Your arrival to Canada & Winnipeg (YWG) airport

Welcome to your life in Canada!

Citizenship & Immigration

Upon arrival into Canada you will go through Immigration and will likely be asked the following questions:

  • What is the purpose of your visit? To study at the International College of Manitoba
  • How much money are you bringing into the country? Show access to funds, e.x. bank statements etc. Ensure you have proof of access to funds to pay for your tuition and living expenses for at least one year (this can be your parents or sponsors bank statements). Annual living expenses for Winnipeg are estimated at $12,000 CDN per year.
  • Where are you going to school? What program? International College of Manitoba, show your Letter of Offer.

If you are confused, tired, jet-lagged etc, you can request a translator for assistance!

Your Study Permit will also be issued at your first port of arrival into Canada. Be sure to check your Study Permit details to ensure your information is printed correctly.

Declaring Your Personal Items to Canadian Customs

A review of current customs regulations should be done prior to your arrival in Canada. You should prepare two copies of a typewritten list of all goods you plan to bring with you through customs, along with any serial numbers and monetary values, where applicable.

For more information, please visit the Canada Border Service Agency website.

 

Arriving in Winnipeg

You will arrive at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG). New students should make arrangements with family/friends, your homestay family, book private airport pickup for when you arrive into Winnipeg, or take a taxi from the airport.

It is important to know the name, phone number, address, and hours of operation of your accommodations and have the information typed and printed. Your expected arrival time should also be communicated with your accommodations provider in advance and late-night arrival instructions should be confirmed prior to departure. In some cases, students arriving late at night may need to stay overnight in a hotel before moving into their accommodations.

Download the Pre-Arrival Guide and refer to the Arrival Transportation section for more information about airport transportation options such as taxis and private airport pick-up services: icmanitoba.ca/pre-arrival-and-registration-resources.