Social Insurance Number
Getting a Social Insurance Number (SIN) should be a priority for newcomers and residents about to enter the workforce. It is a nine-digit number that allows you to work and to access government programs and benefits.
Eligibility and Requirements
If you are a Canadian citizen, newcomer to Canada, or temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to work and to participate in government programs and services. Children who are 12 years of age or older can apply for their own SIN. Parents and legal guardians can also apply for the SIN of children under the age of majority.
The Application Process
The application form for the SIN is available online. When applying for your SIN, you must provide one of the following documents with your application:
- Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate
- Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
- Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad
- Permanent Resident Card
- Confirmation of Permanent Resident, along with Foreign Passport or Visa Counterfoil (affixed to passport or travel document)
- Record of Landing
- Verification of Landing
- Work Permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- Study Permit issued by CIC, along with a contract of Employment
- Certificate of Indian Status, along with Birth Certificate (for registered Indians)
Once you have completed the application form, you can submit the form and supporting documents by mail or in-person at a local Service Canada office in Chatham or Wallaceburg. There is no charge for the SIN.
For full instructions regarding the application process, click here.