Canada Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Whether you have come to Canada as a permanent resident or are here as a temporary
worker or a student, you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
if you plan to work in Canada. The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit
number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs
and benefits. Your SIN is a very important number and forms the basis of many transactions
in your day-to-day life in Canada. Employers use the SIN for payroll purposes and
they are required to report to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). You pay your taxes
based on your SIN. Your SIN is also used by many institutions as a basis to provide
you loans and credit cards.
In order to obtain a SIN you can visit the nearest Service Canada Centre. You can
also do it by sending you application by mail. To download the application, click
here. Here is the list of documents that you will need to apply –
- If you are a Permanent Resident
- Permanent Resident Card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- Confirmation of Permanent Residence and visa counterfoil affixed to a foreign passport
or a travel document
- Record of Landing issued before June 28, 2002.
- If you are a Temporary Resident
- Work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
- Study permit issued by CIC and a contract of employment from the learning institution
or employer on campus where you obtained authorization to study by CIC (this contract
must show the start and end date of employment and these dates must fall within
the study permit dates).
- Visitor record issued by CIC, indicating you are authorized to work in Canada.
- Diplomatic identity card and a note of permission of employment issued by Foreign
Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).
- If you are a Canadian Citizen
- Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate issued by the vital statistics agency
in the province or territory where you were born.
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
- Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad issued prior to 1977 by CIC
- If you are a registered Indian
- If you were born in Canada, you must submit your original primary document and a
Certificate of Indian Status issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
- If you were born outside Canada, you must submit your original foreign birth certificate
and a Certificate of Indian Status issued by INAC
All you supporting documents must be original and be in either English or French.
In addition to your primary document, you will need to submit one of the following
supporting documents with your application, if required:
- Certificate of marriage, record of solemnization of marriage or marriage statement
(or a similarly titled document, depending on the issuing authority) to support
your family name after marriage. (Note: This does not apply to Quebec residents,
regardless of where they were married after April 1, 1981).
- Legal change-of-name certificate or court order document issued in accordance with
provincial name legislation.
- Adoption order certified by a Canadian Court (applies to adoptions in Canada only).
Notarial certificate issued by the country of origin of a child adopted abroad and
used by the adoptive parents to have the SIN card issued in the adopted child’s
- Request to Amend Record of Landing issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
and used to amend a Record of Landing or a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document.
Please visit the Service Canada website
for more information on
obtaining the Social Insurance Number