Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number used in various Canadian government programs.

You will need to have a SIN card to work in Canada or to receive government benefits. It is one of the most important pieces of identification in Canada.

When you apply for a Social Insurance Number card, you must provide a primary document. You must also have a supporting document if the name you are now using is different than the name appearing on your primary document.

To apply for, or to amend, a Social Insurance Number, you must complete an application form. You can get an application from your local Service Canada office or print it from the government website (www.servicecanada.gc.ca).

It is also important that you get Social Insurance Numbers for your children. Remember that if you are a parent or legal guardian signing an application for a Social Insurance Number for a minor, you must also provide your own proof-of-identity documents.

The ANC can help with information and advice when applying for a Social Insurance Number.

It is best if you apply for your Social Insurance Number in person at one of one of the Service Canada offices. This is faster and more convenient because you do not have to give up your valuable identity documents. You may also apply by mail.

The following are the Service Canada office locations, as well as the Website, where you can apply for a SIN number or card. You can get the address of your local Service Canada office by calling the numbers below or visiting them online at www.servicecanada.gc.ca

Clarenville Service Canada Centre: (709) 466 – 8200
Corner Brook Service Canada Centre: (709) 637 – 4201
Gander Service Canada Centre: (709) 256 – 6500
Grand Falls-Windsor Service Canada Centre: (709) 292 – 5204
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Service Canada Centre: (709) 896 – 3323
Harbour Grace Service Canada Centre: (709) 596 – 9190
Labrador City Service Canada Centre: (709) 944 – 3655
Marystown Service Canada Centre: (709) 279 – 5600
Placentia Service Canada Centre: (709) 227 – 4001
Port Aux Basques Service Canada Centre: (709) 695 – 5000
Rocky Harbour Service Canada Centre: (709) 458 – 2307
Springdale Service Canada Centre: (709) 673 – 5800
St. Anthony Service Canada Centre: (709) 454 – 1017
St. John’s Service Canada Centre: (709) 772 – 2982
Stephenville Service Canada Centre: (709) 643 – 3766

If you are a Permanent Resident, the proof-of-identity document that you must present for a SIN card is one of the following:

  • Permanent Resident Card (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada); OR
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND Visa counterfoil in foreign passport (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada); OR
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND Visa counterfoil on Single Journey Document for Resettlement in Canada (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada); OR
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND Visa counterfoil on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Travel Document (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada); OR
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence AND Visa counterfoil on Red Cross Travel Document (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada); OR
  • Record of Landing (Issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada).

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