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Social Insurance Number

Getting a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

In order to work in Canada, you must make sure that you have (1) authorization to work and (2) a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You can obtain a SIN at a Service Canada office — please see the Working in Canada section of this website for more information about work authorization. Your SIN will expire at the same time as your Study Permit or Work Permit.  If you would like to renew your SIN, you will need the same documents as you did for the initial application. Please note that there is no fee for getting the SIN number and in most cases the SIN will be given to you when you apply for it. Service Canada has stopped giving out SIN cards as of March 2014. So all you need is your SIN number.


Apply for your SIN in person at a Service Canada Office. Here is a list of Service Canada Offices near campus that process SIN applications.


  • 25 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario,  
  • 559 College Street, Suite 100, Toronto, Ontario
  • 100 Queen Street West, floor 1 Toronto Ontario.


Additional offices and locations can be found on the Service Canada website

What you need to do to get a SIN

Study Permit Holders:


To get a SIN using your study permit, it must include one of the following statements:

  • May work 20 hrs per week off-campus or full-time during regular breaks if meeting criteria outlined in section186(v) of IRPR
  • May accept employment on or off campus if meeting eligibility criteria as per R186(f), (v) or (w). Must cease working if no longer meeting these criteria

If your study permit does not have any of the above-mentioned statements, you need to apply for an amendment to your study permit before you can apply for a SIN. 


If your study permit has the above-mentioned statements, you will need to take the following to Service Canada to apply for your SIN:
  1. 1. Passport
  2. 2. Study Permit


Work Permit Holders:


If you hold a co-op or post-graduation work permit you can take the following documents to Service Canada to get your new SIN or update your current SIN:

  1. 1. Passport
  2. 2. Co-Op / Post Graduation Work Permit

For further details about acquiring a specific work permit, please visit the Working in Canada section of this website.


Social Insurance Number

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