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Arriving in Canada

When you travel from your home country to Canada, you will need to bring all the required travel and identification documents. Be sure to review the list of important documents before you leave to make sure you will have everything you need when you arrive in Canada.

At the Airport

You will most likely arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport. When you arrive, you will go through several steps to officially enter Canada. Please expect immigration officers to ask you questions and be ready to present any documents that are requested.

Declaration Card

When arriving in Canada, all travellers must be identified on a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Declaration Card. You will be required to fill out the form before passing through customs to provide the Canadian government with a record of what you are bringing into the country. Be sure to check with your government that what you are bringing into Canada is allowed. If you do not accurately report the items you are bringing into Canada, you could face legal action.

Contact your Family

When you arrive at Pearson, you can use the free Wi-Fi to get in touch with your family, friends and loved ones back home to let them know you have arrived safely.

Getting to Laurier

You’re almost here! After you go through the arrival process at the airport, you will need to make your way to Laurier and, once you arrive on campus, there are a few necessities you will need to take care of.

You are required to arrange your own transportation from Toronto Pearson airport to your campus of study. There are several transportation options available to you, whether you are travelling to Waterloo or Brantford.

Airport Shuttle

Laurier offers international students arriving in Toronto a reduced-rate, airport pick-up through Airways Transit. The rate is $89 one way, taxes included. As soon as you know the date and time of your flight, you should book your transportation from the airport to Laurier. Airways Transit’s pick-up service needs to be reserved. The trip from Toronto Pearson International Airport to the Waterloo campus is approximately one-and-a-half hours.

To make your reservation with Airways Transit and receive the reduced rate, you will need:

  • Your flight information (airline, flight number, arrival time)
  • The address of your destination in Waterloo, or the name of your residence building
  • A credit card number
  • The reduced fare code WLUINTL 2018 (enter exactly as shown)

Greyhound Bus

You may choose to take a Greyhound bus to Waterloo. The Greyhound bus terminal in Toronto is located at Bay and Dundas Streets. You can find times and fare information on the Greyhound website. If you choose this option, the destination city is Kitchener. 

Once you arrive at the Kitchener bus terminal, there will be transit buses, operated by Grand River Transit, which will bring you to Laurier. You can find route and fare information on the Grand River Transit website.

Traveling by bus to Laurier could take several hours and will require you to transfer from a Greyhound bus to a Grand River Transit bus. If you choose this option, be sure to check the schedules and plan accordingly.

Other Options 

You can also arrange your own transportation from the airport to the Waterloo campus.

Airport Shuttle

Airlink Transportation offers a reduced single passenger fare of $95 one way, taxes included, to Laurier students. They provide a 24/7, door-to-door shared ride service.

To make your reservation you will need:

  • Your flight information (airline, flight number, arrival time)
  • The address of your destination in Brantford
  • A credit card number
  • A telephone number
  • The booking code WLUINTL 2018 (enter exactly as shown in the comments section of your booking form)

Once you have submitted your reservation online and provided credit card information for payment, Airlink will email you a confirmation.

You can also call them directly at 1.877.405.8278. When communicating by telephone, please clearly identify yourself as a Laurier student and offer the booking code as mentioned earlier. 

Via Rail

You can take a train from Union Station in downtown Toronto directly to the Brantford Via Rail station for about $45. If you need transportation from the airport to the train station, Metrolinx offers a service called UPExpress which will take you directly from Pearson International Airport to Union Station for about $12, one way.

Greyhound Bus

You can also take a Greyhound bus from Toronto to Brantford. Greyhound offers service between downtown Toronto and Brantford. You can find times and prices on their website.

Other Options 

You can also arrange your own transportation from the airport to the Brantford campus.

Temporary Accommodations

If you arrive at Laurier before you can move into residence, or need somewhere for family and friends to stay, there are a variety of short-term accommodation options in Waterloo and Brantford. These lists are meant to help you choose the best temporary accommodations for your needs. They are not comprehensive lists nor do they constitute an endorsement of any of the accommodations.

Hotels and Furnished Short-Stay Suites

(Distance from Waterloo campus in brackets.)

Bed and Breakfasts

The following listings are from the Tourism Brantford website.

Opening a Bank Account

When you arrive in Canada, you will need to open a Canadian bank account, and convert your money into Canadian currency (CDN). There are several banks near both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, making this task easy and convenient. More information on finances and banking will be provided during International Orientation.

To open a bank account, you will need:

  • Your passport and study permit (IMM1442) or temporary resident visa (TRV).
  • A government-issued photo identification card (your OneCard cannot be used).
  • Proof of your enrolment at Laurier (letter of acceptance or admission) and your OneCard.
  • Proof of your current address in Canada.

Getting Your Laurier OneCard

Your OneCard is a multipurpose, photo identification student card and is one of the most important pieces of identification you’ll have while at Laurier. You can get your OneCard at the on-campus offices. If your OneCard is lost, damaged or expired, be sure to report it right away.

During International Orientation, you will have the opportunity to visit the OneCard office to have your picture taken and your card printed. You also have the option of submitting your OneCard photo online.

You can use your OneCard at a variety of on- and off-campus food venues and stores, in both Waterloo and Brantford.