ARCHIVED – Basic services

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Heat and hydro

Finding a house or apartment is your first step in setting up a new home. Once you have found a place to live, you will need to get basic services and furnish your home.

Whether you rent or buy, you will need to get heat and hydro (electricity) services for your home. In Canada, some homes are heated by gas, others by oil and others by electricity.

Often, there are one or two main companies that provide these services in an area. You can find them in the yellow pages of your telephone book. Try looking under Gas, Heating Companies, Oils/Fuel and Hydro-Electric Utilities.

Safety precautions

Homes and apartments in Canada should have at least one smoke detector.

If you are renting, ask your landlord about the smoke detectors in your building. Check the battery in your smoke detector regularly to ensure it is working.

You should also check the windows and doors of your new home to make sure the screens and locks are not broken. You may also wish to install a security system in your home.


Housing video

This video offers information about:

  • Renting a home or a room
  • Lease agreements
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Getting phone, television and mail service

To watch the video, select your language and the topic “Housing”

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