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How to Apply for a Social Insurance Card (SIN)

Why do I need a Social Insurance Card?

  • When you’re ready to enter the workforce you will need to apply for a Social Insurance Card.
  • No employer will hire you if you do not have a Social Insurance card.

How to apply for your Social Insurance Card for the first time?

  • You can apply in person or by mail
  • If you have access to a computer and the internet you can download the application form from: www.hrdc.gc.ca or you can pick up your application from your local Service Canada Centre
  • It is recommended that you apply in person at your local Service Canada Centre

What documents do I need?

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE THE ORIGINAL
You need a primary document from one of the following that describes your status in Canada:

Canadian citizen born in Canada:

  • Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate (issued in Canada)

Canadian citizen born outside Canada:

  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada)

Status Indian Born in Canada:

  • Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate

Status Indian born outside Canada:

  • Certificate of Birth or Birth Certificate and a Certificate of Indian Status

Permanent Resident:

  • Permanent Resident Card (issued by Citizenship and Immigration)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence and Visa counterfoil in foreign passport (issued by Citizenship and
    Immigration)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence and Visa countfoil on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
    Travel Document (issued by Citizenship and Immigration)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence and Visa countfoil on Single Journey Document for Resettlement in
    Canada (issued by Citizenship and Immigration)
  • Confirmation of permanent Residence and visa counterfoil on Red Cross Travel Document (issued by
    Citizenship and Immigration)
  • Record of Landing (issued by Citizenship and Immigration)

For Children under the age of 12 the parent or legal guardian must also provide proof of identity

You may also have to provide a supporting document if your name appears different from your primary
document.

The following supporting documents may be submitted:

  • Marriage certificate or marriage registration
  • Divorce Decree
  • Legal change of name document
  • Adoption papers
  • Request to amend immigration record of landing or confirmation of permanent residence

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE THE ORIGINAL

How much do I have to pay for a Social Insurance Card?

  • If you’re applying for the first time your Social Insurance Card there is no charge
  • If you have lost your Social Insurance Card and you need to replace it you must pay $10.00

Where do I mail my application to?

Service Canada
Social Insurance Registration Office
PO Box 7000
Bathurst NB E2A 4T1

Where is my local Service Canada Centre?

Local office Information:
City Hall – Service Canada Centre
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H2N2

Cecil Street Community Centre Scheduled Outreach Site
58 Cecil Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5T1N6

Metro Hall Scheduled Outreach Site
55 John Street (King Street Entrance)
Toronto, Ontario
M5V3C6

College Street – Service Canada Centre
559 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G1A9

Gerrard Square – Service Canada Centre
1000 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario
M4M3G6

Centre – Service Canada Centre
25 St Clair Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario
M4T3A4

Flemingdon Park (Flemingdon Recreation Centre) Scheduled Outreach Site
29 St Dennis Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M3C3J3

Rogers Road Scheduled Outreach Site
605 Rogers Road
Toronto, Ontario
M6M1B9

Lawrence Square – Service Canada Centre
700 Lawrence Avenue West
North York, Ontario
M6A3B4

Etobicoke South Social Services Scheduled Outreach Site
779 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z1N4

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