We arrived in Winnipeg with our entire life packed in just 6 balikbayan boxes. As I mentioned in my previous post, the grass on the other side is not always greener, life away from home can be really lonely too. New beginnings can really be exciting but it is also overwhelming.
One of the first things that a newly-arrived immigrant does when he/she arrives in Manitoba is to apply for Manitoba Health card. Having a “health card” is very important as it your ticket to access Manitoba’s health services and programs.
You have already landed in Canada, you are now considered to be a permanent resident (PR) of Canada. Permanent resident status are given to a person who is a citizen of another country and decided to immigrate to Canada, you are given a permanent resident status but you are not considered a Canadian citizen (yet).
This morning, I woke up to Environment Canada’s extreme cold warning for Winnipeg because of the temperatures in the minus 30s and extreme wind chills of minus 40 to minus 50.
Environment Canada issues extreme cold warnings when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia. And today is one of those days for us here in Winnipeg.