I am thinking of doing something similar RNR. I have arrived here in Ontario and will be staying for a couple of months before moving accross to BC. I am then hoping of just swaping my ON licence for a BC one, thus avoiding siting the test.
i didnt have the paper part of my uk licence when i went to exchange it, which they require, as it was stolen on holiday a couple of months ago. I have now got to request a replacement from the UK at cost, then get it sent here, for ON to look at it. I was told that you get to keep the paper part and you only have to surrender the photocard.