Social Insurance Number
Social Insurance Number (SIN): you need this to work in Canada
The Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine digit number used by the government to provide different programs to workers in Canada. Everyone who wants to work in Canada, including Canadian citizens, must have a SIN. You also need a SIN card to receive any government benefits such as Social Assistance.
How to Apply
To apply for a Social Insurance Number you must provide the true/original document that proves your identity and status in Canada. All documents must be in either French or English.
The quickest way to obtain a SIN card is by going in person to your local Service Canada office. There, you can fill out the necessary forms and show the proper identification. If you send your identification in the mail, you reduce risk losing precious documents.
To locate your nearest Service Canada office, look at the back of the White Pages phone book under Government of Canada or refer to the Service Canada website.
When you submit your application, ask for a receipt or temporary card - so you can apply for jobs while you wait for your card.You will receive your card 4-6 weeks after you apply. Your first SIN card is free.