The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation provides an excellent guide on purchasing homes in Canada.

"CMHC's Home buying step by step guide is here to make things easier for you by providing the information you require to make a wise home-buying decision. This section provides examples and worksheets that will guide you through the entire home buying process, from the moment you make the decision to buy your own home, to the moment the movers carry the first box through the front door. It couldn't be easier!" The full guide can be found on the CMHC website.