Who should I notify of my change of address? 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, we get it, no matter how useful and important 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 make this task easier for you, we created an address checklist! Our printable moving checklist includes governmental agencies, service providers, as well as organizations, all of which you should advise before your move. Also included is a timeline to help you determine which addresses need to be changed first. We can assure you that this checklist will help relieve some of the stress associated with the move!

While a checklist is handy and helps you stay organized during your move, here at MovingWaldo, we have made things even simpler! Our platform allows you to make all your address changes at once without charge, and best of all, it is stress-free. 

List of organizations to notify of 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.

List of organizations, agencies and companies.

When to make your change of address?

How to make your change of address?

Important – What you need to know!

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 change of address process online, make sure you have on hand one or more of the following documents:

  • Driver’s Licence or Vehicle Master Number
  • Licence Plate Numbers of all the vehicles registered to you
  • 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.

Telecommunications service providers:

  • Rogers
  • Bell Alliant and more

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

  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via MovingWaldo.

Majority of service providers require at least three weeks of notice to schedule an appointment for the installation.

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

Financial Institutions:

  • Bank accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Investments

1 week before you move.

  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via 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.

Nova Scotia Power or other electricity providers

Before your move-in date.

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

Your Insurance policies

  • Home
  • Auto
  • Recreational vehicle 
  • Life
  • Collective

2 weeks before your move. 

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

More information on the impact of moving on your insurance policy 

The Medical Services Insurance (MSI)

  • Health Insurance Card

Update your address within 10 days of your move

More information changing your address with the MSI

Nova Scotia Pension Services Corporation

1 to 2 weeks before you move.

By phone: 

 

Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)  

1 to 2 weeks before you move

More information on how to change your address for CPP.

Old Age Security

As soon as possible.
  • Call 1-800-277-9914
  • Mail your documents to the nearest Service Canada Office  
  • Or in person at a Canada Service Center near you

More information on how to change your address with the Old Age Security (OAS).

Employment Insurance

1 to 2 weeks before you move

  • Using your My Services My
  • Services Canada Account (MSCA)
  • Call 1-800-206-7218
  • In person at a Canada Service Center near you

You can provide notification of a future address change of address up to 180 days in advance of the actual change of address.

More information on how to change your address for EI.

Nova Scotia Student Assistance

1 to 2 weeks before you move.

By phone: 

 

Income Assistance (Department of Community Services)

As soon as possible.

Contact your local Community Services office.

 

Mobile phone provider

  • Rogers wireless
  • Koodo
  • Virgin Mobile etc.

 

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

Rewards Programs

  • Air Miles
  • Optimum/PC Points

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 Newspapers

Up 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 support

Up to 1 month before you move.

  • From your online account;
  • By phone;
  • For free via MovingWaldo.

Important for your tax return!

Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB)

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

Online through MyAccount

 

Canada Savings Bond

1 to 2 weeks before you move.

 

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).

Elections Nova Scotia

Before the election period.

By phone: 902-424-8584 

Elections Canada

Before the election period

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.

Online and streaming services.

  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple Music

Before or after you move. 

On your online account. 

More information on changing your address with your streaming services 

Hunting and Fishing license (Department of Lands and Forestry) 

At your convenience.

 

Arms permit

Notify any change of address within 30 days

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.

Boat permit

1 to 2 weeks before you move

A Pleasure Craft Licence is valid for 10 years. At the end of that period, you must renew your licence.

If you change your name, address, or particulars of the pleasure craft after you obtain a Pleasure Craft Licence, you must update your licence.

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 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.

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.

Depending on your city, you may need to go to their offices in person to change the address. Check your municipality’s website for more information.

Graduates/Alumni associations

Before or after you move.

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

University/College

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 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.

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.

We bring together more than 700 organizations across Canada with a single and simplified form.

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