How Do You Apply for a Social Insurance Number in Canada?


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To apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in Canada, bring proof of identity to a Service Canada office, as described on the agency's official website. Service Canada automatically grants SINs to newborns as part of the integrated Newborn Registration Service, notes ServiceCanada.gc.ca.

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The SIN is an identity number that serves numerous purposes. The Canada Pension Plan, employment insurance programs and Canada Revenue Agency all use it to identify people, as noted by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. To apply for a SIN for Canada, use the following steps.

  1. Gather identification
  2. Gather original documents that prove identity. Acceptable document are listed on the Service Canada website.

  3. Apply for the SIN
  4. Residents living within 100 kilometers of a Service Canada office must apply for a SIN in person. To do so, simply bring proof of identity to the office. Residents living out of reach of a Service Canada office or who want to apply from outside Canada can apply by mail. Forms are available through the Service Canada website.

  5. Receive a SIN
  6. Service Canada offices usually grant SINs during the visit after seeing some proof of identity.

To apply for a SIN for a newborn, simply register the birth through the Newborn Registration Service.

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