer valid.

Your telecommunications service providers

• Bell

• Vidétron

• Cogeco, etc.

As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance

• From your online account

• By phone

• For free on MovingWaldo

Majority of service providers require at least one week of notice to get an appointment for the installation.

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 and bank accounts are done separately/ independently

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

Hydro-Quebec or other electricity providers (residential)As soon as possible, up to a month in advance

• From your HydroQuebec online account

• By Phone: 1 888 385-7252

Save 25$ by changing your address online on the Hydro-Quebec website. Click here.

Your Insurance policies

  • Home
  • Auto
  • Recreational vehicle (RV)
  • Life
  • Collective, etc.
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.

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.

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 Quebec – Important !

List of organisms, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!

Régie de l’Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ – Health Insurance) :

  • Health Insurance Card
  • Prescription Drug Insurance
1 to 2 weeks before you move. 
Retraite Québec1 to 2 weeks before you move. 
Loans and Bursaries Program (AFE – Aide financière aux études)1 to 2 weeks before you move. 
Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (Labor, Employment and Social inclusion)1 to 2 weeks before you move.
  • By contacting your local employment center;
  • Via the SQCA website
 
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). 
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
  • Vidéotron, etc.

 

1-2 weeks before you move.
  • From your online account.
  • By phone.
  • For free on MovingWaldo.
 

Rewards Programs

  • CAA Québec
  • Metro et moi
  • Air Miles, etc.
1 week before you move.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via MovingWaldo.
Many Rewards Programs send discounts by mail. Don’t miss out!
Magazines and NewspapersUp to 1 month before you move.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via 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 you supportUp to 1 month before you move.
  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via MovingWaldo.
Important for your tax return!
Commission de la Santé et de la Sécurité au Travail (CSST – Committee for Health and Safety at work)As soon as possible, up to 1 month in advance.Important if you receive monthly benefits from the CSST.
Canada Savings Bond1 to 2 weeks before you move. 
Quebec Savings Bond1 to 2 weeks before you move. 

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.

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 Quebec – The others.

List of organisms, agencies and companiesWhen to make the change of address?How to make the change of address?Important – What you need to know!
Revenu QuébecBefore 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 for Revenu Québec.

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 Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).

The Chief Electoral Officer (Quebec)Before the election period.
  • By contacting the Chief Electoral Officer 
  • Via the SQCA website
  • For free via MovingWaldo.
Your change of address must be up-to-date in order to vote in your new district. During election periods, the change of address must be made in person.
Elections Canada

Before the election period.

More information on how to change your address your Voter’s registration in Canada
Hunting and Fishing licenseAt 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. 
Boat permit1 to 2 weeks before you move If you change your name, address, or particulars of the pleasure craft after you obtain a Pleasure Craft Licence, you must update your licence.

La Commission scolaire (your child’s school).

As soon as possible.By phone or in person at the old and new school of your children.

Especially if there’s a need to enroll the child in a different school or for school transportation purposes (school bus).

 

More information on how to change your address for my children’s school.

Your Union

Before or after you move.
  • Online
  • By phone

More information on how to change your address for my Union.

Your professional order

Before or after you move.
  • Online
  • By phone

 

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.

This only applies to home owners because of the taxes.

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

Graduates/Alumni associationsBefore or after you move.

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

University / CEGEPBefore 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. 

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. 

Legend:

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