The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number used to identify you to Human Resources & Development Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.
In order to work and be paid in Canada you must have both a Work Permit (unless your job is on-campus) and a SIN. Your employer cannot pay you until you receive your SIN.
In order to apply for a SIN, you must have EITHER
- a valid Work Permit OR
- an offer of on-campus employment
Step 1: Gather your documents
Review the Service Canada website and gather the documents that you will need:
- Completed SIN Application Form
- Valid Passport
- Valid Study Permit
- Valid Work Permit
A Contract of Employment/Job Offer Letter printed on official letterhead from the employer on-campus (the template Contract of Employment can be filled in and printed on letterhead)
NOTE: There is no application fee ($0) to apply for a SIN.
Step 2: Submit your application
You can apply in-person or by mail for the SIN. The fastest way to apply for a SIN is in person at any Service Canada Centre. If your application and documents are in order, you can get a Social Insurance Number in one visit and receive your card by mail within 10 business days.
The easiest location to access from U of T Scarborough is the:
Toronto Scarborough Service Canada Centre
200 Town Centre Court
Canada Centre, 1st Floor
Scarborough, ON. M1P 4X9
Open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm
If necessary, you can mail your completed paper package via traceable courier/registered mail to:
Social Insurance Registration Office
PO Box 7000
Bathurst NB E2A 4T1